Mem Fox is not only a fantastic children’s book author, but she is an advocate for early literacy and a supporter of teacher education. Her books encourage children to become readers and to love reading! Her story, Koala Lou, is perfect for this Olympic Season. Koala Lou loves spending time with her mother. As she goes to bed each night, she always says, “Koala Lou, I do love you!” Soon brothers and sisters arrive for Koala Lou and her mother just doesn’t have as much time for her. Koala Lou enters the gum tree climbing event at the Bush Olympics. She practices and trains so hard, hoping for her mother to notice her when she wins the event. Even after her hard work, she comes in second. She is so disappointed – but her mother finds her and reassures her with “Koala Lou, I do love you. I always have and I always will.” The message of unconditional love is powerful in this beautifully written story.