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Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


The best kids books by Mem Fox

Mem Fox is definitely one of our favourite kids book authors – especially for babies, toddlers and pre-school kids.

But first some background on this wonderful kids book author. Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa (Zimbabwe – her parents were missionaries), studied drama in England (where she met her future husband) and returned to Adelaide in 1970 where she has lived happily ever after with husband Malcolm and daughter Chloë. She dislikes her given name (Merrion), and adopted the shortened form “Mem” at around the age of 13.

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children.

Fox wrote her first draft for the internationally acclaimed Possum Magic in 1978 during a course in children’s literature at Flinders University. Nine publishers rejected the draft over a five-year period. When it was finally accepted by Omnibus Books in Adelaide they asked Fox to reduce the book – then entitled Hush the Invisible Mouse – by two thirds and to change the mice to Australian animals to place emphasis on her Australian theme. The rest, as they say, is history – Possum Magic has sold over 3 million copies worldwide!

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, Where is the Green Sheep?, Time for bed and Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes and the acclaimed Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.

Mem Fox’s own favourite picture book is John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat by Jenny Wagner.

Here is our selection of the best kids books by Mem Fox


Possum Magic
by Mem Fox

Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured. The whimsical illustrations are a wonderful complement.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox

“There was one little baby / who was born far away. / And another who was born / on the very next day. / And both of these babies, / as everyone knows, / had ten little fingers / and ten little toes.” No matter which part of the world a baby comes from—born on the ice or in a tent—that baby has “ten little fingers / and ten little toes,” the pleasing refrain of this wonderful, rhyming tribute to the chubby, sweet universality of babies of all colors. Helen Oxenbury’s soft, rounded babies are captured perfectly in soft, rounded watercolors. Mem Fox has created a whimsically rhyming children’s book for babies and toddlers.


Time for Bed
by Mem Fox

In Time for Bed, Mem Fox teams with illustrator Jane Dyer to create a charming, beautiful book that will soothe and calm even the wildest beast, or child. Gentle, rhythmic text and dreamy watercolors lead to yawns, sleepy eyes, and dozing babies. The perfect bedtime book for babies.


Good Night, Sleep Tight
by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek

When Bonnie and Ben’s favorite baby sitter, Skinny Doug, offers a bedtime salute of  “Good night, sleep tight. / Hope the fleas don’t bite!” he embarks on a command performance of seven traditional rhymes. Good Night, Sleep Tight reunites bestselling picture book author Mem Fox with illustrator Judy Horacek, following their collaboration on Where is the Green Sheep? No doubt you’ll wish you had a baby sitter just like Skinny Doug, in this warm hearted tale that’s just perfect for bedtime reading.


Where Is the Green Sheep? / Donde esta la oveja verde?
by Mem Fox

The search for the green sheep is on in this bilingual board book edition of the Australian author Mem Fox and the cartoonist Judy Horacek’s delightful read-aloud Where Is the Green Sheep? Wee ones will learn concepts such as opposites and colors, but mostly they will cheer when the green sheep is finally discovered at the end. Each line is translated into Spanish directly below for easy comprehension.


Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox

Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, is a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures – both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub’s innovative, colorful, folk art–style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled frames — and they all reflect Fox’s message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts “Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same.” Another gem from Mem Fox!


Tell Me About Your Day Today
by Mem Fox

There was once a boy who loved bedtime.

What could be more wonderful than sharing bedtime with beloved friends? The little boy in this gentle and fun story loves to talk to his stuffed animals each evening and share with them all the things that happened to him that day—and to hear about their days, too.


Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
by Mem Fox

An introduction for parents about reading aloud to their children. Fox explains that babies are born learners, discusses the importance of books in the home, and stresses the value of a read-aloud ritual. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents.

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