https://www.littlebookroom.com.au/pages/724-EVENTS
Merry Everything is almost set to launch! See EVENTS for the launch poster--Saturday 30 September at 10.30, at The Little Bookroom in Carlton, Melbourne. FREE! RSVP essential.

https://www.littlebookroom.com.au/pages/724-EVENTS
A longtime May Gibbs aficionado, it's a true honour to receive a May Gibbs Fellowship to Adelaide in 2018. Huge thanks to the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust!

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TaniaMcCartneyIllos
Thrilled to announce I've opened at Etsy store! I'm currently selling giclée prints of some of my picture book artwork, and other illustrations. Click the bubble above to see what I currently have for sale.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/greeting-card-giveaway.html
To celebrate the release of my very first greeting cards, I'm having a giveaway! Ends 3 September. Click the image above for more.

Having trouble finding gorgeous cards for boys that don't involve a boat, train, car, teddy bear or soccer ball? Look out for my first set of cards with Nuovo Group (available Australia-wide) featuring characters from Australia Illustrated!

https://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/merry-everything-coming-october-2017.html
My first Christmas book, with Jess Racklyeft! Out this October with Windy Hollow Books.

Australia Illustrated has been shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia Awards, in the 5 - 8 years category.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/australia-map-entire-thing.htmlThis dream project--a map for Hardie Grant Travel, is available this December, just in time for Christmas. Click on the image above to learn more and, keep an eye on the blog for details on where you can find it (at bookstores and online).

http://www.scbwi.org/crystal-kite-winners-2017/

Smile Cry wins the 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Australia/New Zealand region!

Smile Cry is a finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards for 2017.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2017/04/an-evening-with-may-gibbs-not-to-be.html

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-canadian-year-twelve-months-in-life.html http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-kiwi-year-twelve-months-in-life-of.html The next two books in the A Kids' Year series are out this June 2017! The books will be released in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US. Click the covers for more info.


This is Captain Cook is heading to Bologna in the Hello! from Australia catalogue.

I have been awarded the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature (CBCA ACT). A wonderful honour.

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/smile-cry.html 
Smile Cry is a Notable Book (longlisted) in the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards for Early Childhood. Such happy-making news!

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/smile-cry.html 
Smile Cry is being released in paperback! Out March 2017, you can pre-order a copy right here. And stay tuned for our Smile Cry sequel, in production.

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/this-is-banjo-paterson-1-february-2017.html
Delighted to reveal the cover for This is Banjo Paterson, a follow-up to This is Captain Cook (National Library Publishing). Out February 2017! Click the cover for more. A book launch will take place at the Library on Sunday 12 February at 11am. Click here for more.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2012/11/australian-story-illustrated-timeline.html
Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline (National Library Publishing), has been revised and updated to include 2016. Click the cover for more.

 
This is Captain Cook has been shortlisted in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, 2016! 

The inaugural Goulburn Reader Writer Festival's theme is MAGIC and runs over two days - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. I'll be part of a panel with George Ivanoff and Danielle McDonald, where we'll be discussing the magic of reading to children. I'll also be reading some of my books just before the panel. Click here for more.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/australia-illustrated-book-launch.html

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/australia-illustrated-virtual-launch.html/

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/australia-illustrated-november-2016-ek.html
I am delighted to reveal the cover for my very first self-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, which will be released in Australia on 1 November 2016. Stay tuned for a Virtual Launch on my blog - 24 to 31 October, and click the book for more info!


Beijing Tai Tai has been translated in to Chinese! So surreal to see the text in simplified Chinese, and some very interesting cover design and internal imagery!

Australian Kids Through the Years is now in paperback! Some delicious author copies arrived, emblazoned with that lovely silver button--CBCA Notable Book. The hardcover is currently sold out but the paperback is available at the National Library Bookshop online store.

http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/a-new-york-year-twelve-months-in-life.html  http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/a-texas-year-twelve-months-in-life-of.html
Advance copies of A New York Year and A Texas Year have just arrived! Out August 2016, you can pre-order your copies right here.

Delighted to be a longlistee in the CBCA 2016 Book of the year Awards, alongside Andy Joyner! Australian Kids Through the Years has been nominated in the Eve Pownell category for information books.

 
This is Captain Cook has been shortlisted in the children's category of the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards!
http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Peas-in-a-Pod-Paperback.html http://www.exislepublishing.com.au/Peas-in-a-Pod-Ebook.html
Peas in a Pod now in paperback and e-book!

