Last week's blog was about the importance of sharing your family's stories with your children. For the next few weeks, I will share some truly great children's authors. I am starting with the author of my favourite picture book, Koala Lou. The name of this talented author is Mem Fox and she is from Australia.
The reason that I love Koala Lou is that I love the illustrations and when I saw a picture of Mem Fox I noticed that the Koala looked a lot like her! I was fortunate enough to meet her and hear Mem read this story, and she shared that this story was actually about her. She had siblings who seemed to be able to do everything, and she was worried that with all of those children, her mom didn't have time to love her any more. When she began writing she was told that she was being considered for a writing prize and she was excited that she would finally stand out among the children in her family. When the award was made, she didn't win. She locked herself in her house and was very sad until her mom arrived and told her that she always loved her, even if she didn't win any awards. She created this wonderful book based on that story; one that I would never have known if I hadn't heard her tell it. Sadly, I couldn't find a link to her reading the book, but this is a Youtube video of it being read by someone else.
Another of Mem's great books is called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge who is a young boy who makes friends with the people who live at the old folks home in his neighbourhood. He particularly likes Ms. Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, who has four names, just like him. This book is read by Bradley Whitford, a famous actor. Clicking here or on the picture below will make a new webpage open to watch him read.
Lastly, I couldn't feature Mem Fox without letting you meet her. This link is to her Biography where you can learn all about her. Even more exciting, this is a link to the author herself, reading some of her books. I hope that you enjoy her and her work as much as I do!
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