Portrait of Mem Fox

Mem Fox

Best known for Possum Magic, Mem Fox is one of Australia’s favourite picture-book authors.

Possum Magic was her first book and went on to be Australia’s bestselling children’s book ever, with sales of over three million. In the US, 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 20 best children’s books of all time.

Mem has written over 40 picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults, including the bestselling Reading Magic, aimed at parents of very young children. Her recent book, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was on the New York Times bestseller lists for 18 weeks in 2008–2009. It also won the ‘best book for 0–3 year olds’ award (May 2010) at the International Book Fair in Turin, in its Italian edition.

Mem Fox was an associate professor in Literacy Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide (Australia), where she taught teachers for 24 years until her early retirement in 1996. She has received many civic awards, honours and accolades in Australia, including three honorary doctorates.

She has visited the United States over 100 times, mostly in her role as a literacy expert although she is also a well known author in America. She is an influential international consultant in literacy, but she pretends to sit around writing full time. Her latest book is Two Little Monkeys.