Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator, and book and magazine editor. The founder of Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, she is a long-time juvenile literacy ambassador, and an established player in the Australian children’s book industry. Her most recent book, See Hear, is a sequel to Smile Cry, a CBCA Notable Book for 2017 and winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Book of the Year. Australia Illustrated, now in its second edition, was her first self-illustrated book. Tania lives in Canberra with her family, a forest of artwork and a mountain of books.
Australia Illustrated (2nd edition)
USD $23.99 Tax Included
Australia. Big. Beautiful. Diverse. From the First People to washing lines and crocodiles, football and sunshine, koalas and akubras, skyscrapers and beaches, this is a glorious tribute to this wide brown land and its rich and varied multicultural communities. Vibrantly illustrated with watercolour, ink and mono-printing, it not only celebrates the more ‘typical’ Australian flora, fauna and landmarks, but also showcases the everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies that make Australia unique.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 280 x 245 mm / 11 x 9.5 Inches | Colour | 96 Pages
CBCA’s Reading Time review article
“I have really fallen for this book, it is beautifully practical. It gives me a pictorial version of my Australian culture to show and share with my kids.” Click here to read in full.
“amazingly illustrated picture book … learn about famous Australians, the type of weather, iconic buildings … explore endangered and endemic animals, local food and hidden bush tracks”
Tell Tales to Me
“This book is like a coffee table book for everyone – not just for kids…Old and young will both love it and it will also make a great information book for overseas relatives and friends.”
“showcases (Australia’s) everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies”
“In a myriad of symbolic pictures, a range of iconic symbols represents all things Australian… the text provides opportunities for students to explore multiple layers of meaning”
Reading Time Online
“This book is a festive visual celebration, containing marvellous snippets of our beautiful land. Although her first illustrated book, McCartney has a knack for encapsulating a glorious amount of detail and design to take us on this wonderful journey around the country. My kids and I loved exploring each State in Australia; from spotting familiar sites to discovering new mysteries of the unknown, and giggling along at the cute and quirky nuances.”
“Tania McCartney has showcased an impressive array of attributes that make us unique, which also makes this book an ideal gift for tourists and to send overseas as well. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up.”
The Local Look
“with over 1200 individually hand drawn illustrations, plus mono printing, digital art, filters patterns and more … such great talent.”
“Explore Australia with your little one through this beautifully illustrated book covering everything from native Australian animals, Aussie icons and slang words, to multiculturalism, signature foods and all the things that make each state unique.”
“dares the reader not to start at the beginning. Every page turn is a surprise and opening at random is an exciting way to experience this smorgasbord of words and pictures.”
The Book Chook
“… visual tribute to Australia. Inside you’ll find snippets and tidbits of Australian features, from ferries to fanciful place names, from ferns to flavours of gelato. All readers are sure to appreciate McCartney’s enthusiasm for our rich and varied cultural heritage, and youngsters will giggle over the visual metaphors and quirky details.”
In The Good Books
“Tania has captured the idiosyncrasies and diversity of our country perfectly. Each page tells its own story – there’s food, festivals, beaches and more to explore! I would highly recommend this book as it truly is a visual feast that readers of any age will appreciate.”
“We love the illustrations in this book with it’s quirky way of showcasing an abridged version of iconic landmarks, beaches, skyscrapers, flora and fauna, products unique to each state and territory.. A fun book to have in your home or school library”
“Tania McCartney has created a book that inspires discussions in the readers – big and little. As you open to the first page you are met with words describing Australia – big, beautiful and diverse. I can tell you that this is a good description also of this book; it’s content and the beautiful illustrations.”
My Book Corner
“the love for Australia beams out from every page.”
“A small slice of Australia but a very detailed and fascinating look at this unique country. Simple but so informative and such fun to dip into often, with quirky, delightful illustrations. Highly recommended.”
“timeless..very collectable…real humour and heart in the illustrations”
Sydney Morning Herald
“a beautifully-drawn, 96-page exploration of our nation and the differences between cultures in each state and territory.”
