“A book can change the world,” she said. “Every book a child reads creates new neurons in that child’s brain,” she told the crowd as she received her award.
“If you want intelligent children give them a book. If you want more intelligent children give them more books.”
Jackie has published 140 books, for both adults and children, in 32 languages and received more than 60 literary prizes for children’s classics like Diary of a Wombat.
The award follows a year of travelling for Jackie, after being named Australia’s Children’s Laureate for 2014.