Berthe Amoss was born in New Orleans and attended Newcomb College and Tulane University where she holds a Master’s degree in English and Art. From 1982 until 1994, she taught Children’s Literature at Tulane and wrote a column, Reading, Writing, and Children, for The Times-Picayune.
Berthe was product developer for More Than A Card, Inc. and is now President of Cocodrie Press, LLC. She designs advent calendars for the National Gallery of Art, The National Cathedral, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago, as well as greeting cards for corporations and hotels, such as the Windsor Court in New Orleans.
With Eric Suben, former editor-in-chief of Golden Books, Berthe has conducted Two Perspectives workshops, and written books on Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books for Publication. The 10th anniversary revised edition of Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books for Publication-Two Perspectives is being reissued in March 2005.
Another 10th anniversary book published in November 2004 is Cocodrie Press’ The Cajun Gingerbread Boy, originally published by Hyperion in 1994.
From 2001 to 2003, Berthe returned to Tulane as the first recipient of a Newcomb College Authors Fellowship. During this time, she taught children’s literature in the English department and expanded Tulane’s children’s literature program, Trial Balloons.
Berthe is an Affiliate of the Cenacle, a Catholic order of sisters and has started a new line of children’s books for Word Among Us Press. She has just completed the sequel to Lost Magic entitled Searching for Magic, and is working on Pencil Prayer… How to Illustrate Your Journal and Draw Yourself Into Prayer.
Berthe is married to James Amoss, former CEO of Lykes Brothers Steamship Company, Inc. and now President of Marine Logistics and Sea Point. They have six sons and have lived in Hawaii, Germany, and Belgium. Berthe studied art in all of these places and at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. Berthe and her family now live on the Gulf Coast in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Awards and Recognition
- Children's Choice
- Amazon Best in its Field