5 Things I Know About
“Tania’s ‘Australia: Illustrated‘ is a visual tribute to Australia that will have children and adults mesmerised.”
“Rarely have I been so blown away by a book’s design that I have actually stroked the pages – but I love Australia: Illustrated … This should be under every Christmas Tree!”
Boomerang Books Blog
“with enough iconic charm to make both Banjo Paterson and Con the Fruiterer feel at home, her first self-illustrated picture book, Australia: Illustrated delivers a (very satisfying) slice of all things Aussie to an audience who might still remember what a frog cake is as well as those young enough to regard the Wheel of Brisbane as their first Ferris wheel ride.”
Kid’s Book Review
“Australia Illustrated is the kind of book I loved as a child. So many details to notice and enjoy. Each double page spread has so much to see and think about. The illustrations capture the imagination and present Australia as the diverse, interesting, quirky, and beautiful land we know it to be.” – Read the full review here.
The Bottom Shelf
“Big, beautiful, and diverse” are the words McCartney uses to describe Australia, and they are the very words that could describe this book. It is big and it is fat (criteria important to some of our junior readers); it is beautiful with colour, iconic illustrations and few words; and it’s diverse with its focus on a range of topics that don’t usually feature in these sorts of texts. Each page is a vibrant explosion of colour and movement that celebrate our places and people in quirky ways.”
Huntingdon School, Years 4-6
They were enthralled with what would be in each state and loved sharing if they had been to a particular location. They thought the illustrations captured Australia’s humour and things important to us.Aaron, age 11 gave it 5 stars he said
“this is a really good book it was fun looking at it with my mum and dad we had fun reading it” he liked everything about it, his favourite part was “all of it”
Culture Chest, September 2016
Culture Chest have done a terrific Author spotlight on Tania McCartney in the lead up to her latest title Australia: Illustrated. The spotlight sheds much insight on Tania’s creative process and background, and is great read for not only authors and illustrators, but all creatives. Find the Author Spotlight here.
“Wow, there’s so much in this book, in text and illustrations. It’s a tribute to Australia, its people, its animals, plants and lifestyle. An impressive achievement that will fascinate readers, young and not so young.”
School Days Magazine
“Shortlisted as Book of the Year by Speech Pathology Australia this brilliantly illustrated book with it’s tactile hard cover is a fun way to teach young children aged 4-8 about Australia’s history, culture, iconic food … would make an ideal gift. ” Click here to read in full.
Buzz Words Magazine
“Shortlisted as Book of the Year by Speech Pathology Australia this brilliantly illustrated book with it’s tactile hard cover is a fun way to teach young children aged 4-8 about Australia’s history, culture, iconic food… would make an ideal gift.” Click here to read.
“Culturally perfect. A complete celebration of Aussie diversity, food, animals, icons and geography. We love it. Kids will pour over the illustrations and enjoy spotting familiar things. There is truckloads of detail to discover more on every read. Recommended for ages 7-10. This books would be an awesome classroom resource.” Click here to read.
Blue Wolf Reviews
“What a fantastic way to show someone the many facets of Australia. Tania McCarthy has presented this book by firstly looking at overall aspects of Australia, and then taking each State and Territory at a time, for closer examination. She has done this in such an interesting way that you can’t help but be drawn in. The illustrations are very detailed and yet convey the exact idea she wishes to share.” Click here to read in full.
Kids’ Book Reviews
“What a magnificent book for tourists and even locals who want to learn about this wonderful country of ours! Tania McCartney has surpassed everything she has previously produced. It’s clever, full of energy, information, entertainment and spectacular colour.” Click here to read in full.
Hip Little One
“With almost 100 pages chockfull of Aussie greatness you’ll be making new discoveries on every single page.” Click here to read.
What’s Up DownUnder review article
“This book is full of Oz facts which have been dressed up to be fun to find, and easy to remember. It is a great resource for early learners to learn without realising it. And isn’t that a wonderful way to learn.”
