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Our Favorite Books by Mem Fox

Favorite Mem Fox Stories

Mem Fox is this month’s author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, so today I thought I would share our favorite books by this author! This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! is a story that any parent of a toddler will identify with. I love that it models a parent being patient, a parent losing it, and a parent apologizing. This is a wonderful book to read with toddlers through early elementary school aged children.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is my favorite baby/toddler book by Mem Fox. I love that this book shares drawings (by the talented Helen Oxenbury) of children from all over the world. You can also get a bilingual English-Spanish version of this same book.

Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! is a fun parent-toddler (or sibling-toddler) bonding book. Search for the ladybug on each page! I love the playful title, and how much personality is given to a tiny little bug.

Whoever You Are is the Mem Fox book that first got me interested in this author several years ago. I like this book enough to have written about it twice before on this blog – here and here. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a wonderful world culture read for toddlers; this one is perfect for preschoolers and elementary school aged children. There is also a English-Spanish bilingual version of this book.

Goblin and the Empty Chair was a new discovery to me, thanks to looking up as many Mem Fox books as possible this past month – and it is a new favorite of mine! A goblin hides because he finds his own reflection so fearful – until he sees a much deeper pain and reaches out to help. This unusual tale is a beautiful story about internal beauty, healing, and the kindness of strangers.

Do you have a favorite Mem Fox story that we should read? Eric Carle is the author for June – which of his books is your favorite?


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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

18 thoughts on “Our Favorite Books by Mem Fox”

  1. We have so many Mem Fox books, I forget which they are! Where is the Green Sheep is a perennial favourite with the under 2 crowd, and Wombat Divine still makes me choke up sometimes. Possum Magic is sort of the quintessential Mem Fox book, but a lot of its charm might be lost on families who don’t have personal connections to Australia. The illustrators really make a difference – Sophie vs Time for Bed vs Tough Boris is a HUGE change.
    We like Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carl, and I’ve been meaning to get The Little Seed. I like how he reveals the slow wonder of the world to small eyes and, by extension, the parent doing the reading.

    1. Oh! And Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. I don’t know why my kids like it, but it subtly introduces a lot of big topics (the whole premise is a child asking retirement home residents what memory is) in a way that your child can ask about when they’re ready.

  2. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is also one of our favorites – I’m going to have to get a hold of Whoever You Are. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Oh how we love Mem Fox! Time for Bed is the current favorite, especially with our almost-2 year old. I’m going to get Harriet from the library now.

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    I also like 10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes, but now I want to find more by this author!

  5. I’ve read two of these books (Wherever You Are and Ten Fingers Ten Toes). I totally like the concept of Wherever You Are, though admittedly my eldest doesn’t care much for it :( But me, I love how it sounds read aloud!

  6. Natalie PlanetSmartyPants

    We love Mem Fox, and some of your books are our favorites too, but, if I were to pick up one, I’d say “Koala Lou”!

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