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Munsch signs autograph for a young fan at Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1997
|Born||Robert Norman Munsch|
June 11, 1945
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Nationality||US / Canadian|
|Education||Master of Education (Child studies)|
|Alma mater||Fordham University|
University of Guelph
|Notable works||The Paper Bag Princess|
Love You Forever
|Notable awards||Order of Canada|
Robert Norman Munsch children's author.(born June 11, 1945) is an American-Canadian
Personal life and career
Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on June 11, 1945. 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 centres. 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 College of Family and Consumer 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 Bestselling Children's Books list for paperbacks at 6.97 million copies (not including the 1.049 million hardcover copies). It has since sold more than 30 million copies and has been featured on the episode "The One With the Cake" from the television show Friends, as well as being mentioned by Oprah Winfrey on Late Night with David Letterman as being her favorite children's book. His other famous book The Paper Bag Princess has sold more than seven million copies and is considered to be a feminist story, as well as a literary classic.
Munsch has publicly talked about his bipolar disorder and addiction issues. In August 2008, Munsch suffered a stroke that affected his memory. He has since retired; however, he continues to publish two previously written books each year. On May 15, 2010, Munsch revealed that he has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive and manic-depressive disorder, and that he had a cocaine addiction that started in 2005 and was an alcoholic; at the time, he had been clean for four months, and had regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous for the previous 25 years and Narcotics Anonymous meetings more recently.
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 1985, Munsch won a Juno Award for his portrayal of "Murmel, Murmel, Munsch: More Outrageous Stories". In 1992, he was also chosen "Author of the Year" by the Canadian Booksellers' Association.  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, and in 2013, his star was revealed on King Street in Toronto. In 2009, Robert Munsch Public School opened in Whitby, Ontario, and in 2014, a second Robert Munsch Public School opened in Uxbridge, Ontario.
He is also the most stolen author at the Toronto Public Library.
|1979||Mud Puddle||Sami Suomalainen||1-55037-468-0||Annick Press|
|The Dark||Michael Martchenko||1-55037-450-8|
|1980||The Paper Bag Princess||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||Firefly Books|
|1987||I Have To Go!||Michael Martchenko||0-920303-51-X||Annick Press|
|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||Doubleday|
|Show and Tell||Michael Martchenko||Annick Press|
|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|
|1993||Wait and See||Michael Martchenko|
|1994||Where is Gah-Ning?||Hélène Desputeaux|
|1995||From Far Away||Michael Martchenko|
|1996||Get Me Another One||Mike Boldt||Doubleday|
|Stephanie's Ponytail||Michael Martchenko||1-55451-114-3||Annick Press|
|1998||Get Out of Bed||Alan Daniel & Lea Daniel|
|The Fire Station||Michael Martchenko||1-55037-171-1||Annick Press|
|1999||Andrew's Loose Tooth||Cartwheel|
|We Share EVERYTHING!|
|2000||Aaron's Hair||Alan Daniel & 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||Cartwheel|
|No Clean Clothes||0-439-93790-6||Scholastic|
|2008||Just One Goal!||0-545-99035-1|
|Look at Me!|
|Kiss Me, I'm Perfect!||Cartwheel|
|2009||Down the Drain||0-545-98600-1||Scholastic|
|2010||Put Me in a Book||1-4431-0080-3||Scholastic|
|Too Much Stuff!||978-1443102452|
|Give Me Back My Dad!||1-4431-0764-6|
|It's My Room!|
|2015||Ready, Set, Go!|
|2016||So Much Snow!||1-4431-4617-X|
|The Enormous Suitcase||Michael Martchenko|
|2018||Put Me in a Book!||Michael Martchenko||Scholastic|
|2018||Moving Day!||Michael Martchenko||Scholastic|
|2019||Just One Goal!||Michael Martchenko||Scholastic|
|2019||Sounds Like Christmas||Michael Martchenko||Scholastic|
|2019||Bear for Breakfast||Jay Odjick||Scholastic|
|2019||School Rules!||Dave Whamond||Scholastic|
|1998||Munschworks: The First Munsch Collection||978-1-55037-523-7||The Paper Bag Princess • I Have to Go! • David's Father • The Fire Station • Thomas' Snowsuit|
|1999||Munschworks 2: The Second Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-553-4||Pigs • Purple, Green and Yellow • Mortimer • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel • Something Good|
|2000||Munschworks 3: The Third Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-633-3||Stephanie's Ponytail • Angela's Airplane • Jonathan Cleaned Up • Show and Tell • A Promise Is a Promise|
|2001||Munschworks Grand Treasury||978-1-55037-685-2||The Paper Bag Princess • The Fire Station • I Have to Go! • David's Father • Thomas' Snowsuit • Pigs • Mortimer • Purple, Green and Yellow • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel • Something Good • Stephanie's Ponytail • Angela's Airplane • Jonathan Cleaned Up - Then He Heard a Sound • Show and Tell • A Promise Is a Promise|
|2002||Munschworks 4: The Fourth Munsch Treasury||978-1-55037-766-8||Moira's Birthday • From Far Away • 50 Below Zero • The Boy in the Drawer • Millicent and the Wind|
|2004||Munsch More!||978-0-439-96135-6||Alligator Baby • Andrew's Loose Tooth • Get Out of Bed • Mmm, Cookies! • Ribbon Rescue|
|2006||Murmel Murmel Munsch!
|1897166273||Mud Puddle • Pigs! • Boo! • Kendro's Braids • Squished Squash • I'm So Embarrassed! • Lacey's Kiss • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel • Flowers on My Jeans • Andrew's Loose Tooth • Something Good • Victoria's Lunch • Makeup Mess • Zoom!|
|2007||Much More Munsch!: A Robert Munsch Collection||978-0-43993-571-5||We Share Everything! • Aaron's Hair • Up, Up, Down • Makeup Mess • Playhouse|
|2010||Mad About Munsch: A Robert Munsch Collection||978-1-44310-239-1||More Pies! • Zoom! • Smelly Socks • Boo! • The Sandcastle Contest • Braids|
|2010||Munsch Mini-Treasury One||978-1-55451-273-7||Angela's Airplane • The Paper Bag Princess • 50 Below Zero • Pigs • A Promise Is a Promise|
|2010||Munsch Mini-Treasury Two||978-1-55451-274-4||Stephanie's Ponytail • The Fire Station • I Have to Go! • Moira's Birthday • Thomas' Snowsuit|
|2013||Munsch Mania!||978-1-44312-826-1||Class Clown • I'm So Embarrassed! • Just One Goal! • Look at Me! • No Clean Clothes|
|2014||Munsch Mini-Treasury Three||978-1-55451-651-3||David's Father • Mortimer • Purple, Green and Yellow • Show and Tell • Something Good|
|2017||The Robert Munsch Collection: Volume One||978-1-50404-984-9||The Paper Bag Princess • Stephanie's Ponytail • 50 Below Zero • Pigs • The Fire Station • A Promise Is a Promise • Jonathan Cleaned Up - Then He Heard a Sound • Moira's Birthday • Show and Tell • Mortimer|
|2017||The Robert Munsch Collection: Volume Two||978-1-50404-985-6||Angela's Airplane • David's Father • I Have to Go! • Mud Puddle • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel • Something Good • The Boy in the Drawer • The Dark • Thomas' Snowsuit • Wait and See|
|2019||Marvellous Munsch!||978-1-44314-863-4||Down the Drain! • Put Me in a Book! • Too Much Stuff! • Moose! • Give Me Back My Dad! • Hugs'|
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