I noticed in the Sydney Morning Herald that Mem Fox's book Possum Magic has won the title of Australia's most popular library book. The picture book topped a government list of 100 Australian books most commonly held from public libraries over the past three years. The list was dominated by children's books, Mem Fox's story Where Is The Green Sheep? coming second, and Kate Grenville's The Secret River and Tim Winton's Dirt Music also making the top 10.

My kids love Possum Magic, and for most Australians it is a favourite story for young children. Mem Fox wrote it 25 years ago which is hard to believe, and it has sold well over one million copies in its first ten years of publication.

Fox is a great believer that reading aloud to children is the best way to teach them how to read and to instill a love of language. You only have to read for 10 minutes, but read every single day, and read with animation and joy. She says that the best way is to play with the words-play games with what you find on the page, such as letting your child finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start with his or her name. But mostly importantly, read with your kids because you love spending this special time with them, rather than because you know it is the right thing to do. You can read her 10 Read-Aloud Commandments here.

If you are interested, you can buy Possum Magic on Amazon.





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