Christmas Book Reading at Dymocks

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Australia Illustrated in Dymocks and Harry Hartog Christmas Catalogues

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Oh such a lovely, lovely thing to see your book cover peeking from the pages of a Christmas catalogue.

Huge thanks to and Dymocks and Harry Hartog.

Thanks to David Jones, too, who are stocking the book!
click to see the entire kids' catalogue at Dymocks

click to see the entire Christmas catalogue at Harry Hartog

spotted at DJs

Challenge Art Auction!

Monday, 21 November 2016

After some luscious, original art or limited-edition prints for a truly unique Christmas gift? Over at the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, we are running our Christmas Art Auction with artworks from some of our fabulous illustrators.

Just head here and click on each album to see the artworks and instructions.

Bidding starts tomorrow!

Tuesday 22 November 8pm
Friday 25 November 8pm

Here is just some of the art to whet your appetite...

Penelopes Nest

Tania McCartney

Sarah Epstein

Nicky Johnston

Penny Fisher

One Word Wisdom with author/illustrator Aura Parker

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

1. What is the best thing about being an author? Words

2. What’s the worst thing? Doubt

3. How did creating your picture book Twig make you feel? Frenzied

4. What do you hope it brings its readers? Courageandjoy

5. What else do you like to do? Textiles

6. Who has influenced your writing the most? Marena Von Behr

7. What has been your biggest career reward? Response

8. What is the most important contribution an author/illustrator can make to the world? Beauty

9. What’s your biggest writing goal? Morebooksmorebeautifulness

10. What’s next? Anexhibitionandabigliedown

As an illustrator, designer and writer, Aura Parker creates bodies of work, including textile designs, prints and picture books. She is the co-founder of boutique Australian art and textiles label Studio Bonnie.

Aura's divine debut book, Twig, is out now! 
Learn more at her website.

Children's Book Creator Masterclass

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

If you are in Canberra, I hope you can come along to my Children's Book Creator Masterclass. It's going to be a super fun event--details below.

ACT Writers Centre
Saturday 19 November 2016
3 - 6pm
ACT Writers Centre, Canberra

Join author, illustrator and editor, Tania McCartney, for this exclusive 3-hour event for serious creators—an in-conversation workshop with content decided by you! Enjoy 2.5 hours of intensive conversation followed by a 30-min drinks and nibbles networking session with other creators (with an option to stay longer). All participants receive a copy of Tania's Fantastical Flying Creator PDF Workshop, valued at $99.

Click here for more info... bookings will be limited!

Australia Illustrated Cover Construct

Thursday, 10 November 2016

This little video reveals the construction of the cover 
of Australia Illustrated.

Goulburn Reader Writer Festival this weekend!

Monday, 7 November 2016

The Goulburn Reader Writer Festival is on this weekend--12 and 13 November--an inaugural event that's absolutely jam-packed with fun for families. 

On Saturday 12, I'll be doing a book reading with other fab authors, Edwina Wyatt and Danielle McDonald, in the Goulburn Library courtyard at 12.30pm--see here for details.

Then I'll be on a panel discussion with George Ivanoff and Danielle McDonald at 1.30pm. We'll be talking about the magic of reading to kids. See more here.

There's also a full day of events on Sunday. It promises to be a fabulous weekend--hope to see you there!

Australia Illustrated Book Launch Wrap-Up

Saturday, 5 November 2016

milkshake cupcake from the 'Quokka Selfies' page

It's a little surreal sitting here with a strong coffee, wrapping up my book launch for Australia Illustrated. When I first sat to begin sketching ideas for this book... well, it feels like a lifetime ago. It's almost dreamlike.

When I began speaking at the launch today, it indeed dawned on me that perhaps I was dreaming, and that everyone who came along was actually gatecrashing a dream and that I would soon wake up. This is how surreal it is to see, hold and touch my own illustrated book.

A huge thanks to everyone who came along (or sent messages!) to celebrate this dream-attainment today. Thanks to Harry Hartog bookseller in Woden for this sensational space and for their endless support. Thanks to my daughter Ella and my dear friend Sylvia (her name is in the book!) for the gorgeous photos, and thank you to EK Books and my publisher Anouska Jones for taking this punt on me and my work. I've heard whisper that the book may already go into reprint, so this is certainly a heady time (as dreams most often are).

Herewith a peek at the launch today, and you can see a video of me speaking and also mini interviews of local authors who were also in attendance, organised by the amazing Suzanne Kiraly of Aussie Writers, right here.

This was just the most happy, happy, warm and happy launch. I highly recommend the following of dreams ...

Megan Daley from Children's Books Daily talks about Australia Illustrated

Friday, 4 November 2016

Listen to the amazing Megan Daley of Children's Books Daily talk new kids' books with Sarah Howells of 612 ABC Brisbane in this Bookworms podcast.

A woman with a palpable passion for books, Megan covers:

1. Wonderful World Colouring Book - by Alison Lester

2. 'Australia Illustrated' written and illustrated by Tania McCartney

3. 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' - Natalie Jane Prior

4. 'Violet Mackerel' and 'How to Make Small Things With Violet Mackerel' - written by Anna Branford

5. 'Hot Dog' - written by Anh Do

6. 'Artie and the Grime Wave' - written by Richard Roxburgh

7. 'Girl in Pieces' - written by Kathleen Glasgow

Book Launch for Australia Illustrated!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

If you're in Canberra, I'd love to see you there! 
If not, join me on my Virtual Launch right here 

Australia Illustrated Virtual Launch - 52-Week Illustration Challenge bonus challenge winner

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

I'm delighted to reveal the winner of the bonus challenge I ran on the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. The Challenge has been absolutely instrumental in the creation of Australia Illustrated, and I celebrated the launch of the book by running a special bonus challenge, where members could draw an Australian Child.

We had a glorious response (always the way with the Challenge!) and the winner is ...

Prue Pittock!

Congratulations to Prue! She wins a copy of my book.

Prue is a valued member of the Challenge. You can learn more about her and her artwork at

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Australia Illustrated Virtual Launch - Book and Illustration Winners!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Thank you to everyone who entered my comps this week to win a book copy and some original art! You made this really tough--I so loved all of your responses.

Biggest congrats to our book winners:
Brook Tayla
Lex McKay
Lauren Sherritt

Please contact me at so I can organise to have the books sent to you. Note that we can only send books to an Australian or New Zealand address and I cannot, alas, sign these books. Also note that if I don't hear from you within a week, I'll appoint new winners, so do get in touch!

If you didn't win a copy of the book, you have until Monday 7 November to enter another comp over at Kids' Book Review, where two books are up for grabs. Enter here! You can also purchase the book with free postage, for a limited time. Details right here.

And biggest congrats to our 
illustration winners:

Girl in the red-striped dress has been won by Caitlyn Burchell

Queensland cattle boy has been won by Jess Harding

Scuba diving boy off Tassie coast has been won by Jodie McAllister

Sydney beaches girl with ice cream has been won by Jill Howard

Girl with dog has been won by Sue Warren

Melbourne tram boy with tram has been won by Jolanda Jarman

Please contact me at so I can organise to have the illustrations sent to you! These can be posted anywhere in the world. Note that if I don't hear from you within a week, I'll appoint new winners, so do get in touch!

Click the poster below to go to my Virtual Launch 
homepage and follow along all posts! 

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