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/you-are-invited-smile-cry-launch-party.html
Click the poster for more details!

An Aussie Year has been shortlisted in the picture book category for the WA Young Readers' Book Award for 2016! Knowing the nominations came from kids is just so so special.


http://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/smile-cry.html

Absolutely delighted to reveal the cover of my next book--a collaboration with my friend and illustrator talent, Jess Racklyeft. The book is out in March in NZ, UK, US and Canada, and in April in Australia. Click the cover/s for more!

http://www.det.act.gov.au/teaching_and_learning/chief_ministers_reading_challenge  
Ambassador, Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Being a long-time supporter of juvenile literacy, I'm proud to become an Ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge in the ACT this year. You can learn more about the initiative here, with the new ambassadors being announced soon. 


Delighted to have Tottie and Dot come runner-up in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards at the ACT Writers Centre. So happy for our colourful little girls! Thank you, ACT Writers Centre, from Tina Snerling and me!

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-fantastic-flying-creator-e-workshop.html
Flying Creator is almost half price for the entire month of December! Click the above poster for more.


Such a lovely moment to have my son bring home the latest Scholastic Teacher's Bookshelf from school, and see Australian Kids Through the Years on the cover!

https://www.facebook.com/KidsReadingGuide?pnref=story
Andy Joyner and I are so happy to have had Australian Kids Through the Years chosen as the Australian Bookseller Association's inspiration for their 2016/2017 Kids' Reading Guide! It's such a cool guide and hopes to inspire kids to read, read read--always a good thing. You can see the Guide's Facebook page here and their website is here.

 

I'm having a (rare!) book stall at the glorious Brindabella Business Park on Thursday 24 September between 11am and 2pm, and will have all of my newest releases available, including the yet-to-be-released (October) Australian Kids Through the Years and the elusive An English Year and A Scottish Year, which have been printed for the UK market. See here for more details!


I'm so utterly excited to have a story in Ford Street's new Rich and Rare anthology of stories and poetry and artwork by some of Australia's leading talent. Out November, and already receiving a 5 star review from Bookseller and Publisher, contributors include Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, James Roy, Justin D'Ath, Kirsty Murray, Simon Higgins, Gary Crew, Scot Gardner, Michael Gerard Bauer, Gabrielle Wang and many more.

Oh--and there's also some pretty spectacular cover artwork by Shaun Tan.

The book will be launched by Isobel Carmody on Friday 23 October in Melbourne--watch the Ford Street Publishing website for details.


Tina and I are delighted to reveal the covers to books 2 and 3 in the A Kids' Year series, which is now going international! A Scottish Year and An English Year will be released in the UK (with a small run in Australia) this September--and next year we'll be releasing two more titles (but the destinations are hush hush!).

Read all about them here!
http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2015/06/resources-for-authors-and-illustrators.html

Peas in a Pod was launched in Singapore on 3 June, during the Asian Festival of Children's Content. Check out the launch on my blog, right here.

I'm thrilled to announce that Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo has been chosen by the ACT Government as the official gift for Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, born in May this year!


Peas in a Pod 
Delighted to share the cover for my newest book with Tina Snerling! So very exciting. Learn more about it here or see the website where you can pre-order your copy. The book will be launching at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore this June. Watch EVENTS for more details.

https://www.nla.gov.au/node/7891
Sunday 19 April 2015
This is Captain Cook Book Launch
National Library of Australia, Canberra
...reserve a place...

This weekend, I'll be in Perth for the 52-Week Illustration Challenge Exhibition, run by the amazing Arts Brookfield, in a public space at Brookfield Place. Nicky Johnston and I have spent the past few months collating and curating one image from each week of 2014, to showcase in this amazing exhibition.You can see the shortlistees for each week of 2014 on the Challenge blog right here, but winners won't be revealed until Monday 9 March.
On the evening of 9 March, we'll host our grand opening event, and you're invited! If you can make it, RSVP to rsvp@pSquared.net.au. We hope to see you there! Follow #artsbrookfield #52weekexhibit for social media updates over the weekend.

I'm delighted to reveal the cover of my latest book with dear friend Christina Booth, for the National Library of Australia. I'm also thrilled to reveal that the book has already sold out and is in its second print run, even before publication! If you live in Canberra, you'll be able to snaffle a copy from the National Library Bookshop from 1 February, and the book will be all over Australia from 1 March 2015. Learn more about the book here!

with my beautiful Ella

Some happy news to share--An Aussie Year has won the ACT Writers Centre Writing and Publishing Awards for children's book!

https://www.asauthors.org/2014-15-mentorship-winners

I was absolutely thrilled to learn I've received a Highly Commended nod for illustrations for my picture book When I Was Little. This is for the Australian Society of Authors' Emerging Illustrator Mentorships and in fact, I was the only person to receive an award for picture book illustration.

