Betsy Rosenthal

Betsy Rosenthal is the author of four picture books, including My House Is Singing, It’s Not Worth Making a Tzimmes Over!, Which Shoes Would You Choose? and An Ambush of Tigers. The latter is her most recent book and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Kirkus.It was selected by Scholastic’s Instructor magazine as one of the 2015 50 Best Books for Summer, is a 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award bronze medal winner, a Huffington Post Best Children’s Books of 2015 honorable mention, and winner of a 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

Her fifth picture book, Porcupine’s Picnic, is scheduled for release in 2017. Several of Rosenthal’s poems were selected by the Children’s Poet Laureate to be read in schools around the country as part of the poem a day program ( and one of her poems will appear in the Poet Laureate’s upcoming anthology, One Minute till Bedtime. Rosenthal’s middle grade novel in verse, Looking For Me in this great big family, has garnered numerous honors and awards. It was designated a Junior Library Guild Selection 2012, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers 2013, listed by Tablet Magazine under Best Children’s Books of 2012, and won the Children’s Literature Council’s Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry.

In addition, Rosenthal has had many essays published in newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, Mothering magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, California Monthly Magazine, and Working Writer.

Rosenthal was a lawyer before leaving that career behind to raise her children and concentrate on her writing. Her youngest child is a sophomore in college and her two college graduate children finally moved out, so, in a moment of temporary insanity, she went and adopted a puppy.



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