Berthe Amoss, award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, dies at 94
Art Business

Berthe Amoss, award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, dies at 94

Berhe Amoss, author and artist. Berthe Amoss, who built a career as an author and illustrator while rearing six sons, died in her sleep Sunday at her Pass Christian, Mississippi, home, her son Jim Amoss said. She was 94. For more than three decades, Amoss wrote two dozen children’s books as well as books about writing children’s books. She also taught, designed Advent calendars and wrote a column on children’s literature for The Times-Picayune’s books page from 1982 to 1993. But she had a tough time getting a foot in the door. After months of struggling to get a publisher to accept the books she had written and illustrated, Amoss was presiding over a ninth-birthday party for her son Mark in 1964. Tom, her 2-year-old son, was unhappy with where he was seated and did what 2-year-olds do: He threw a temper tantrum. While other parents might have seen a problem, Amoss saw a terrific idea for a story, which she called “Tom in the Middle.” Later, she said, “I knew as I wrote it that it was right.” Harper & Row agreed. “We’ll take it,” said Ursula Nordstrom, whom Amoss described as “the Queen Victoria of book publishing.” […]

OrangeniusInc Tweets