Sam McBratney Wiki – Sam McBratney Biography
Sam McBratney was a writer from Northern Ireland. He is best known as the author of the best-selling children’s book “Guess How I Much Love You”.
He earned a degree in history from Trinity College Dublin. After his graduation, he worked as a primary and secondary school teacher from 1970 until 1990, when he took early retirement to focus on writing. He wrote more than fifty books for children and young adults. His best-selling children’s book Guess How Much I Love You, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, and been translated into 53 languages.
He wrote “Guess How Much I Love You” after his publisher suggested he try a picture story. He told readingrockets.org, “I went back to a little fragment of an idea that I had used in an earlier book and I thought I really liked that little episode that would make a lovely picture book. And so I worked that up into a picture book. And I expected that picture book to go like all the others, all the other books, you know, might get five years out of it, might get six, then after that you’ll not be able to buy it in the shops anymore, you know.”
He wrote his first novel, Mark Time, in 1969. His other works include Jimmy Zest, Zesty, Put a Saddle on the Pig, The Chieftain’s Daughter, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, ust You and Me, I’m Not Your Friend, You’re All My Favorites, I Love it When You Smile, When I’m Big, Colors Everywhere, Let’s Play In the Snow, The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare, and There, There.
Sam McBratney was born in 1943, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He died on September 18, 2020. He was 77.
Sam McBratney had been married to his wife Maralyn McBratney from 1964 until his death in September 2020.
Sam McBratney and his wife Maralyn McBratney had three children.
Sam McBratney is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maralyn McBratney; three children and six grandchildren.
Sam McBratney died on September 18, 2020, at age 77. Candlewick Press announced his death. Karen Lotz, group managing director of Candlewick’s parent company Walker Books Group, said in a statement: “Sam McBratney was a profoundly lovely human being. You could recognize his voice in a moment — he was an exceptionally talented wordsmith and always knew exactly what children would enjoy hearing the most. Amazingly humble, he also was a hilarious storyteller and convivial companion.”
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Donna Cassanova at Walker Books said: “As Guess How Much I Love You achieved great success and acclaim, Sam never failed to express his profound surprise at the power of the message within his text. The joy he felt at knowing so many people around the globe connected with the gentle celebration of unconditional love was ever palpable. It is also the true mark of the man that he never failed to recognise the role that Anita Jeram’s exquisite illustrations play in the success of Guess How Much I Love You. They were a literary pairing of the highest calibre. Sam faced everything in life, and death, with such great, good grace and humour. He always smiled out at the world, and I feel so lucky to have felt the warmth of his smile.”
Cause of Death
Sam McBratney’s cause of death was not revealed.
Sam McBratney’s net worth is not on record.