Mem Fox is an Australian author of gorgeous picture books for children.
She is also passionate about reading aloud and travels the world to talk about the magic of reading to babies and young children.
Mem lives in South Australia with her husband, Malcolm. The couple has a daughter, Chloë, and now a young grandson, Theo.
Mem has written 36 picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults.
Mem's interest in children's literacy issues began when, as a mature age student in her early thirties, she studied children’s literature at Flinders University in Adelaide.
During the course, she wrote the first draft of Possum Magic, her first book, which has now sold over four million copies and is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia.
Mem went on to become an Associate Professor in Literacy Studies at Flinders University where she taught teachers for twenty-four years.
She retired in 1996 but still writes for children and travels the world to speak to parents and educators about literacy issues.
If you have children or are pregnant I really think it's well worth buying a copy. Most libraries in Australia will have it but this is a book you'll want to read more than once and it's not expensive to buy.
You can also have a look at Mem's website here. It's full of interesting information about her books and how they came to be written, plus info about Mem herself and her ideas about children and reading. You can even hear her reading aloud from three of her books!
These two youtube clips feature Mem talking reading. They're quite short and worth listening to, particularly as Mem is quite an entertaining speaker.
In the first clips she talks about her childhood and her passion for reading aloud to babies and children of all ages.
In this next clip, Mem talks about the importance of reading aloud to babies and young children.
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