FAUNA window is live!

Tuesday, 5 November 2019



FAUNA window is live! Huge thanks to Lynda at the National Library Bookshop for her help this morning as I installed koalas and wombats and crocodiles and plenty of foliage.

And a big thanks to the lovely Leanne Barrett for popping by and helping out with her sharp eye and photographic skills - these pics are great!

Here's a peek at the installation, as well as some in-process shots, and scroll to the end for a little video.

Thank you, NLA - this was heaps of fun! Learn more about the book here. And a wee note on the bamboo book stands holding the book's pages open - the Bookshops sells them - they are divine!

Happy Release Day, Fauna!

Friday, 1 November 2019



Happy release day, Fauna! You are one of my deepest loves, and I hope children all over Australia fall into your pages and marvel at the truly breathtaking and unique and incredible and totally COOL animals we hold dear in this nation.

To celebrate, herewith just some of the animals featured in the book... and stay tuned for my Fauna window, installing at the National Library of Australia Bookshop Tuesday 5 November. The book is already in reprint and you can snaffle a copy online here.

#fauna

An Aussie Year / A Kiwi Year in paperback

Monday, 28 October 2019

https://www.booktopia.com.au/an-aussie-year-tania-mccartney/prod9781925820270.html

After a fabulous 6 years in print, the bestselling An Aussie Year is now out in a luscious paperback version... with an updated cover in a divine Outback Orange! It will be so lovely to see the book in the hands of new generation of little ones now aged 6 (and up).

A Kiwi Year is also now in paperback with a delectable kiwifruit green cover. Both updates made by my gorgeous friend and A Kids' Year series illustrator, Tina Lukas (once Snerling).

I still have such a fondness for this series (there's also Canada, England, Scotland, Texas and New York), and have ever been inspired with the way children react to the kids featured in each book, and their localised year, from events and festivals to traditions, food, games, toys and everyday life in the place they call home.

Look out for the books in a shop near you, or online, or ... win a copy! I have to sets of these books to give away. Just head to my Instagram account to enter! Hurry, ends Sunday 3 November 2019.

https://www.booktopia.com.au/a-kiwi-year-tania-mccartney/prod9781925820287.html

Inspiring events, a mountain of books, illo peeks, and where was Autumn??

Sunday, 20 October 2019


Grab a cuppa. This is long. And, by the way, what happened to Autumn? I never saw it happen.

Hello, my name is Tania and I'm a bookaholic.

As part of my therapy, I'm starting this lengthy blog post with my latest book buys. Please don't hate. We need to keep the book industry alive, and I've signed a few contracts of late and I haven't bought holidays or shoes (okay, well, I'm lying about the shoes part) and I'm a grown gal and I can spend my earnings on whatever I like, and a lot of these were thanks to Readings' bargains and some were op shop finds and some were gifts.

Hang on. What am I thinking???

I know anyone reading my blog posts loves books and will be wondering why the hell I'm trying to justify these purchases. So I'll shut up now and instead say ... here, for your ogling pleasure.

Ivy Bird sold to North America

Tuesday, 15 October 2019


Jess Racklyeft and our publisher at Windy Hollow, Cristina Pase, are absolutely delighted to release Ivy Bird into North America in 2020. Rights have been sold to Blue Dot Kids Press, a new children's publisher based in San Francisco.

Ivy will be one of several books launching Blue Dot's inaugural season, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Just look at this gorgeous, quirky line-up - so exciting!

Fauna photo shoot - a peek inside!

Friday, 4 October 2019


When your new book undergoes a photo shoot, sweetie darling. 

Fauna is a bit shy. It needed a little tempting (delectable treats and sweet talk), but eventually poked its whiskery face out from the leaves ... and even allowed a page peek. AND a short video! 

Hope you enjoy this glimpse inside the covers - beautiful matte paper and production values to die for. Thank you, National Library of Australia.

Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures is out November. You can buy online or where all good books are sold.

Learn more about the book here

I'll be installing a Fauna window at the National Library Bookshop early on Tuesday 5 November. Pop by and say hello! I can sign a copy of the book while you're there (and you can take a peek at the Story Time Australian Children's Literature Exhibition and enjoy a divine coffee at Bookplate - win win!).

COVER REVEAL! Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures

Wednesday, 25 September 2019


I'm thrilled to reveal the cover for my upcoming book with the National Library of Australia - Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures - a graphic design-style book featuring some of our most curious and marvellous and eye-popping creatures. Being Australian, it's easy to forget how unique and remarkable our animals are - and Fauna celebrates these creations, both present and past ... with plenty of ecological references, including conservation status.

The book is out 1 November, but if you live near the National Library, you might snaffle a book sooner from the bookshop, and you can also pre-order the book right here.

Also, if you live in Canberra or plan to visit, I'll be installing a Fauna window at the NLA bookshop soon - it will be in situ for November and perhaps longer, so do pop by for a look.

Here is some more info on the book... and if you scroll down, you may just see a peek at an internal page spread!

Ivy Bird Auction!

