Merrion Frances "Mem" Fox, AM is an Australian children's book writer and literacy educator. Fox has been retired since 1996, but still hosts conferences and events in Adelaide, South Australia.
|Born||Merrion Frances Partridge, March 5, 1946, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Pen name||"Mem" Fox|
|Notable awards||Nan Chauncy Award, 2017|
Possum Magic (1983), Time for Bed (1993), and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes are among her best-known works as a children's author, educator, and literacy advocate in Australia (2008). From 1990 until 2000, her controversial book, Guess What?, was on the list of the 100 Most Challenged Books in America.
Before pursuing a career in education and children's books, she attended theater school in England. Until 1996, she was a lecturer in literacy studies at Flinders University.
Her literary honors include the Advance Australia Award for an outstanding contribution to Australian literature (1991), and in 2005 she was appointed by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark as one of five Australian ambassadors of Hans Christian Andersen in celebration of the author's 200th anniversary.
In 1969, she married Malcolm Fox, a teacher. In 1971, the couple welcomed their first child, Chloe Fox.
Jim Davis, who founded the Professor Garfield Foundation to encourage children's literacy, shared her enthusiasm for the topic.
Writers of Adelaide. Australian memorists. Australian children's writer. Centennial Medal Recipient