I Heart the World illustration roughs

Friday, 17 January 2020

In just two weeks, I Heart the World will hit stores, taking kids on a voyage around our globe, visiting far flung places and discovering our sights, sites, flora, fauna and the deliriously diverse people who inhabit our continents - from the Arctic to Antarctica, from Paris to Peru.

While you wait for this armchair voyage, here is a peek at the many illustrations that went into the book. I produced over 1000 separate images for my Australia Map and added another few hundred for the World Map.

Many of these illustrations were included in I Heart the World but there are many more new ones - probably another few hundred. Yes, this book is BIG! Literally and figuratively.

You'll see here the watercolour images I created before scanning and finishing in Photoshop, then draping over the pages of the book. Many of the sheets here has illustrations on the back, too, and this is only some of the grand total. I could perhaps make a carpet with them all.

Hope you enjoy this peruse, and look out for I Heart the World in stores soon. You can also order online right here.

Happy peeking...!

books, smoke, fire, heartbreak, hope - hello, 2020

Sunday, 12 January 2020

a chirpy cockatoo on my walk this morning

Well, the year has started with a firestorm. Literally. The loss has already been incalculable, and there's more to come. Australians are drenched with grief and distress at the lives lost, the animals lost (current estimate is at 1 billion), ecosystems lost, houses and other structures lost, including heritage buildings. It's been too much to bear for so many.

Australia is Burning - AUCTION #AuthorsForFireys

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Australia is burning and unless some drastic change is immediately implemented, this is likely our future. We may be the driest continent (next to Antarctica, but not many trees to burn there) but the rest of the world will follow. So, this is our lot unless we get our head out of the sand and make concrete, deeply-effective decisions - the very first being the power of the vote.

We are so fortunate in Australia to live in a Democracy that allows us to choose people to run our government. These people - public servants - become our employees. We pay them. We fund them. We need to ensure that the people we choose put land and people (in that order - without land, we would not be here) before money.

While the country wakes up to the nightmare it has voted into power, and realises once and for all that the fish rots from the head down, authors all over Australia are running auctions to raise money for the Country Fire Service. These selfless men and women are risking their lives and livelihoods to do all they can to abate the fury of these devastating fires.

There are some amazing items up for grabs - check it out with the hashtag...


I am offering two, below. Head to my TWITTER FEED and you'll see both of the above auctions listed near the top of my feed. Make a bid by replying to my post. Be as generous as you can - and do be quick, as the auctions end 11 Jan.

1. ‪To raise money for CFA, I’m offering a signed copy of my new (not out till Feb!) huge format picture book, I Heart the World, PLUS an original little watercolour image from the book.

2. To raise money for CFA, I’m offering a picture book ms assessment and will name a character after your child in an upcoming Evie and Pog book.

For more details on how to bid and pay, visit authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/website

A huge shout out to authors @EmilyGale and @NovaWeetman for this wonderful initiative.


If you are an author, or even if you're not, and you have some NEW books to spare, please consider sending some to Clifton Creek Primary School, which was reduced to ashes in the bushfires. See below for more information.

From Jackie Randall:

Attention ALL AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS and bookshop owners: here’s something we can do to help just one of the bushfire-affected communities.

Clifton Creek Primary School was burned to the ground on 31 December 2019. The community is located a short distance inland from Lakes Entrance in Victoria.

In conjunction with the business manager of the school and the Terry Floyd Foundation (that is gathering donations for the rebuild of the school), I’m co-ordinating a project to help repopulate their school library.

Here’s what you can do (up until Friday 14 February):

1. Do you have a NEW copy of your book (or books) you can donate to the school? Your book should be suitable for primary-aged children. It may be traditionally published or self-published (as long as it has an ISBN). Please do not send second-hand books.

2. Send the new copy of your book/s to the post office address below.

3. Feel free to write a note to the school and place it (loose) inside the front cover of the book.

4. After you’ve posted the book, please feel free to place a link to your book in the comments below.

5. All books will be forwarded in batches to the Terry Floyd Foundation to be made available as the school year begins.

6. Please share this post wherever you and other Australian authors mingle on Facebook.

Please send your books to:

Clifton Creek PS Book Drive

c/o Jackie Randall

PO Box 6430

Rouse Hill NSW 2155

Evie and Pog wish you a sparkling Christmas

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Evie and Pog wish you 
a sparkling festive season and 
a truly inspiring 2020

They look forward to meeting you 
on 1 February in Take Off and Puppy Playtime
At bookstores everywhere, or pre-order 
by clicking the book covers below.

https://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/evie-and-pog-take-off-february-2020.html      https://taniamccartneyweb.blogspot.com/2012/11/evie-and-pog-puppy-playtime-february.html

a little Christmas shimmer

Monday, 2 December 2019

I'm not for a moment suggesting that shimmer can overcome times of crisis. Because things so oft feel crisis-like of late, non, particularly this year? But for me, shimmer does help. It does. It reminds me to look to the light and to seek ways to give comfort to others.

In light of giving comfort, scoot to the bottom of this post for a way you can give back to women in need this Christmas. And see some pics from our SCBWI ACT Jolabokaflod.

Before I get to the big deck-the-halls-christmas-decor-reveal ...

I Heart the World COVER REVEAL!

Thursday, 21 November 2019

I Heart the World. Because I do. Travel. Diversity. Culture. Flora and Fauna. Food. It's all here, in my first massive format book.

Mamie in Paperback

Monday, 18 November 2019


Hello, Mamie, you're out in paperback today - woot woot!

Find Mamie and her Scotty dog and fairy friends in bookstores or online for just $14.99 RRP (ISBN: 9781460755877). 

COVER REVEAL! Evie and Pog

Friday, 15 November 2019


I'm over the moon to reveal the covers for the first two books in my spanking new junior fiction series, Evie and Pog. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.

Hitting the shelves February 2020, I can't wait for you to meet my darling Evie and her BFF Pog the Pug - two very best friends who live in a mid-century modern tree house in Granny's garden, high above the daisy-spot grass. I don't think I've ever loved two characters more. They certainly thrive on quirk! and I couldn't be happier.

Evie is six years old. She likes knitting and jumping and books and cake. Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper. Granny loves books and cake, too, but she doesn't like noise and she doesn't like mess. She likes neat and quiet.

I have so loved bringing this series to life, thanks to my wonderful publisher Lisa Berryman, and editor Eve Tonelli and the glorious HarperCollins team. I've fallen head over heels in love with these characters and their Village friends and I hope you do, too.

Book 1, Take Off! features three stories ideal for kids aged 5 - 8 - Puppy School Mess, School Play Drama and Cake Stall Chaos.

Book 1, Puppy Playtime! features another three stories - Reno Rumble, Classroom Contraption and Puppy Park.

Click on the covers for more info, and PRE-ORDERS are open now with Booktopia - click here for Take Off! and here for Puppy Playtime! Book 3 will be out May 2020.

Stay tuned for more peeks as we get closer to pub date! #evieandpog

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.


An Aussie Year / A Kiwi Year in paperback

Monday, 28 October 2019


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.


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.
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