The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.

— Mem Fox

The most strong Mem Fox quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.


Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.


Reading aloud and talking about what we're reading sharpens children's brains.

It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly.


The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.


If every parent understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child-read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in our lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.


If you are not a writer, you will not understand the difficulties of writing.

If you are not a writer, you will not know the fears and hopes of the writers you teach.


You experience other cultures to give you a kind of shock that makes you look at your own culture. You appreciate it more as a result of being out of it, but you also realise there are some things lacking in your culture.


You're not lonely when you're teaching, you're not quiet, you're laughing most of the time, you're having a wonderful time interacting with young people. It's the best fun in the world.


I realized with grief that purposeless activities in language arts are probably the burial grounds of language development and that coffins can be found in most classrooms, including mine.


Babies have much higher levels of stress in childcare.


Writing a picture book is like writing 'War and Peace' in Haiku.


I was the most Australian child ever in the world, even though my home was in Africa.


About Mem Fox

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday March 5, 1946

I think that my favourite animal is a baby possum, or a joey.

The face of a really little joey is so divine - so, so gorgeous.


I made a lot of friends at school, and they were all Africans.

I could have felt very different. I didn't feel different, I didn't notice the color of their skin, I didn't notice the color of my skin and I have remembered that all my life.


Putting babies as young as two weeks into child care for the first year of their life, for 60 hours a week, will cause their brains damage.


Books don't harm kids; they arm them.


If we are always reading aloud something that is more difficult than children can read themselves then when they come to that book later, or books like that, they will be able to read them - which is why even a fifth grade teacher, even a tenth grade teacher, should still be reading to children aloud. There is always something that is too intractable for kids to read on their own.


I think sometimes we rush through countries, ticking off the attractions, but that's missing the point.


I don't go to church much anymore, but Methodist values still wind me up and send me ticking into my daily life.


DO NOT attempt to bring up other people's children through your text.


My Mother was a very wild Australian woman.

When we were in Africa she could kill a snake with one blow from a crow bar, which she kept at the back door.


The fastest way to teach a child to read is to teach them to write.


I have very little patience with children.


My mother was a very difficult woman to please.

She was the sort of woman who thought that if I were praised I would get above myself.


As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes.


I don't know why some people have children at all if they know that they can only take a few weeks off work.