Mem Fox, born in Australia, is one of the continent's most highly regarded picture-book authors. Though Australia is her native country, she spent her growing-up years in Africa, and studied drama in England, only returning to Adelaide Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband Malcolm and daughter Chloë, happily ever after, ever since.
Mem's first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children's book ever in Australia, with sales of over two million. And in the USA, Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem has written twenty-nine picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults, including the best-selling Reading Magic, aimed at parents of very young children.
She was an Associate Professor in Literacy Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, where she taught teachers for twenty-four years until her early retirement in 1996. Over the years she has received an embarrassing number of awards and accolades in Australia, including two honorary doctorates. She has visited the States over eighty times. She is now an influential, hectic, grey-haired international consultant in literacy, although she pretends to be a red-head who sits around writing full time.
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