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Robert Munsch signs autograph for young fan, Guelph 1997
|Born||Robert Norman Munsch
June 11, 1945
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|Education||Master of Education (Child studies)|
|Alma mater||Fordham University
|Notable works||The Paper Bag Princess
Love You Forever
|Notable awards||Order of Canada|
Personal life and career
Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.
He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after having jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Child Studies from Tufts University. In 1975, he moved to Canada to work at the preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. He also taught in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph as a lecturer and as an assistant professor. In Guelph, he was encouraged to publish the many stories he made up for the children he worked with.
One of Munsch's best-known books, Love You Forever, was listed fourth on the 2001 Publishers Weekly All-Time Best selling Children's Books list for paperbacks at 6,970,000 copies (not including the 1,049,000 hardcover copies). The Munsches have since become adoptive parents of Julie, Andrew, and Tyya.
Munsch has publicly talked about his bipolar disorder and addiction issues. In August 2008, Munsch suffered a stroke that affected his ability to speak in normal sentences. He has recovered enough that he is able to perform live, but has put his writing career on hold until he is fully recovered. On May 15, 2010 Munsch revealed that he has been diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive and manic-depressive, and that he is a recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic.
Munsch is known for his exuberant storytelling methods, with exaggerated expressions and acted voices. He makes up his stories in front of audiences and refines them through repeated tellings.
His stories do not have a recurring single character, instead the characters are based on the children to whom he first told the story, including his own children. He often performs at children's festivals and appears at elementary schools, sometimes unannounced. In 1991, some of his books were adapted into the cartoon series A Bunch of Munsch.
Awards and honours
In 1999 Munsch was made a Member of the Order of Canada. On June 17, 2009, it was announced that Munsch would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2009. In 2009, Robert Munsch Public School opened in Whitby, Ontario.
|1979||Mud Puddle||Sami Suomalainen||1-55037-468-0|
|1980||The Paper Bag Princess||Claire Sparkes||0-920236-16-2|
|1981||Jonathan Cleaned Up — Then He Heard a Sound (also known as Blackberry Subway Jam)||0-920236-21-9|
|1982||Murmel Murmel Murmel||1-55037-012-X|
|The Boy in the Drawer||0-920303-50-1|
|1986||50 Below Zero||0-920236-91-X|
|Love You Forever||Sheila McGraw||0-920668-37-2|
|1987||I Have To Go!||Claire Sparkes||0-920303-51-X|
|Millicent and The Wind||Suzanne Duranceau||0-920236-93-6|
|1989||Giant; or Waiting for the Thursday Boat||Gilles Tibo|
|1991||Good Families Don't||Alan Daniel|
|Show and Tell||Michael Martchenko|
|1992||A Promise is a Promise (co-authored with Michael Kusugak)||Vladyana Krykorka|
|Moira's Birthday||Michael Martchenko|
|Purple Green and Yellow||Hélène Desputeaux||1-55451-113-5|
|1994||Where is Gah-Ning?|
|1995||From Far Away||Michael Martchenko|
|1996||Get Me Another One||Shawn Steffler|
|Stephanie's Ponytail||Michael Martchenko||1-55451-114-3|
|1998||Get Out of Bed||Alan Daniel & Lea Daniel|
|The Fire Station||Michael Martchenko||1-55037-171-1|
|Wait and See|
|1999||Andrew's Loose Tooth|
|We Share EVERYTHING!|
|2000||Aaron's Hair||Alan Daniel and Lea Daniel|
|Mmm, Cookies||Michael Martchenko||0590516949|
|2001||Up, Up, Down||0439988152|
|Ribbon Rescue||Eugenie Fernandes||0590038710|
|2005||The Sandcastle Contest||978-0439955904|
|I'm So Embarrassed!||978-0439952392|
|No Clean Clothes||0-439-93790-6|
|2008||Just One Goal||0-545-99035-1|
|Look at Me!|
|2009||Down the Drain||0-545-98600-1|
|2010||Put Me In A Book||1-4431-0080-3|
|Too Much Stuff!||978-1443102452|
|Give Me Back My Dad!||1-4431-0764-6|
|1998||Munschworks, The First Munsch Collection||978-1-55037-523-7|
|1999||Munschworks 2, The Second Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-553-4|
|2000||Munschworks 3, The Third Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-633-3|
|2001||Munschworks Grand Treasury||978-1-55037-685-2|
|2002||Munschworks 4: The Fourth Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-766-8|
|2007||Much More Munsch!||978-0-439-93571-5|
|2010||Munsch Mini-Treasury One||978-1-55451-273-7|
|2010||Munsch Mini-Treasury Two||978-1-55451-274-4|
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- "All-Time Bestselling Children's Books". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved September 25, 2006.[dead link]
- Picard, André (October 9, 2009). "How Robert Munsch grabbed a lifeline". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- "Growing Up Munsch (aired May 15, 2010)". Global Television Network, 16:9 (TV series). May 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- "Munsch Recovering From Stroke". Waterloo Region Record. November 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- "The Stars Align at the 12th Annual Canada's Walk of Fame". Canada's Walk of Fame. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
- Jones, Allison (2009-09-12). "Mandel, Munsch among new Canada Walk of Fame inductees". Toronto: The Globe and Mail, syndicated from The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- "Robert Munsch Public School".
- The Official Robert Munsch Website
- AuthorViews video interview
- Robert Munsch bio on Annick Press website