February 22, 2021

Mem Fox on Capturing Hearts and Minds Through Literature

Episode Summary

Internationally acclaimed author and literacy expert Mem Fox joins Sharon and Phil Callen to talk about lessons learned from a lifetime of writing and teaching.

Episode Notes

The legendary Mem Fox has inspired generations of writers, readers, creators and teachers all over the world. 

In 1983 Mem became Australia’s best-selling writer. Possum Magic, her first book, is still available in hardback after 37 years and has become a beacon of children’s literature for millions of Australian families. She has written over 40 children’s books and several non-fiction books for adults. Her books have been translated into 21 languages, and many of them have been international best sellers.

Mem is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South Australia, where she taught teachers for 24 years. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates.

Mem joined literacy experts Sharon and Phil Callen to talk about:

  • Her story and insights
  • The best ways to use and teach with children’s literature in the classroom
  • How to get the most out of Read Alouds
  • How to speak across the ages and all levels of school
  • And so much more!