COVER REVEAL - Plume: Festival Seeker!

Thursday, 11 August 2022


Cover reveal—Plume: Festival Seeker!
The third title in the series, and with its holographic rainbow cover, Festival Seeker celebrates - what else? - 'celebrations' themselves!
Throughout the year, the world is plump with astonishing festivals and Plume loves them all. Journey alongside this adventurous, color-loving penguin as he jumps aboard the Albatross Express to take part in a range of enchanting events across the globe.
Stare in wonder at the Up Helly Aa fire festival in Scotland and the freaky Day of Masquerade in Costa Rica. Get messy at the squelchy Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea or La Tomatina tomato battle in Spain.
Throw a rainbow of color during Holi in India or enjoy a celebration of gifts, sweets and kindness at Eid al-Fitr in Algeria.
A year of wonder and excitement culminates in Plume's favorite festival of them all - Christmas. Will his penguin friends join him for the celebrations?
Out 5 October in Au/NZ, 13 October UK, 8 November USA/Can.
Stay tuned for some festival fun in the lead-up to pub date. And don’t forget you can make every author’s dreams come true and pre-order the book instore or online
I can’t wait to share this celebratory book with you!

WIN! An art supply pack with Plume: Global Nibbler

Monday, 27 June 2022



Life in Antarctica can sometimes feel a little black and white - just ask Plume, our favourite globetrotting penguin. Travelling around the world on the Albatross Express, Plume is ever on the hunt for exciting new experiences, grand adventures and stacks of colour!⁠

This school holidays, to celebrate Plume's latest travels in Plume: Global Nibbler, we're running a colouring competition for little adventurers! Add a splash of colour and flavour to Plume's tasty food adventures and you could win an arts supply pack valued at $100. ⁠

Click here to download the colouring sheets and find out how to participate!⁠


CBCA Conference, Canberra

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Well, it feels like life is kinda sorta getting back to some semblance of normal. Events are unfolding and people are actually going, OMG. A book reading here, a signing there, a children's book conference and lunch and coffee and gadding about a little. 

I feel like a grizzly bear waking from a long winter nap, cautiously poking my head out, drawing in fresh, blossomy air.

I presented twice at the Children's Book Council's Canberra conference - readings/fireside chats Friday night and a panel today, alongside The Inimitables - Bruce Whatley and Dub Leffler - two divine humans. Also spent long overdue time with my beloved publisher Lisa Berryman (HarperCollins Children's). I then lunched with local darling, Leanne Barrett (had been years!) and I have to say - I am full. Uplift, encouragement, support, inspiration, FUN! This is what we want and need.

I might even make this Going Out business more of a priority. A new dawn!

Plume Global Nibbler Tour + Reading

Sunday, 5 June 2022


You know you're caught in a whirlind when you cover 7 bookstores in 8 hours in the inner city of Sydney, then 8 bookstores in 8 hours in Melbourne the very next day! What a super cool time I had on this mini book tour for Plume: Global Nibbler. Huge thanks to the lovely Kirstie and Kasi and the team at Hardie Grant Explore, for organising.

I not only met some truly gorgeous people, but what a treat it was to visit stores I've never seen, and return to those I've always loved - decades later. Thank you to each and every store for your support and warm welcome. 

I left a rather large batch of signed book copies in my wake (also Plume World Explorer and other books, too) in every single store, and below you'll find a list of each one, so pop in and snaffle one of these limited signed copies while they last.

Here are a handful of pics - I worked my tail off to get these photos, I'm posting some! LOL. The last one is Plume spotted in the wild at Sydney airport.

Happy Book Birthday, Plume: Global Nibbler!

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

And we have lift-off!

Plume: Global Nibbler publishes today with Hardie Grant Explore - taking off to a bookstore near you, and if the store is too far away, it's also online!

Join Plume as he boards the Albatross Express and takes off in search of some of the finest cuisine from around the world. There's sushi and kebabs and pad thai, and of course, pizza! Can Plume tempt the tastebuds of his Fussy Eater penguin friends with this gastronomic tour de force?

A wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of our world, this second book in the Plume series highlights new sights and sounds, but also flavours - and is an entrancing way to help little ones explore life-enriching diversity.

Ava is prepped for take-off - I wonder which dish will be her favourite?

If you live in Canberra, I'll be at Harry Hartog Bookstore in Woden Plaza on Saturday 28 May, installing a fab Plume window. Do pop by and have a look! There'll also be signed books for sale.

See more about the book right here. For those in the UK, publication date is 26 May, and in North America, publication date is 7 June.






Plume Article on Paperbark Words

Sunday, 10 April 2022


So much fun to visit the amazing Paperbark Words blog with this piece on Plume and my inspiration and joy behind the Plume series. I also talk about children's picture books and why they - and travel - are so vital; how they form adult readers.

Thanks to the lovely Joy for having me.

COVER REVEAL! Plume: Global Nibbler

Thursday, 31 March 2022

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for the second book in the Plume series of travel picture books for kids—Plume: Global Nibbler!
Yes, yes, this book is all about the delectable food to be found all over the world - from Sweden to Ethopia, I wonder if you can guess which other countries Plume visits on his quest to tempt the tastebuds of his penguin friends? Comment on my Instagram page with the country of your favourite cuisine.
Scroll down to see a peek, and stay tuned for some upcoming Plume fun, including a window at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden!

