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Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda) awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia

Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda) awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia

Jennifer Rowe has been keeping kids reading for 35 years. Best known for her children’s books penned under her grandmother’s name, Emily Rodda, Rowe has published more than 50 books for kids including the award-winning Rowan of Rin and Deltora Quest series. This Australia Day, Rowe was recognized for her services to literature, receiving the Companion of the Order of Australia for ‘eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia and humanity at large.’

Rowe was ‘moved to tears’ and ‘amazed and honoured’ to receive the award. 'I feel as though my work as Emily Rodda has been the driving force and my general advocacy for children’s reading,' she said.

She was happy to see children’s literature being taken seriously, for its vital role in kids’ education and development. 'We are trying to prepare the readers of future generations. Australian kids are not reading as much as kids in other countries,' Rowe said in an interview with Blue Mountains Gazette.

'With all the competition and electronic devices, books can give them something that nothing else can. They gain an ownership of the book that you don’t get with anything else.'