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Jeannette Rowe

Author, Illustrator

Jeannette Rowe is one of Australia’s best selling preschool authors/illustrators. She has published over 100 picture books over the past twelve years and has sold nearly two million books around the world. She has also developed four Digital BookGames, including the award-winning YoYo Go Spy for iPad. Find out about these gameshere.

Where were you born?

I was born and grew up in Melbourne. I found school difficult in the beginning. It was very confusing and a bit boring. We didn’t have an art teacher and I was always in trouble for drawing on my school books.

What other jobs have you had?

I became an art teacher when I left school because I loved drawing and kids. Later I left to become a talent agent in the film and advertising industry and then later again I began illustrating & writing children’s books.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about creating books for babies and preschoolers. I believe the early experiences children have of reading and books play an enormous part in them developing a love of reading. Reading is a powerful gift that can change and shape your life.


The classroom teachers said her manner with the preps was great. It was terrific that she showed them how to draw a couple of things. It is always lovely to come away with some creations.

—J. Butler, Teacher Librarian, Junior School, Carey Baptist Grammar, September 2012

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