Robert Munsch is one of North America’s bestselling children’s authors, best known for The Paper Bag Princess, now available on Kindle. His books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into over a dozen languages.
“I got into it backwards!” says Munsch about becoming a children’s author. He makes up most of his stories on the spot, and tells them over and over to kids before he writes them down.
“I didn’t know I was writing, but I had discovered that was my writing process. The kids were my filter; I tried out lots of stories and the ones they liked were the good ones. The text would slowly evolve,” Munsch explains. “I might have this story about Elizabeth and a dragon, and after 250 tellings it would turn out to be The Paper Bag Princess.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Munsch studied for seven years to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. For the next five years he taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned a master’s degree in early childhood education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario, where he became an associate professor of family studies and teacher at the University of Guelph’s preschool. Then his reputation as a storyteller began to grow.
Every year Munsch receives thousands of letters from young fans. He likes to meet the children who send him mail, which sometimes leads to another story. Of his hectic touring schedule, he says simply, “I love it! One of the nicest things about my job is traveling across North America and meeting all kinds of people.”
Roslyn Schwartz was born in Montreal but moved with her family to England when she was two years old. She grew up in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and has written and illustrated a series of books for very young readers that follow the adventures of the Mole Sisters, including the two volumes newly available on Kindle, The Mole Sisters and the Way Home and The Mole Sisters and the Moonlit Night. Over the years, Schwartz has always kept a pet rodent or two in the form of guinea pigs and a rabbit, and these stories were inspired by Schwartz's life experiences.
With its positive approach to life and unrelenting optimism, The Mole Sisters series has become a favorite of children and parents alike.