Robert Munsch Facts

Robert Munsch Facts
Robert Munsch is a bestselling children's author best known for his books The Paper Bag Princess and Love You Forever. He was born Robert Norman Munsch on June 11th, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fordham University in 1969 and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Boston University in 1971. He had originally decided to become a priest but later changed his mind when he discovered he loved working with children. He went on to earn a Master of Education in Child Studies in 1973 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and two years later moved to Guelph, Ontario in Canada to work with children.
Interesting Robert Munsch Facts:
As a child Robert Munsch liked to write funny poetry.
Robert Munsch's first seven years of post-secondary school were focused on him becoming a Jesuit priest.
While in school to become a priest Robert Munsch worked at an orphanage.
While at Tuft University Robert Munsch made up the story that would later be published as Mortimer.
While working in Guelph, Ontario at the Department of Family Studies at Guelph University he began telling made-up stories to children. He was encouraged to try to publish them.
Robert Munsch met his future wife while working at Bromley Heath Infant Daycare in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Robert and his wife moved to Canada to get work when the daycare they worked at lost its funding.
The librarian at the lab preschool in Guelph encouraged Robert to publish his stories. His boss gave him two months off to start publishing his work.
His first book accepted for publication was Mud Puddle. It was rejected 9 times before one publisher said yes.
Mud Puddle sold 3,000 copies in its first year. In the tenth year after it was published it had its best sales year ever.
Robert Munsch became very popular as a story teller and would often tell his stories to groups of 3,000 children at a time.
Love You Forever was written because Robert and his wife had two stillborn babies, in 1979 and 1980. It was published in 1986 and sold 30,000 copies that year, making it the bestselling book in Canada for 1986.
In 1987 Love You Forever sold 70,000 copies and then in 1988 it sold 1,000,000 copies.
Love You Forever also became a bestseller in the United States.
Robert Munsch's success in the United States went unnoticed until 1994 when the New York Times updated their bestselling children's book list, which they hadn't updated since 1978.
Robert Munsch writes about 2 books a year.
Robert Munsch likes to show up at daycares and school unannounced to read his stories.
Robert Munsch writes stories using real children that he meets as his main characters.
Robert Munsch was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999 for his contribution to children's literature.
Robert Munsch received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2009.
As of this writing Robert Munsch has published 54 children's books. This number continues to grow.


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