Children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal dead at 51

rosenthalobit.pngAmy Krouse Rosenthal was a popular children's book author. (Kevin Nance/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a popular author, filmmaker and speaker died on Monday, March 13, 2017. She was 51 years old.

Rosenthal had been diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer. Her death was confirmed to the Associated Press by her longtime literary agent, Amy Rennert, who said Rosenthal "was the most life-affirming person, and love-affirming person." 

A Chicago native and longtime resident, Rosenthal completed than more 30 books, including journals, memoirs and the bestselling picture stories Uni the Unicorn and Duck! Rabbit! 

While her books were noted for their exuberant tone, she started a very different conversation early this month with a widely read Modern Love column she wrote for The New York Times. Rosenthal told of learning about her fatal diagnosis, and, in the form of a dating profile, offered tribute to Jason Brian Rosenthal. The essay was titled, "You May Want to Marry My Husband."

Rosenthal was a Tufts University graduate who worked in advertising for several years before she had what she called a McEpiphany: She was with her kids at McDonald's when she promised herself that she would leave advertising and become a writer.

Rosenthal more than kept her word; starting in the late 1990s, she regularly published at least a book a year, and sometimes three or four. Rennert said Monday that she had completed seven more picture books before her death, including a collaboration with her daughter called Dear Girl.

"I tend to believe whatever you decide to look for you will find, whatever you beckon will eventually beckon you," she said during a 2012 TED talk.

From Hillel Italie/Associated Press