You may also like…
Amelia, Tandi and George — English children representing a multicultural blend of culture and race that typifies our beautiful country. They will take you through a year in the life of English kids, from celebrations to traditions to events, to our everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. They are our English childhood.
An English Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, blending our modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and strong heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing our five English children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of England — from the northern moors and breathtaking Lake District, to our pebbly seasides, bustling cities and historical country towns.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Meet Isla, Sophie, Dominik, James and Rashida — Scottish children representing a multicultural blend of culture and race that typifies our beautiful country. They will take you through a year in the life of Scottish kids, from celebrations to traditions to events, to our everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable.
They are our Scottish childhood. A Scottish Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, blending our modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and strong heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations, showcasing our five Scottish children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of Scotland — from our heather-strewn Highlands to our historical cities, pristine outer islands and charming rural towns.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Tottie and Dot are two little girls who live side by side. Life is very peaceful until one day the girls begin competing with each other to create the best house. As the story unfolds, jealousy takes hold and their competitive spirit gets increasingly out of control until ultimately, things collapse in a disastrous heap.
Will Tottie and Dot realise the importance of their friendship before it’s too late? Each girl’s house is shown over a series of exquisitely illustrated double-page spreads — Tottie on the left and Dot on the right. The detailed illustrations perfectly complement the simple story line and will provide children aged 4–7 with hours of entertainment, as well as a valuable life lesson!
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
Twelve Months in the Life of New York’s Kids
Meet Madison, Alexander, Fabian, Sophia, and Jayla — New York kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this impressive state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of New York’s kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. A New York Year is a picture book showcasing the cultural diversity of the state. It’s a snapshot of New Yorkers, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with the traditions of yesteryear. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five New Yorker children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of New York. From the spectacular Niagara Falls and Adirondack Mountains to the beaches of Long Island, and the dazzling lights of Manhattan, this is a New York childhood.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 mm x 255 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |
Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg are quintuplets. Since birth, they’ve done everything the same — cry, eat, sleep, sit. But as they get a little older, things start to change. Now they want to do things differently — very differently. Can Mum and Dad keep their little girls as matching peas in a pod, or will those five very individual personalities win out in the end? Gorgeous illustrations perfectly complement this simple yet highly entertaining storyline. Sure to be enjoyed by kids and their parents!
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover/Paperback | 245 x 255 mm /9½ x 10 Inches | 32 Pages |
An Aussie Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, and covers our modern day culture, lifestyle and traditions. Its pages feature trailing, meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showing our five Aussie children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying their parts of Australia .
Meet Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda — Australian children representing a multicultural blend of culture and race that typifies our beautiful country. They are taking you through a year in the life of Australian kids, from celebrations to traditions to events, to our everyday way of life. They are Australia. Charming, whimsical and inclusive. The characters and illustrations cover the complete Australian ‘experience’. Perfect for children aged 4 to 12, with a literacy level for self-reading of 8 to 9.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | Colour | 32 Pages |
We are Charlie, Ruby, Oliver, Mason and Kaia — and we’re ready to take you on a journey through twelve months in the life of New Zealand’s kids. Enjoy festivals and events, games and sports, flora and fauna, quirky traditions and the famous sites of our country. Come join us on a New Zealand childhood adventure!
- Download the Teacher’s Notes here.
- The Kid’s Year Series are the ideal choice for supporting the ACARA Intercultural Understanding, which you can learn about here.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 Inches | 150+ Colour Illustrations | 32 Pages |
Meet Luis, Alexis, Christopher, Ethan, and Mia — Texan kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this amazing state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of Texan kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable.
A Texas Year is a picture book bursting with state pride. It’s a snapshot of who Texans are, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and multicultural heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five Texan children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of this great state. From the plains and canyons of the Panhandle to the beaches and wetlands of the Gulf Coast, vibrant cities and friendly country towns, this is the Texan childhood.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches| Colour | 32 Pages |