Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Born April 29, 1965, Died March 13, 2017

Bestselling children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Chicago, died Monday, March 13, at age 51 from ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed in 2015.

Many in our area knew Rosenthal because she visited Washington twice to share her books with young readers.

Rosenthal’s first visit was in 2006. She came to Washington Public Library to read and sign the Book Buzz Pick “Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons,” illustrated by Jane Dyer.

In 2010, Rosenthal made a return trip to Washington for the 10th anniversary of Family Reading Night, an event that featured another Book Buzz Pick, “Duck! Rabbit,” illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

“That book was my runaway favorite of hers — a close second being ‘Little Pea,’ ” said Chris Stuckenschneider, who coordinates Book Buzz with Dawn Kitchell. “Both picture books are classic Amy, so clever and fun. It was my privilege to get to know Amy when she was here. She was incredibly talented, yet so humble and giving.”

When Newsbee, The Missourian’s literacy mascot, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Book Buzz, Rosenthal, as well as other Book Buzz authors, submitted videos of congratulations.

“Amy loved to play with words and numbers, and she created flash cards with numbers on them that could be read as words. It was unique and provided a lead-in to her next book, ‘Wumbers,’ ” Stuckenschneider said.

Since 2005, Rosenthal had written 28 picture books, two memoirs, delivered TED Talks, NPR commentaries and produced short films and YouTube videos, this according to an article in The New York Times.

A creative powerhouse, Rosenthal had lots of projects going at the same time and never seemed to run out of ideas, Stuckenschneider said.

In the final stages of her disease, Rosenthal received abundant publicity for an essay she wrote for in The New York Times, a love letter to her husband, Jason, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” published on March 3.

“Since then, it’s been gut-wrenching yet touching to see how the book industry has been affected by the news about Amy — she was much-loved and admired,” Stuckenschneider said. “What a legacy she has left all of us who love books. She won’t be forgotten.”