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A New York Year

A New York Year
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Tania McCartney

A New York Year

Twelve Months in the Life of New York's Kids

Tania McCartney & Tina Snerling 

Meet Madison, Alexander, Fabian, Sophia, and Jayla — New York kids representing a blend of culture and race that typifies this impressive state. They’ll take you through a year in the life of New York’s kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to the everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. A New York Year is a picture book showcasing the cultural diversity of the state. It’s a snapshot of New Yorkers, blending modern-day culture and lifestyle with the traditions of yesteryear. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing five New Yorker children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of New York. From the spectacular Niagara Falls and Adirondack Mountains to the beaches of Long Island, and the dazzling lights of Manhattan, this is a New York childhood.

Tania McCartney writes for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted and awarded for both published and unpublished works. An experienced magazine writer, editor and speaker, she has been writing professionally for over 25 years and has almost a thousand articles and reviews in print and online. She also founded Kids’ Book Review, the number one children’s literature site on the web, and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. An Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), and a Friend of the Reading Hour, she is also passionate about literacy. She has lived in Paris, London and Beijing, and currently lives in Canberra with her very supportive family, and a mountain of books.

Tina Snerling is an illustrator, graphic designer, creator and mother. As well as illustrating the award-winning Kids’ Year series and other picture books, Tina is the Art Director for a children’s stationery company.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback (PLC) | 245 mm x 255 mm | 32 pages | Colour | 

Best Reviews

The School Librarian, March 2017

 “invites dipping in and just following what catches your eye, and the text and illustrations are perfectly pitched, lively but informative … Ideal for researching another culture.”

News Day, December 2016

"Its pages focus on fun things to do in New York State each month, with colorful cartoon pictures to go along with each suggestion."

Alphabet Street, November 2016

"The Kids’ Year series is a wonderful collaboration with illustrator Tina Snerling teaching children about how other children live in different cities all over the world." - Click here to read the full review.

Good Reads, November 2016

"The cute, stylized illustrations accompany the reader through each month of the year in New York ... It's a good book to read with your kids if you'll be visiting or moving to New York." - Read the full review here.

Parents in Touch, November 2016

“an excellent all-round picture ... The child-centred approach of the series is the perfect way to engage children's attention; ; they can relate to the children featured and enjoy sharing in their lives."

Reading Time, October 2016

"The acknowledgements at the end give an indication of the thought and research that went into writing this addition to the bestselling and award winning series. A must for schools and libraries, and for children curious about the world ... Highly recommended."

Boomerang Books Blog, September 2016 

"the breathtaking diversity of cultures and idiosyncrasies is almost too mind bogging to comprehend. Yet, the McCartney Snerling picture book team convey these elements with aplomb." Click here to read.

BuzzWords, September 2016

“Tania McCartney is something of a goddess when it comes to picture books and this latest offering confirms that she is still worthy of the title. Her crown is firmly wedged on.”  –  Click here to read the full review.

Kids Book Buzz, September 2016

"I liked reading about how the different children enjoy living in New York City ... The illustrations in this book are extra bright and colorful ... Overall, I highly recommend this book to kids and to grownups, too."

Midwest Review of Books/Children's Bookwatch, September 2016

"A New York Year" is a whirlwind tour through the 12 months of the year with child guides Fabian, Madison, Jayla, Sofia, and Alexander, each representative of some of the many races and nationalities found in New York ... Earlier books in this series include "An English Year," "An Aussie Year," and "A Scottish Year." ... Each of these fine titles is of the same high quality and conveys diversity, celebrates differing holidays and celebrations, and communicates respect for all."

Kid's Book Review

"There is so much to learn about and see in New York. Famous sites and landmarks fill the pages. Some of these will be familiar to young readers through movies and television. This book is an exciting journey of discovery. Each page is full of wonderful illustrations that support the information the children present. They are attractive, full of life and colour, just like the kids." - Click here to read.


"A Texas Year and A New York Year feature ethnically and culturally diverse characters and diverse experiences" - Click here to read.

The Mummy Project, August 2016

"...a fabulous read for families planning a trip to New York or wanting to learn more about America. In fact, after reading the book, my daughter asked if I would take her to New York!" Click here to view

Bambini Reviews, August 2016

"... an interesting and inspiring snapshot of New York life. Perfect for kids living in New York."

Kirkus Reviews

"The author’s avowed focus on “traditional endemic elements and themes” common to “the majority of New York’s children” takes readers beyond the city limits to convey a sense of the whole state’s ethnic multiplicity." 

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