Virtual Tour with Tania McCartney – An Aussie Year, 12 months in the Life of Australian Kids

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An Aussie Year, 12 months in the Life of Australian Kids – Review


Tania McCartney never ceases to amaze me with her ability to combine entertainment with education. An Aussie Year is the next brilliant creation to burst from Tania’s creative mind!

An Aussie Year – 12 Months in the Life of Aussie Kids centres around 5 typically Australian kids from different backgrounds as they explore what events and changes take place for each month in the year. This is beautifully done as Australia has such a broad range of multicultural diversity to include. For example in August (My favourite month 😉 ) you can find Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta, Ramadan commences, Book Week, Shearing season begins and National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day. Just to name but a few.


I thoroughly enjoy this book it is a great way to explore what other people celebrate and participate in, and seasonal changes in this great big country of ours. After all Queensland is completely different from Tazzie and everything in between.

Visually attractive illustrations by Tina Snerling make this a winning partnership!

A brilliant companion for the classroom and the home.


Book Info

An Aussie Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Australian Kids by Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling


(Oct 2013, EK Publishing, $19.99, hard cover, 9781921966248)

Meet Ned, Lily, Zoe, Kirra and Matilda––three Aussie kids keen to take you on a journey through a year in the life of Australian children, from cultural celebrations to traditions and events, to our everyday way of life.

An Aussie Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, covering our melting-pot culture, lifestyle and traditions. Its pages feature trailing, meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showing our five Aussie children at play, at school, at home, enjoying their homeland––from the tropical north to our rugged west.

Trailing through the seasons and idiosyncrasies endemic to each month of the year, this is Our Australian Childhood.


About the Creators

photo Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is a book-obsessed author, editor, reviewer, photographer, traveller, mum of two and wife of one. She simply adores words and paper—and would ingest them if she could (though she’ll settle for a good coffee). She frequently flits around cyberspace but can also be seen visiting schools and libraries, running workshops, reading to kids or pushing tomes onto unsuspecting shoppers in bookshops. Tania lives in Canberra, but would like to live inside a book.

photo Tina Snerling

Tina Snerling is a designer, illustrator, artist, web designer, seamstress and mum. She adores Paris, fabric, design and paper. She lives a very illustrated life—one day she’s creating children’s books, the next she’s creating websites (in between the washing and school lunches!). She’s the type who has a notebook by her bed because most good ideas happen when you’re supposed to be sleeping. She lives in Brisbane with her two gorgeous poppets and one gorgeous husband.


An Aussie Year Virtual Tour Schedule


Join Ned, Zoe, Lily, Kirra and Matilda on this journey around the webosphere, from 21 October to 21 November. There will be reviews, sneak peeks, guest posts and lots of fabulous giveaways including some publishing opps! See the entire tour schedule right here


Visit the An Aussie Year website ( to meet all the characters from the book, see updates and behind-the-scenes work. There’s also some Fun Activities for kids.

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