A Texas Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Texan Kids

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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 |

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator and experienced book and magazine editor, who has been writing professionally for almost 30 years. She is the founder of Kids’ Book Review, the number one kidlit site on the web, and the hugely successful 52-Week Illustration Challenge. A juvenile literacy advocate, Tania is an ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge and other literacy initiatives. Her books include the bestselling An Aussie YearAustralia Illustrated and Smile Cry, which was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2017. Tania has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her family and a rather large mountain of books.

Tina Snerling is an illustrator, graphic designer, creator and mother. As well as illustrating the award-winning Kids’ Year series and other picture books, Tina is the Art Director for a children’s toy and game company.

Nayu’s Reading Corner
It’s amazing how much of a feel for each state I got from reading these books. I especially love the part at the back which has facts about each state … I hope more states are explored, although there are a lot so I doubt all could be covered. I’d love Alaska to be the next book!”

Parents In Touch
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, showing just what makes the state so special. An engaging book, with a very child-friendly approach.”

Reading Time
“This is a fun book, with lively full-colour illustrations, packed with information that will make the world seem small while at the same time making the world look delightfully various. This series would serve well in any classroom or family where there is an interest in exploring differences in cultures. Recommended for six to ten year olds.”

Kids Book Review
“The Kids’ Year series is a wonderful collaboration with illustrator Tina Snerling teaching children about how other children live in different cities all over the world.”

Alphabet Street
“Beautiful and collectible, this one will sit perfectly beside the others of the series.”

The Mummy Project
“From the Big Apple to the Lone Star State, these two books will make you and your family want to jump on a plane and visit America!”

A Texas Year and A New York Year feature ethnically and culturally diverse characters and diverse experiences” – Click here to read.

Creative Kids Tales
“As the book progresses through each month we learn about important days, school life, activities, the climate and the food Texans eat. Each double page spread of the book covers a month and the simple headings for each month are decorated to give a clue of the importance of the month or the season it falls in. The final double page spread of the book gives a wealth of information about the State of Texas for a child. There is a simple map and some information about the geography of the area.”

Kids Book Buzz
“I thought this book had some interesting things to share (like what “Texas” means), and I learned a few new things about my home state. This book would be good choice for kids would want to learn more about special events that happen in parts of Texas.”


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