Tania McCartney is an author, illustrator and editor with experience in magazines and book publishing, including layout, design and typography and currently has 31 books in print or in production.
In 2013, Tania began reconnecting with illustration and is now creating digital and hand-rendered works, specialising in watercolour, ink and printing techniques. Her first self-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, was released in November 2016. Tania is currently is working on her first illustration commission for the National Library of Australia (a collaboration with Jackie French), and she recently finished her first large-scale illustrated map for children.
The founder of Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, Tania is a past ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and a current ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (ACT). She is also an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the ASA, CBCA and SCBWI.
Tania's books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, Canada and China. Recent awards include two CBCA Notable books, the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature 2017, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017 for Smile Cry.
Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives just outside the ACT with her family.