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Andrea Rowe
Author | Primary Lower Years (Prep – 2) | Primary Middle Years (Years 3 – 4) | Primary Upper Years (Years 5 – 6) | Secondary Lower Years (Years 7 – 8)

Andrea Rowe is an award-winning children’s author, copywriter and a respected talent in the Australian children’s literary community.

Her picture Jetty Jumping (Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville) won the 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia, Picture Book of the Year for Early childhood. This is Australia’s most prestigious literary award for writing for young people in Australia. Jetty Jumping is the winner for the 2023 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the year for 5 – 8 ages category.   

Sunday Skating has been released in Australia, UK and Europe and the USA in 2024 and In the Rockpools has been announced as a 2024 Notable Book of the Year: Early Childhood. She has more books in production.

Andrea’s follow-up books Amid the Sand Dunes is out in 2024 with she has 4 more picture books currently in production.

Andrea writes books for children, and stories for grown-ups too. She combines her nostalgic celebration of culture and the environment in our everyday lives with the questions and reflections that draw us together.  Andrea’s writing absorbs the themes and issues encouraging collective discussions and conversations, and stories that encourage movement, self-awareness and community.

She believes in the power of stories and reading out loud and in secret.

An award-winning short story writer, Andrea’s the winner of the 2020 Hal Porter Short Story Award, 2nd place in the Mulga Bill Writing Award 2023, and Highly Commended for the 2022 Newcastle Short Story Award and her writing features in the Teacher, Teacher anthology.  

A passionate advocate for contemporary Australian literature, she’s the ‘author-in-conversation’ host with Sorrento’s Antipodes Books, the Founding President of Peninsula Writers’ Club, and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Short Story Writing Award. She has also been awarded the prestigious May Gibbs Fellowship for 2024. Andrea lives on Bunurong Country, Victoria where she writes from her house in the sand dunes on a blustery beach track, fuelled by a secret stash of Cherry Ripes

Books by Andrea Rowe

Jetty Jumping

While Milla’s friends take big, brave jumps off the jetty, Milla stays on the blistering wood, scared of what lurks below. But when Milla accidentally falls off the edge, she discovers the beauty of the deep, dark sea – and her summer changes forever.

Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville perfectly capture the challenges of childhood – and the joy of letting go – in this homage to summer.

Sunday Skating

Clancy’s friends skate through the quiet Sunday streets, while Clancy feels self-conscious, and embarrassed, that he’s just a beginner. His board stays tucked under his arm; his feet stay firmly on the ground.

But his friends aren’t giving up on him and Clancy realises the only way forward is to step on his board and try … even if he might fall.

In the Rockpool (Board Book)

2024 CBCA Book of the Year Notable

One little rockpool.
Two little eyes.
Three little urchins, bobbing with the tide.

Little people love to explore little worlds! Dive into the rockpool with this glittering and gorgeous board book for our smallest nature-lovers, from the CBCA award-winning creators of Jetty Jumping, Andrea Rowe and Hannah Sommerville.

Teacher, Teacher

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The power of an exceptional teacher cannot be overestimated. Sometimes it is not about what they taught you, but about how they made you feel as a person.
Teacher, Teacher is an anthology of stories showcasing those brilliant educators who have nurtured, inspired, championed or created change – in one student or in a community.
Edited by award-winning teacher-librarian Megan Daley of Children’s Books Daily and the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast, these are authentic accounts focusing on both the light and more sombre educational journeys of thirty key contributors, including Jessie Tu, Tony Birch, Rick Morton, Jacqueline Harvey + many more. Defying the usual stereotypes, Teacher, Teacher provides insight into what makes an exceptional teacher and is a celebration of great educators everywhere.

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