Illustrating my own picture books has been a lifelong dream. It's all quite surreal--and means the world to me because it's confirmation I'm heading in the right direction.

Thank you, ASA!

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-fantastic-flying-creator-e-workshop.html

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Tottie and Dot was reviewed in the September issue of Disney magazine. Hurrah! What a special thing.

http://www.girlpowermag.com.au/tag/tottie-and-dot/
Book of the Month in Girl Power magazine? You betcha! What a fabulous surprise!
http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/the-52-week-illustration-challenge-is.html
I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that my 52-Week Illustration Challenge has been invited to exhibit in Perth in March 2015. Arts Brookfield, one of the largest public exhibitors of art in the world, will be hosting us from 9 to 22 March. Learn more here!

Canberrans! Don't miss my Book Marketing and Author Promotion Workshop for both authors and illustrators. More info below. I also have a Self-Publishing a Picture Book Workshop coming up (also at the ACT Writers' Centre) on 22 November).
Saturday 18 October 2014
10am - 4pm
ACT Writers' Centre, Canberra
...more info...


The Canberra launch of Tottie and Dot was so much fun! You can read more about it right here.

So very excited to receive advance copies of Tottie and Dot! The book looks beautiful and his due out September 2014. See more on the book right here.

Blogging for Authors and Illustrators Workshop, for the Australian Society of Authors
I'm off to Sydney for the SCBWI in July and will also be running my ASA workshop at the ASA offices in Ultimo. Hope you can come along and learn the importance of blogging for creatives.
Saturday 12 July 2014
10am - 4pm
ASA Offices, Ultimo, Sydney
...more info...


An Aussie Year has officially become a bestseller! Who would have thought this humble little idea, that took so much time, passion and energy to produce, could do so well. Tina and I are delighted.

I'm just so thrilled to announce that Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo has been awarded Equal Second Placing for Outstanding Picture Book in the University of Canberra's Get Real Canberra awards today. What a joy it was to see my work alongside the talented students who creating some super-stunning picture book creations. So very exciting! Read all about it.

Blogging for Authors and Illustrators Workshop, for the ASA
My first workshop for the year is coming up soon. I hope you can join me to learn more about the importance of blogging for creatives.
Saturday 22 March 2014
10am - 4pm
ACT Writers' Centre, Canberra
...more info...

http://www.pinterest.com/taniamcc/myillustrations/
In 2014, I promised myself I would revisit my love of art, and I've been studying various techniques since starting the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. I'm in heaven--how I've missed painting and drawing. You can see what I've been up to by visiting my Pinterest page--just click on the logo above.

http://www.taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/ask-tania.html
One thing I love to do is extend a helping hand to new writers, self-publishers and other industry folk--whether it be via a book review or even some advice on all I've learned in over 25 years of professional writing, editing and publishing. Click the logo for more.

http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/the-52-week-illustration-challenge-2014.html
Most people know me as an author, a writer, a word-lover. But I have a deep dark secret--I also love to draw. I actually harbour a secret dream of one day {perhaps!} illustrating my own book. And so, I have set myself this challenge for 2014. Won't you join me? Read more ...

http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-143051
So touched to have my blog archived by the National Library of Australia this month. What a gorgeous early Christmas gift. Click on the Pandora to view.

SCWBI Sydney Conference, July 2014
A joy to be on my first SCBWI panel at the Sydney conference in July 2014. More info.

CBCA Canberra Conference, May 2014
VERY excited to be a presenter for the CBCA Conference here in Canberra next year. The program is now out--see it right here.

It's Almost Holidays
I've had a rather hectic five months of book promo (four books out in three months tends to do that to you!) and I can hardly believe this week heralds my final commitments for the year - hurrah! I can already feel myself entering wind-down mode, not to mention the lead-up to the glorious Festive Season.

During my self-enforced holiday period, I'm going to be--quite simply--reconnecting with life and writing/book-producing. In December and January, I'll be in full book-production mode, and when that's finished, I'll be embarking straight into another book. I can't wait to show you these books--some of which will be released in 2014.

