Mem Fox has received the Children's Book Council of Australia's 2017 Nan Chauncy Award, which honors "individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature," Books+Publishing reported. Fox is the author of numerous picture books, including the 1983 classic Possum Magic (illustrated by Julie Vivas), as well as the nonfiction titles Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever and Radical Reflections on Teaching, Learning and Living.
CBCA national board chair Margot Hillel said Fox's "contribution to children's literature in Australia and around the world is simply remarkable. She has delighted generations of children with her beautiful stories, but beyond her writing, this prestigious award also acknowledges Mem's work as a brilliant and dedicated educator."
The organization also recently announced winners of this year’s CBCA Book of the Year Awards.