Saturday, 7 September 2019


In celebration of the release of Ivy Bird, my latest picture book with Jess Racklyeft (Windy Hollow Books), I’m auctioning two of the birds I crocheted to celebrate the book. All proceeds (less postage) will be donated to Bird Life Australia, an organisation dedicated to creating a bright future for Australian birds.

To partake, head to my INSTAGRAM account.  

Auction runs until Saturday 14 September, 5pm, Sydney time. Bids are in Australian dollars.

Each bird has a reserve of AU$50. Bidding must be in increments of $5. Smaller bids won’t apply.

To bid, leave a comment stating the bird you are bidding on and the bid price (e.g. PEDRO $55). Bid as many times as you like.

The last bids for both birds will win – please note that the bids MUST have been placed BEFORE the clock ticks over to 5pm.

Birds can only be posted within Australia.

Winners will find some little surprises in their package along with the birds.

Winners will be tagged straight after auction and will be private messaged for postal addresses. PLEASE NOTE: winners have 24 hours to respond to the message and to send payment before I offer to the next bidder. I will outline payment options in the private message.

ABOUT THE BIRDS

COSSIMA THE CANARY is an actress and singer. She's stylish, sleek and has a magical voice. She can often be found in the world's finest jazz bars (where she's been likened to Edith Piaf), but she loves nothing more than singing along to an audio book. Her favourite book is Ivy Bird. Cossima measures 30cm from head to claws.

PEDRO THE PEACOCK may look showy, but he's humble and extremely intelligent. He likes to spend his time exploring and solving problems, and especially loves analysing the impact humans are having on climate change. At night, he simply adores wrapping his feathers around a good book. His favourite book is Ivy Bird.

Birds are handmade, with no removable parts.

Learn more about the book, Ivy Bird, right here

Hello, almost Spring! book production, events, Book Week, book gobbling, costumes, illustration, apps, everything!

Monday, 26 August 2019



Hello, peeps. How is your winter going? Cosy? Good. Perfect book-reading weather (though which weather is not perfect for book reading?).

It's been a heads-down time of late, so I'm coming up for air before diving back in again. I'm squirrelling away on Book 2 of my junior fiction series, Evie and Pog, before diving into my next NLA book with Stephanie Owen Reeder. Then it's on to Book 3 of Evie and Pog, which I hope to finish mid-January, and somewhere Christmas might be (I said might be) wedge in between!

I'm also resurfacing because this is my favourite time of year - so much happening, especially CBCA Book Week. There's a heap of glorious KidLit events happening, too. See my recent post on the opening of the Story Time Australian Children's Literature Exhibition right here.

I'm starting this post with Story Box Library. I have always loved what they do. I still remember when Nicole Brownlee started the site, and it continues to go from strength to strength. It was a joy and an honour to film with them at the National Library of Australia recently, where I recorded two story readings--one of them Mamie. (Will reveal the second one soon!)

I recently gifted a SBL subscription to my little great niece Lexi, so she can see her great aunt reading Mamie (of which she has a copy) and so she can enjoy the jam-packed line-up of story readings. I love that her mum and dad know how important books are for little ones. Anyhoo, I can't recommend SBL heartily enough--for both schools and home. What a treat to immerse in brilliant stories, read by a cornucopia of talent.

Here is my Mamie preview, below, or you can view it on the SBL site right here. We also filmed a little bonus video where I show original artwork and talk about the production process behind the book. You can see it, and my SBL Testimonial, right here.

Story Box Library videos

Friday, 23 August 2019



I recently filmed with the glorious peeps at Story Box Library. Here are the two Mamie videos and my SBL Testamonial. Another reading will be popping up in a wee while! Stay tuned.



You can follow SBL on Instagram by clicking the poster below, and here they are on Facebook!

https://www.instagram.com/storyboxlibrary/

Story Time Australian Children's Literature Exhibition opening event

Thursday, 22 August 2019


That's me there, above, barely able to contain myself. Can you see I'm ready to burst? Because I was peeping like a chick while this photo was being taken. I'm about to walk into Wonderland. And I'm about to fall in love all over again with children's books, if that's at all possible. I'm not even sure it is, but perhaps it's true that love can ceaselessly expand.

The Story Time: Australian Children's Literature Exhibition opening was held at the National Library of Australia last night, and what a breathtaking event. The exhibition is so exquisite and so comprehensive, it's hard to give a full outline, so here is a peek at the event and the treasures held in the exhibit. Needless to say, from the very first children's book printed in Australia (A Mother's Offering to Her Children) to  Chinese versions of the 13-Storey Treehouse, this is pure children's literature heaven.

Created in partnership by the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature and the National Library, and curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll, this is truly something you cannot miss.

Let's open the front cover!

The Ivy Bird BIRD CREW!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Finally, I have Ivy Bird in my clutches! Copies arrived this morning and I've been peeping like a chick over the divine production values--beautiful paper, stunning colour. Very happy! And to celebrate their arrival, of course, I had to have a photo shoot.

Introducing the Ivy Bird Bird Crew. I've spent the last couple of months hooking these darlings, with mountains of yarn and stuffing for plump tummies and thighs. Some of these birds will soon be flying the nest ... one will be given away on Kids' Book Review, along with a copy of the book (signed by moi!). 
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