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If she could, Tania McCartney would live inside a book, and as an Australian author, illustrator, designer and editor—she kind of already does. An experienced magazine and book editor, independent publisher, features writer and columnist, Tania has over 35 years’ experience in magazines and publishing. She has 15 years' experience in book layout, cover and internals design, typography and typesetting, and currently has around 60 books in print or in production, the majority of them children's books, with a focus on picture books. See books here.

One of Tania’s greatest passions is picture books and visual literacy. She has informally studied and worked in visual narrative for fifteen years, speaking to schools and institutions, and recently lecturing for the National Library of Korea. She has a deep love of juvenile literacy and has been an ambassador, consultant, friend and role model for several institutions, including the National Year of Reading (2012), Libraries ACT, Australia Reads, The Reading Hour and the ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge.

In 2013, Tania began reconnecting with illustration and now creates predominantly digital but also hand-rendered works, specialising in watercolour, ink and printing techniques. Her first self-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, was released in 2016. She has since illustrated a series of illustrated maps and puzzles, and several books, including This is Home, a collaboration with Jackie French (National Library of Australia), the first trade picture book on the life of May Gibbs (Mamie, HarperCollins), Fauna: Australia's Most Curious Creatures (National Library Publishing),  I Heart the World (Hardie Grant Travel), and her first junior fiction series, Evie and Pog (HarperCollins). Her illustrations are now featured in a series of greeting cards with Nuovo Group, and one of her works featured in the Flow Magazine 2019 calendar (view it here). She also designed the Illustrator Showcase poster for the SCBWI Australia East/NZ International Conference, Sydney, February 2019. 

Latest titles include AlphaKid: An A - Z of Antics (Windy Hollow), Australia's Wild, Weird, Wonderful Weather (author Stephanie Owen Reeder, National Library Publishing), Meet Matilda at the Festival (author Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern, Puffin) and Wonderful Shoes (author Emma Bowd, Windy Hollow). The first book in her new picture book travel series, Plume, was launched in Australia/NZ, the UK and North America in November 2021 (Hardie Grant Explore).

The founder of the #1 children's book review site on the web Kids’ Book Review, the 52-Week Illustration Challenge and the hugely successful The Happy Book children's book podcast, Tania is an experienced mentor, speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the Australian Society of Authors, the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature, the Children's Book Council of Australia and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her festival experience includes the CBCA National Conference, SCBWI Conference and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore.

Tania’s books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in over a dozen countries, with several translations. A National Library of Australia author/illustrator, she is also published by several trade publishers (including HarperCollins, Hardie Grant Travel, Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Windy Hollow, EK Books, Hodder), specialising in picture books, juvenile non-fiction and junior fiction.

Recent award nods include the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the ACT Writing and Publishing Award, the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards, the Australian Book Awards, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (for Australia/New Zealand), the Speech Therapy Awards, the World Illustration Awards, the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Educational Awards Australia, WAYRBA, the CBCA Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature (2017) and several CBCA Notable books. In 2017, she was awarded a May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship to Adelaide. See Résumé for more awards and notable achievements.

Tania loves calendars, maps, wreaths, gardening, yoga, wasabi, nutmeg, sparkling mineral water, paper, photography, and very best of all ... sprouting a love of reading in children. Tania has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her family, a forest of artwork and a mountain of books.

For more, including creative background, bibliography, awards and works in progress, see Résumé. Or say hello by email...






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