A book for every home and classroom

Eco Warriors to the Rescue!
(National Library Publishing,

Aug 2013, $17.99, firm cover,


To today I welcome a very special guest, Tania McCartney, who is an amazing ambassador for reading and writing, founder of Kids Book Review, and a very talented writer. Her latest book, Eco Warriors to the Rescue, features very believable characters, Banjo, Matilda and Ned who embark on a magical adventure giving tips and advice on how to save the Australian landscape for future generations.

The book should be in every home and classroom. The information and tips on saving our wildlife, flora, and water-ways are something that many adults need. The use of photographs of children instead of cartoon characters will, I believe, make children relate to and absorb the information more readily. The colourful drawings of the plants add to the over-all appeal of the book and the detailed information on each plant is a valuable lesson for all. I wonder how many adults know this much about our native flora.

I congratulate the National Library and Tania for their foresight in creating and publishing this book.

eco warriors coverSynopsis:

Join Banjo, Matilda and Ned on a magical adventure into the Australian native landscape via a series of historic, beautifully-rendered botanical paintings.

Entering the very pages of their favourite book, the children interact with all manner of Australian flora including Kangaroo Paw, Wattle and Eucalypt. Along the way, these intrepid warriors seek ‘tips’ to ensure the survival of our native landscape for generations to come.

Can these eco-warriors help save our native flora from extinction?

Combining modern photography and typesetting with historical artworks from the archives of the National Library, Eco Warriors to the Rescue! makes our beautiful collection of botanical art accessible to the very young. The book also includes interesting facts about Australian flora, as well as floral emblems and birth months, and further ideas on how to keep Australian green.


Join Tania McCartney and her three real-life eco warriors—Banjo (Riley), Ned (Andrew) and Matilda (Claire)—as they launch Eco Warriors to the Rescue! at Canberra’s National Arboretum Gift Shop, Saturday 5 October 2013, at 11am.


Tania McCartney is an author of both children’s and adult books. An experienced magazine writer and editor, she also founded respected literary site Kids’ Book Review. She is passionate about literacy, and loves to speak on reading, books and writing. Her latest books include Eco Warriors to the Rescue! (National Library Publishing), Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: A journey around Canberra (Ford Street), Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant’s Friend (New Frontier) and An Aussie Year: Twelve months in the life of Australian Kids (EK Publishing). Tania adores books, travel and photography. She lives in Canberra with her family, in a paper house at the base of a book mountain.



Follow the book’s blog tour to learn more about this fabulous book.

Sunday 1 September

 Sneak Peek

Tania McCartney’s Blog



Boomerang Books Blog



Pass It On


Mixed Media Illustrations for Picture Books

Angela Sunde

Under the Apple Tree

Monday 2 September

Book Review

Book Giveaway

Kids Book Review


Eco Tips for Little Readers

Sheryl Gwyther’s Blog


Bringing Up Eco Warriors

The Book Chook



Books for Little Hands


Literature Supporting Sustainability

Children’s Books Daily


Author Interview

Alison Reynolds


Tuesday 3 September


My Little Bookcase



5 Multi-Media Writing Tips




Writing for the National Library of Australia




Elaine Ouston Blog




Soup Blog






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