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News Release

February 05, 2004

Children's author holds benefit for U of G Child Care Centre

Robert Munsch, one of Canada's best-known children's authors, is giving three benefit performances Feb. 15 for the University of Guelph's Child Care and Learning Centre.

Munsch will read from some of his children's books at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the River Run Centre. Reserved seating tickets cost $12 and may be purchased at the centre's box office. The performance is presented by University Centre Programming.

All proceeds from the performances will go to the Child Care and Learning Centre, which holds fundraisers throughout the year to purchase children's toys, computer equipment and other essentials.

Munsch, who holds an honorary degree from U of G, is a former member of the department of family relations and applied nutrition. He has written more than 35 children's books, many of which have been translated into other languages.

His book Love You Forever was the best-selling children's book in Canada from 1986 to 1988. In 1994, the New York Times named it the best-selling children's picture book in the United States. It has sold 18 million copies. Others of his books, notably The Paperbag Princess, have appeared in several university curricula dealing with children's literature as well as women's studies. Munsch also does voice recordings of his work, and many of his stories have been released as video animation.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982.

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