Sunday, February 14, 2010

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

So, I have been noticing that I LOVE Amy Krouse Rosenthal lately. I've loved so many of her new books and SPOON has been quite the hit in the library. Today, at Cover to Cover, I picked up a new poetry book titled THE WONDER BOOK and when I saw that it was written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, I bought it without opening it. The girl doesn't ever let us down. She is quite amazing. THE WONDER BOOK is a great addition to any home, classroom or library. It is a fun book that is all about joy. The inside flap tells us that the book addresses so many things that Amy Krouse Rosenthal often wonders about. (for example, Does Miss Mary Mack have friends who liked other colors? and Who hid something under the tooth fairy's pillow when she was a little girl?) Lots of poems and stories that are just pure fun, a little advice, some reminders about table manners and more. Here is a book trailer with a few words from Amy about her new book.

As often happens when I find an author that I realized I've loved for a while but haven't really paid attention to, I checked out her website, made sure I had all of her books, etc. Come to find out, I would like Amy Krouse Rosenthal even if she weren't an author. She is the best. And it seems that Mary Lee also discovered all of the amazing things that she does which she shared some of on last week's POETRY FRIDAY. If you visit her website, I am sure you will agree too.

First of all, I didn't realize she had so many adult books out. I will need to check those out. But my favorite find was Amy's short videos. How have I not known about this before? Amy is all about joy and has started her own little mission on beckoning the lovely. You need to spend some time watching how it all began in August, 2008. Then go watch what has happened since.. You can visit her site The Beckoning of Lovely to see it all in one place. I would now like to buy a yellow umbrella. Imagine what a great place the world would be if more of us carried yellow umbrellas around and gathered people in this way. She is amazing.

On an aside, I think her films are such fun. Imagine what kids could create if we showed them 14 Things I Love or 9 New Things I'm Excited About

And check out Mission Amy K.R.. I think we should all live our lives like this. If there is no Amy Krouse Rosenthal Fan Club, I think we need to start one soon. We could all carry yellow umbrellas.


  1. Have you read her book for adults, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life? It's how I first discovered her and it is a fabulous book.

  2. Wow! Thanks so much for posting this! I had only heard of Spoon, which I'm buying right now... but the rest of her stuff... so cool. I SO feel like doing videos like "Things I love" with my students...
    Thanks for always directing me to books & authors I'll love!

  3. I love Rosenthal's books, too. They are consistently in my favorites list every year. Thanks for sharing about her new one. I need to run out and get it now!

  4. I agree with you! She is wonderful regardless of whether she writes children's books or not. It is very inspiring to see how a person can turn ordinary things into extraordinary! Love it! See you next weekend. :)

  5. I can't wait to explore what you have found, thanks for discovering all of this and sharing. I think the Wonder book would fit perfect with a poetry unit using Georgia Heards doors to poetry.

  6. WOW! What a goldmine you have shared. I had no idea that AKR wrote for adults and I'm thrilled to see her new "wonder" book. :-)

  7. I adore her books! Thanks for details about this new one and the video and links!

  8. Hi there, I found your blog when searching on Google. I love Google for this reason, finding things I wouldn't normally find.

    I am a huge Amy Krouse Rosenthal fan/supporter. Don't you think there should be a curriculum written specifically using her books? I do! Collectively, they are a philosophy, I think.

    Yes, I think she needs a fan club! I recently blogged about carrying out some of the MISSions from her MISSion blog. Fun times! I am going to attempt to contact some of you commentors here, as well as the author of this post, through my e-mail address, out for that.


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