Award-winning children’s author

 

As an Australian best-selling children’s author – I write stories for children to share with their grown-ups.

 

My award-winning children’s picture books and short stories connect with many.

I’m the CBCA 2022 Winner of Children’s Book of the Year – Early Childhood, the winner of the 2023 Aust Speech Pathology Book of the Year 5-8 yo’s for Jetty Jumping.

And I wrote the Notabled 2024 Picture Book of the Year – Early Childhood for In the Rockpool. which is the hero face of Australian Picture Books for the 2024 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. 

In 2024 I have been awarded the May Gibbs Literature Trust fellowship for Creative Time. More writing ahead!

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Media, and Post-Graduate in Crisis Communications, which means I am very good at sniffing out stories and am quite calm during re-writes!

My notebooks are overflowing with new characters, and exciting settings and smudged with story-fuelling Cherry Ripes.

Summer is my favourite state of being, beaches are my happy place and books are my forever friends. I write from my house with towering book piles, tucked in amongst the sand dunes of Bunurong Country on the the Mornington Peninsula.

 

My love of words has joined forces with my love of children’s books.

I joyfully write children’s books and there are the robust makings of a YA novel currently taking shape too.

Jetty Jumping, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville, and published by Hardie Grant, was released in January 2021. It won the 2022 CBCA Children’s Picture Book of the year – Early Childhood.  Thanks for loving it Australia!

Sunday Skating and In the Rockpool, were again illustrated by the most talented  Hannah Sommerville and published by Hardie Grant.

In the Rockpool was awarded the 2024 CBCA Notable Picture book of the Year – Early Childhood.

We have several more on the way between 2024 – 2026!

I have appeared in several anthologies and collections, I’m the winner of the 2020 Hal Porter Short Story Award, 2023 Mulga Bill Writing Award and Highly Commended for 2024 Mulga Bill Writing Award

I write books for children, and books for grown-ups to love too. There’s a few other stories floating in the book-osphere waiting to land as well.

 

 

 

In the Rockpool swims into Bologna Children’s Book Fair

In the Rockpool swims into Bologna Children’s Book Fair

  I'm never going to get to represent Australia in the Olympics, but this feels pretty close to it for me (minus the tracksuits and excessive sweating!) Hannah Sommerville and I are thrilled to share that In the Rockpool has been selected as the hero book for the...

Little Hare Prize winner announced for a new picture book

Little Hare Prize winner announced for a new picture book

I'm all kinds of swirling-twirling thrilled to share this news.   Beyond excited for this joyful news. Tess Moh has been announced as the winning illustrator for the Little Hare Prize, and together we’re making The Everyday Tutu a truly gorgeous book with Hardie Grant...

Hitch your reading wagon onto the Clunes Booktown Festival

Hitch your reading wagon onto the Clunes Booktown Festival

There's a certain scent in the air when you approach Clunes each March ... it's the smell of books, beautiful books.   And the sound? The air is filled with the soft riffle of pages, the gasps, laughs, and tissue sniffling as storytellers share, and the exclamation...

In the Rockpool teaching and library resources

In the Rockpool teaching and library resources

On the hunt for counting companion activities for early childhood and prep children? Here's resources to match my In the Rockpool board book.          After a quick fix of activities to match my new book In the Rockpool, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville?  Ramble this...

The rather full 2023 wrap up

The rather full 2023 wrap up

Whoa! 2023 you sure were an action-packed, all-happening year!         I have just tallied up my own year of special things and thought you’d be interested to know what went on from my end, and just what I got up to. I’ve always been a number cruncher and data...

In the rockpool book launch

In the rockpool book launch

In the rockpool is offically launched           Goodness me Rye Preschool, of all the kindergarten rock pools in all of the world, I wandered into yours on book launch day.   And what a superb surprise seaside party you threw! How lucky am I?   We sang, we counted, we...

2023 Book of the year winners

2023 Book of the year winners

A most special honour. Jetty Jumping has been awarded the 2023 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (5-8yrs) for contributions to language & literacy development.That’s all Hannah Sommerville and I can ask for, that together we created a valued book that...

A new book thanks to the Little Hare Prize

A new book thanks to the Little Hare Prize

I'm all kinds of swirling-twirling thrilled to share this news.      Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing has announced that the Little Hare Illustration Prize is returning in October 2023. Awarded biennially, the prize is open to aspiring picture-book artists across...

In the Rockpool cover reveal

In the Rockpool cover reveal

IN THE ROCKPOOL cover reveal So very excited to share the vibrant cover of our new board book IN THE ROCKPOOL.  From the depth of my water-loving heart, thanks to Hannah Sommerville and Hardie Grant Books … this little book glints in the sunshiney, seashore light. In...

I’m a May Gibbs Fellow

I’m a May Gibbs Fellow

It’s an honour to share that I have been awarded a 2024 May Gibbs Childrens Literature Trust Fellowship.   The May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust promotes the creation of contemporary Australian children’s literature in the belief that children’s books, written and...

2023 Children’s Book Week Costume inspo

2023 Children’s Book Week Costume inspo

On the countdown for 2023 Children's Book Week and stuck for ideas?         Children's Book Week costume crisis? Roll this way my friends ... I have some wheelie good suggestions for my picture book Sunday Skating, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville. All you'll need...

Reading and Rolling into 2023 Children’s Book Week

Reading and Rolling into 2023 Children’s Book Week

Well hey, there Children's Book Council of Australia Children's Book Week ... you're starting early for me with a huge month of reading and rolling, workshopping, and skating story times ahead! Looking forward to all the book-loving fun! Stap on your helmet, step into...

Skating through our Sydney book tour

Skating through our Sydney book tour

Hannah Sommerville and I roll into Sydney for our Sunday Skating book launch tour        Armed with whizz fizz showbags and new signing pens, Hannah Sommerville and I skated through the suburbs of Sydney with our new book Sunday Skating and happy hearts.  Biggest...

Sunday Skating released in the UK and Europe

Sunday Skating released in the UK and Europe

Sunday Skating has rolled into UK and Europe! Hannah Sommerville and I hope UK and European readers love rolling with us. Sunday Skating is a story is all about self-doubt, courage, the power of friendship and kids on rollerblades, rollerskates and skateboards!  You...

Sunday Skating Teachers Notes and Activity Resources

Sunday Skating Teachers Notes and Activity Resources

With Sunday Skating rolling into schools and libraries, Hardie Grant has released the Teachers Notes to help educators and home school communities incorporate the picture book with related activities, discussion topics, and notes.  Teachers’ Notes help teachers/carers...

Published in new anthology Teacher, Teacher

Published in new anthology Teacher, Teacher

l'm thrilled to share I have an essay featuring in a new anthology honouring teachers. Teacher, Teacher is an inspiring, powerful and relatable anthology with stories from well-known contributors about what makes an exceptional teacher. The power of an exceptional...

New Andrea Rowe / Hannah Sommerville book out in November 2023

New Andrea Rowe / Hannah Sommerville book out in November 2023

We’ve sent another book off to print this week.  Hannah Sommerville and I are so excited to be back together again, and we can’t wait to share our next book when it’s released later this year! We hope you love exploring a special part of our shoreline with us! Our...

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