Also, from early February, we'll be launching our fourth Unpublished Manuscript Award over on Kids' Book Review, which is going to be extremely full-on, most especially because we are opening up an international segment.

http://www.webchild.com.au/win/national-giveaways/eco-warriors-to-the-rescue-book-giveaway
Want to win a copy of Eco Warriors? Head to the Web Child website for this national giveaway.


Kids! Love to colour in? Here is your chance to win a fabulous An Aussie Year book pack, or a copy of the book. Just head to Kids' Book Review for your chance to win. Hurry--ends 21 November.

Hope to see you at this very special afternoon event!

Like to write? Aged 12 or under? Want to win a gorgeous An Aussie Year book pack, including a signed book, paper dolls and doll magnets, and the chance to have your work published on Kids' Book Review!? Just click the poster above for details!



Join Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda on virtual tour for a full month! 21 October to 21 November, we will be dashing around the webosphere with a stack of reviews, guest posts, sneak peeks and heaps of glorious prizes including some publishing opportunities!

Let's celebrate our Aussie Childhood! Come along to Paperchain in Manuka, Canberra, for a book launch party extraordinaire. There will be balloons, a lolly bar (sorry, parents), a book signing and reading, and lots of fun activities! Numbers limited so do RSVP early.

Let's celebrate our Aussie Childhood! Come along to Black Cat Books in Paddington in Brisbane for a book launch party extraordinaire. There will be goodie bags, a lolly bar (sorry, parents), a book signing and reading, and lots of fun activities!


Don't miss this very special book launch at Canberra's National Arboretum. Kids can enjoy some green activities, goodie bags, a seed planting, book reading and signing. Numbers limited; RSVP early!

Join me on tour with Caroline! 30 Sept to 2 October, with guest posts, reviews and author interviews!


Join me--and my little eco warriors--on tour!


A WONDERFUL interview with the vibrant Melanie Tait this morning on 666 ABC Radio about Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo, and my other books. Click the logo above to listen.

The Reading Hour is almost upon us! On Saturday 24 August, between the hours of 5 and 6pm, gather up a delicious stack of books, and read to a child. Find out what Tania is up to here. You could win some books, thanks to Kids' Book Review and Random House!

 
Finally, Tania's collaboration with friend and talented illustrator Tina Snerling is here--An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids. An Aussie Year will launch Exisle Publishing's brand new children's imprint, EK Publishing, this October. Read all about it in Books + Publishing magazine. Read about her inspiration for the book right here.

CYA Conference Competition
Tania's junior fiction novel, Ella McZoo, Animal Whisperer, won second place in the Published Author category at the fabulous CYA Conference this July.

Tania's first historical fiction novel for New Frontier Publishing - Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant's Friend - is out this October! Learn more here.


Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo - is out this August! It's the best Riley adventure yet, and just in time for Canberra's glorious Centenary.


Delighted to showcase my next picture book for the National Library of Australia, out this August 2013. Learn more here.

Riley will soon be going on holiday - and I'll be gathering some fabulous new material along the way for some future books! Make sure you check out www.rileyaviator.com for updates. Don't forget, Jumpy Roo: A journey around Canberra is well into production, due out Sept 2013 with Ford Street Publishing. Have a glorious Christmas, everyone!

So so thrilled to learn Beijing Tai Tai will be published in China! So wish I could read Chinese characters so I can see how it translates!

In celebration of the print copy launch of Tickle the Imagination magazine, created by the amazing Tanya Collier, I am offering signed copies of handmade living, at half price! Get your copy now!

I'm very excited to announce that Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo - book five in the Riley the Little Aviator series - will be available at the Floriade shop next September! It will also be found at the ACT Visitors' Centre. It's also very likely the book will be launched at Floriade! so stay tuned. Any excuse to see this amazing annual floral festival. Can you come along?


ACT chief minister's reading challenge 2012.
Absolutely thrilled to have all four of my Riley books on the ACT Chief Minister's 2012 Reading Challenge list!

new look site.
I've changed up my website! and my blog, too. What do you think of the new look?

boundless festival.
I'm thrilled to be the official blogger for the Boundless Festival here in Canberra, up until 17 November. Learn more by clicking the logo below - and be sure to check out my tweets #boundlesskids.
instagram.
I'm now on Instagram! {and have quite the obsession}. Come follow me!

 
{@taniamccartney}

scan me. 
I'm a barcode! This cool new scanme.com feature makes accessing contact details a breeze. Just download the scan me app to your iPhone and scan me. I hope I can scan you, too.

 
 national year of reading. 

I am proud to be a State Ambassador for the National Year of Reading.