Canada’s beloved children’s book author Robert Munsch is receiving an outpouring of support after speaking out about his ongoing battle with dementia. In an interview with CBC’s The Next Chapter, Munsch revealed the heartbreaking toll that the disease has taken on his life.

“I can’t drive, I can’t ride a bicycle, I can’t write. So it’s been really whittling away on who I thought I was. I kind of thought I would like to do this interview as a last hurrah,” he said.

CBC reports that his books are so popular that they’ve been translated into 20 languages, including Anishinaabemowin, Arabic and Swedish. To this day, Munsch receives about 10,000 letters from fans every year, according to his publisher Scholastic Canada.

The 76-year-old bestselling author hails from Guelph, Ontario, and people all over North America are sharing their favourite passages from his popular books, including Love You Forever, Mortimer, and The Paper Bag Princess.

Recent Posts
LinkedIn has released a list of ’15 start-ups on the rise’ in Canada
We rounded up 5 good news stories to kick off October with

Munsch said he was relieved to get the diagnosis because he knew something was wrong, but he worries about the future. “I worry about what I’ll be in a year. Will I be a turnip in a bed in a year?”

The author said in the interview that he can still remember the details of his beloved stories. “My stories, strangely enough, are all there. The stories will be the last thing to go, I think.”

People all over Canada have fond memories of the author surprising their class to read one of his books, which he loved to do. One person even shared that Munsch once wrote a story about their class with all the students as characters.

It’s clear that his tales continue to hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and that his legacy will never be forgotten.