Early in my career as an early childhood educator, I had the great fortune of hearing Mem Fox read selections from her writing during one of her visits from her native Australia. That experience shaped my approach to children, to reading aloud, and to selecting books to share. When I discover a book with Mem Fox as the author, I know I am about to enjoy another treasure.
Her advocacy for the importance of reading to children is reflected in her public appearances—over 100 in the United Stages! alone—as well as her writing The Magic of Reading, Why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever. Her advocacy for reading to children includes the importance of continuing to read to older children and the importance of children being read 3 stories a day on their road to becoming readers.
Her choices of topics, endearing animals as characters, use of rhyme and repetition, and touches of gentle humor add to the magic of sharing her books. She tackles death in The Tiny Star, explores family love in Time for Bed, and humor in Boo to a Goose. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes has become my favorite gift to new parents. Whoever You Are, our January StoryWalk®*, has become an important tool to help me teach that we are all more alike than different—replacing fear with tolerance and compassion. Mem Fox is an award-winning prolific writer. Her books are enjoyed worldwide and translated into multiple languages.
She is an obvious choice for Author of the Month as we explore Picturing Peace.
If you are an old friend to her work, enjoy the month with Mem Fox. If you have not discovered her before, enjoy the titles we are sharing and look for her work at your local library, and expect them to be treasures!
Patty Cassella, Learning Experience Specialist
*The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
The Storywalk® at KidsPlay Children’s Museum was made possible with the support of the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.