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August Giveaway – A Mem Fox’s Children’s Book of Your Choice.

August Giveaway – A Mem Fox’s Children’s Book of Your Choice.

A Mem Fox’s Children’s Book of Your Choice.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over four million. And in the USA Time for Bed and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge have each sold over a million copies. Time for Bed is on Oprah’s list of the twenty best children’s books of all time. Mem has written over thirty five picture books for children and five non-fiction books for adults, including the best-selling Reading Magic, aimed at parents of very young children.

Mem Fox was an Associate Professor in Literacy Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide (Australia), where she taught teachers for twenty four years until her early retirement in 1996. She has received many civic awards, honors and accolades in Australia, including two honorary doctorates. She has visited the United States over one hundred times, mostly in her role as a literacy expert although she is also a well-known author in America.

Here are Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments

  1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
  2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
  3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
  5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
  6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
  7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
  8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
  9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
  10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.

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This Two2Read giveaway will end on August 31, 2011 at midnight EST. Each entry will be assigned a number and the winner will be determined by picking a number via The winner will be announced on Friday, September 2, 2011..

22 Responses to “August Giveaway – A Mem Fox’s Children’s Book of Your Choice.”

  1. Marta says:

    Hi! Our favourite book is The Snow Queen by Andersen. I follow your blog via GFC, name Marta García. Thank you! Marta

  2. Marta says:

    I follow two2read via email subscription. Thanks! Marta

  3. Marta says:

    I follow Two2Read on facebook. (name=Marta García). Thanks!

  4. Hi Alida,

    I have just posted about my win and this new competition…


  5. Bonnie says:


    My son’s current number one favorite is Oh, the places you’ll go by Dr. Seuss. Although he has a firm few favorites that we read everyday. So glad to have found your site (via Love and Lollipops, thanks Georgia). We now follow you via email subscription and hopefully on soon on Facebook too.


  6. Christina says:

    Visiting via Love and Lollipops …

    Favorite book to read aloud? That’s a tough one! Right now the youngest is liking “Mommies Say Shhhh!” by Patricia Polacco.

  7. Lizanne Pitt says:

    We love to read to our little boy from The Jesus Storybook bible and then he seems to enjoy Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne.

  8. Lizanne Pitt says:

    I like your facebook page, subscribed by email and will tweet… also going to sign up for the free ezines…

  9. Marijke says:

    Oh our favourite book (or should I say our 2 year old’s) is This is the way & I know a Rhino both by Charles Fuge

    We have to read both at bedtime!

    Follow your blog on GFC!

  10. Marijke says:

    I follow two2read via email

  11. Marijke says:

    Liked two2 read on FB

  12. Marijke says:

    And sent a request to follow two2read on FB

  13. Kristie says:

    I like to read any of the Dr. Suess books…my kids tend to like The Cat in the Hat :-)

    Became a follower through GFC.

  14. Angie says:

    I am entering this in hopes to build a library of books to encourage my son to enjoy reading. I love to read and I hope he will too.

    Thank you for this opportunity.


  15. phxbne says:

    Time for Bed!

  16. phxbne says:

    follower – Shelly

  17. phxbne says:

    Follow Two2Read on twitter phxbne

  18. phxbne says:

    Signed up for a subscription to

  19. Rita M says:

    Ella the Elephant
    Follow via GFC – Rita M

  20. Kim says:

    Hi Alida
    I read Fancy Nancy books with wild gusto to my Fancy Hannah.

  21. Alida Bunder says:

    Congrats! You have won the Two2Read August Book Giveaway! Please email me and I will give you details on how to select the Mem Fox book of your choice.

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