An Aussie Year Virtual Tour … with Tania McCartney, author

So very happy to host Tania McCartney, Aussie author and my good friend as she launches another of her great books. Congratulations, Tania. 🙂

Here’s the chance to win An Aussie Year Greeting Card Pack!


An Aussie Year – to celebrate Tania McCartney’s new book, here is your change to sneak a peak at February. ?????????????????February is back to school time for Aussie kids, when everything is fresh and smelling shiny. Kids love their new pencil cases and books, extra-sharp pencils and glossy school shoes. There are new tags on school bags, and lots of energy for playing schoolyard games like skipping and handball.

?????????????????Many kids ride a school bus but some walk, or ride a bike or scooter. If kids need to cross a road, a lollipop lady in a yellow vest helps them at the zebra crossing. If they’re lucky, Mum tucks a dollar in their uniform pocket, to spend at the tuck shop.

On 14 February, it’s Valentine’s Day. Some kids hand out love notes at school, and Dad makes Mum smile when he brings home flowers and chocolates (the kids usually eat the chocolates).

?????????????????Chinese New Year often falls in February. Kids make lots of noise with firecrackers and music. Some families stay up all night and eat noodles (for a long life). Adults give children money in red envelopes.

?????????????????It’s hot in February. Kids swim in backyard pools or skim pebbles in the creek after school. Some kids might go for a surf or do some skateboarding or ride mountain bikes in the bushland surrounding their home. Such is the diversity of the Aussie childhood.

WIN! A Aussie Year Greeting Card Pack

And because An Aussie Year is a very special book, I’m running a competition for a fabulous prize giveaway—a pack of exclusive An Aussie Year cards, valued at $41.70!

To win, just leave a comment on this post, 25 words or less, telling me which February tradition you celebrate with your children and why.

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

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.

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 FINAL jpgAn 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.


6 thoughts on “An Aussie Year Virtual Tour … with Tania McCartney, author

  1. Oooh, how exciting! Thanks so much Sheryl and Tania. I can’t wait to receive them :).


  2. Living in a coastal suburb, we celebrate the last month of summer with lots of beach time and barbecues as a family.


  3. If Chinese New Year falls in Feb as it often does, then this is the one for us. We always attempt to feast on Yum Cha and be part of a Lion Dance spectacular. My girl has no aversion to fireworks and loud noises, so the explosion of fire crackers which accompanies this celebration is always looked forward to. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us – to give the red paper packets of money; observations followed for which I have my own childhood to thank for.:-)


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