The Guelph Public Library, along with the generous donation of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, are proud to announce the winner of “The Robert Munsch Award.” This year’s recipient wrote the best short essay or position paper discussing the place or impact of the writings of Robert Munsch in English Language Children’s Literature. Congratulations to Nadine Lincoln for her award winning paper, “Spunky Female Protagonists in Munsch Narratives.” Nadine, a recent Master of Library Science graduate from the University of British Columbia, received a cheque of $1,000 from the Friends of the Guelph Public Library in honour of her lively, well-focussed essay written from a personal and female perspective.

“Robert Munsch is Guelph’s most famous living citizen and Canada’s best-selling author.  He is our hometown hero.  We are thrilled to celebrate his stories and add to the body of research about Bob and his impact on Canadian kid’s lit” said GPL CEO, Kitty Pope.

Thank you to judges Mary Rubio PhD in Literary/Theatre Studies and professor at the University of Guelph, GPL’s children’s librarian Ben Robinson and information librarian, Karen Cafarella as well as to Friends of the GPL Chair, Virginia Gillham. A special thanks to everyone who entered the writing challenge. Entries were received from across Canada and as far away as Kansas, United States.

Spunky Female Protagonists in Munsch Narratives