Plume: Global Nibbler
Hardie Grant Explore
Hardcover 9781741177671, $24.99
Out 18 May in Australia, 26 May in the UK, 7 June in the US and Canada.

#plumethepenguin on social media.

‘…Join the most adorable penguin world explorer on a gastronomic jaunt around the planet in Plume: Global Nibbler, the second book in Tania McCartney’s series for little ones, celebrating the cultures and diversity of the world around us! 

Plume loves to cook – and to eat. He loves a bit of spice and he’s on a mission to fire up the tastebuds of his fussy-eater penguin friends. With the help of his dear friend Ava (of the Albatross Express), he leaves Antarctica in search of the world’s most delicious local dishes and treats.

From Iranian kebabs and Swedish cinnamon pastries, to Ethiopian injera flatbread and the chewy crispiness of Italian pizza … can these delightful dishes tempt Plume’s friends away from krill in favour of a truly global smorgasbord?

This delightful picture book is perfect for introducing children (ages 4 and up) to new foods as Plume seeks out tasty dishes, tempting snacks and truly authentic local fare from countries around the world…’

Lismore Flood Recovery Auction - Plume World Explorer

Saturday, 12 March 2022

There seems to be so much suffering in the world right now, and finding ways to help can be tough, especially when those in trouble live so far away. The Lismore Flood Recovery Auction initiative is a great way to help families and business who've suffered such loss in the recent floods. Huge thanks to the amazing Zanni Louise for coordinating this mega feat.

To help raise funds, I'm offering a mega Plume pack and a picture book manuscript assessment and illustration portfolio assessment. See deets below, and head here to bid.

Book + Print Pack by Tania McCartney + Manuscript/Portfolio assessments

A mega Plume bundle and assessments for creatives! Pack includes:

Limited edition, framed, giclée print which recently exhibited at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, 45cm x 58cm
2 x signed copies of Plume: World Explorer
3 x A4 giclée prints
4 x greeting cards
A world globe balloon
A collection of penguin stickers
1 x picture book manuscript assessment
1 x illustration portfolio assessment

Hitch a ride on the Albatross Express and travel the globe with Plume: World Explorer. This exciting new picture book series for little ones celebrates culture, diversity and the natural wonders of our world. For kids aged 4 to 400.

Assessments for manuscript and portfolio will be done online, and transferring these parts of the prize to friends or family is easily done. All physical items will be sent in one large pack to one address. Postage to Australia only.

Head to the Lismore Flood Recovery page to see what other amazing items creatives have up for bid.


Counting Down with Mrs Koala

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

It's publication day for Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour! 

Catherine and I are so delighted to see this gorgeous creature out in the wild now. You can make your very own booking to visit her parlour through the pages of this book - and see the menagerie of animals who visit for a perm, a trim, a facial, even a piercing - WHAAAA??

Huge thanks to my brilliant publisher Lisa Berryman and superb editor Eve Tonneli, for making this book such a pleasure to illustrate (and thanks to Shirley Tran for the cover design). I loved taking Cath's hilarious text and making it a visual feast - there's lot to see and you can even find Mrs Koala's keys on every spread.

As a counting book for little ones, I thought it might be fun to give you an illustration peek from 10 to 1. 

Kids - can you guess which animals might be appearing in each one? I'll give you some clues. This will also be posted on my Instagram, so maybe you can hop on over there and guess in the comments. Just head here!

Have fun - and don't forget to book in to Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour sometime soon!

Mrs Koala Illustration Animation

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Mrs Koala’s Beauty Parlour is hitting the shelves tomorrow! Before she arrives, here is a peek at the creation of her scene outside the beauty parlour.

See Mrs Koala come to life outside her beauty parlour in this animation made from my Procreate illustrations. Learn more about this adorable counting book right here.

Join me tomorrow for a countdown special to celebrate this gorgeous counting book! I wonder if you’ll be able to tell which animals are featured for each number, 1 to 10. 

Written by Catherine Jinks 

Illlustrated by Tania McCartney using Procreate

Cover design by Shirley Tran from HarperCollins Design Studio 

Published by Working Title Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books

COVER REVEAL! Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour

Thursday, 13 January 2022

It's with much joy, and a fresh manicure and blow-dry (maybe an eyelash tint), that I reveal the cover to Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour, delightfully penned by Catherine Jinks and illustrated by these freshly-manicured paws. 

Published by Working Title Press (imprint of HarperCollins Australia), Mrs Koala opens her doors on 2 February 2022 - make your booking for a pre-order right here, or buy instore or online in the coming weeks. 

Stay tuned for a book giveaway on my Instagram page and I'll also be revealing some illustrations from the book, including behind-the-scenes illustration process in the coming weeks.

Cath and I hope you love Mrs Koala's busy day and all the animals who come along for a trim, a shearing, a facial and even a perm! I wonder if you can guess which animals end up permed ...

Beautiful cover by Shirley of HarperCollins Design Studio.


Preschoolers will love counting how many clients Mrs Koala has in her very busy beauty parlour.

Mrs Koala runs the most popular beauty parlour in town, but she's so busy with her clients, she doesn't even know how many she has!

From talented duo Catherine Jinks and Tania McCartney comes a delightful book that takes us on a fun-filled journey as we count down to the end of a crazy day in Mrs Koala's beauty parlour. 



Happy Christmas 2021

Monday, 20 December 2021

A long and arduous year comes to an end and simplicity and a return-to-real-life has never been more important (and in poll position on my wish list).

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