TIME TO BRING MAGIC BACK
MEM Fox Fox, Au Australia’st li ’ b best- loved children’s author, has issued a stern warning to parents who trade story time for me- time, leaving their children to entertain themselves on screens while they attend to their own digital devices.
Fox, 71, who is an ambassador for the Townsville Bulletin and The Sunday Mail Great Australian Storybook Collection, which starts next Sunday, is author of more than 40 books for children sold worldwide.
“I am very saddened by the level of interaction children have with screens,” Fox said.
“It’s a way of adults – without meaning to – but they push the children out of their lives so that they don’t have to bother, and eventually, that’s going to catch up with those parents and children.”
Fox has been a long time advocate of parents reading aloud to children, something she herself has done during myriad appearances since her first book, Possum Magic, was published 34 years ago.
With its enchanting illustrations by Julie Vivas, the book has sold more than four million copies, is frequently voted Australia’s favourite children’s book and continues to enthral small children.
Start your Great Australian Storybook Collection with your free copy of Possum Magic and collector’s case only with The Sunday Mail on July 23, and keep collecting with the Townsville Bulletin. There are 15 books to collect. For more details visit greataussiestories. com. au
AVID READERS: Mem Fox with Mitchell Forde and Grace Peel, both 5.