Mem Fox


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March 05, 1946

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Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily ever after.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over three million. And in the USA Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge have each sold over a million copies. Time for Bed is on Oprah’s list of the twenty best children’s books of all time. Mem has written thirty picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults, including the best-selling Reading Magic, aimed at parents of very young children.

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Time for Bed

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4.17 avg rating — 15,304 ratings — published 1993 — 26 editions
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Possum Magic

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4.18 avg rating — 8,470 ratings — published 1983 — 30 editions
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Where Is the Green Sheep?

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4.20 avg rating — 6,992 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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Whoever You Are

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4.17 avg rating — 2,892 ratings — published 1997 — 15 editions
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Reading Magic: Why Reading ...

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Koala Lou

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4.10 avg rating — 1,830 ratings — published 1988 — 17 editions
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3.99 avg rating — 1,738 ratings — published 2002 — 8 editions
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Hello Baby!

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“As adults we choose our own reading material. Depending on our moods and needs we might read the newspaper, a blockbuster novel, an academic article, a women's magazine, a comic, a children's book, or the latest book that just about everyone is reading. No one chastises us for our choice. No one says, 'That's too short for you to read.' No one says, 'That's too easy for you, put it back.' No one says 'You couldn't read that if you tried -- it's much too difficult.'

Yet if we take a peek into classrooms, libraries, and bookshops we will notice that children's choices are often mocked, censured, and denied as valid by idiotic, interfering teachers, librarians, and parents. Choice is a personal matter that changes with experience, changes with mood, and changes with need. We should let it be.”
Mem Fox, Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living

“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.”
Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

“When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.”
Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

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