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A few pages from “Uni the Unicorn”, illustrated by me (Brigette Barrager) and written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal!  It’s hard for me to describe how much I love this story, and how grateful I am that both Amy and our publisher allowed me to so much freedom with the art.  Uni comes out TODAY!  

You can buy a copy HERE!

More info about Uni the Unicorn HERE!

I’m turning left. Look, everyone, my blinker is on, and I’m turning left. I am so happy to be alive, driving along, making a left turn. I’m serious. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing at this moment: existing on a Tuesday, going about my business, on my way somewhere, turning left.
—  Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
You Want A Social Life, With Friends
  • You Want A Social Life, With Friends
  • Kenneth Koch
  • Writer's Block Party One
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Kenneth Koch reading “You Want A Social Life With Friends" (2000)

This was recorded by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. Here’s what she has to say about it:

One of my favorite poems appears in the book on page 144. It is called So You Want A Social Life With Friends, and it is by Kenneth Koch. In the fall of 2000, I had the privilege of recording Mr. Koch reading this poem in his Upper East Side apartment for an audio magazine project I was working on. I used a tiny Radio Shack tape recorder, and take full responsibility for the lack of high sound quality. (But I do admit I like the crackling and soundproof-lessness.) He was an impeccable, flawless reader—we were finished in two or three takes. Though he had been reluctant to agree to our session, once underway, he was a gracious, charismatic host. He had set up a nice tray with glasses of grapefruit juice. Fitting, because the whole thing was bittersweet. Mr. Koch died a year later. I believe this is one of his last recordings.

Amazing! One of my favorite poems, too.

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THE BECKONING OF LOVELY final gathering at Bean on 11/11/11 

To learn more about The Beckoning of Lovely or how you can be involved in creating the book for Henry, head over to Amy’s site.

Book Gifts for Kids 4 to 7: Perfect picture books for petite perusers. 

(For all our Holiday 2014 gift guides, click here!)

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s ThoughtBubbler: Kindness

This is one of my favorite things in the Universe, and though I forget it from time to time, I always come back to this video. It is thoroughly inspiring and thought-provoking, and it is because of people like Amy that I want to be a better person.

You should watch it.

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BIRTHDAY: I am very glad I was born and definitely appreciate the ongoing alive status that each birthday brings, but I do not typically get into the animated birthday hoopla spirit. I do recognize, however, that for me it is a fine line between not wanting to make a big deal about my birthday but also wanting family and certain friends to dote enough to satisfy some nebulous quality/quantity acknowledge-my-birthday barometer.
—  Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
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The Beckoning of Lovely Story (from start to finish-ish)

(Also, cheap trick to make you watch this: Spot the Starkid!)

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The Beckoning of Lovely Story (from start to finish-ish) (by Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

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Too cute!

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is the best.

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

I’m not counting it as one of my 52 but I wanted to post about it. This is one of the CUTEST little kid picture books ever! It’s a short read that debates whether the animal in the picture is a rabbit or a duck.

When I read picture books, I like to think of the BORED people who wrote them. And you know they HAVE TO be bored or drunk or SOMETHING to come up with this randomness. I love it and I usually bring it to every babysitting job I get. One of the five year-olds that I babysat read it with me and we pretended to really be debating over it. It’s a lot of fun and helps the kids really open up with you.