A New York Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New York’s Kids by Tania McCartney
Published by EK Books
What an informative and truly multicultural book this is, one of many in the excellent Year series released by Exisle Publishing. As the title suggests, the narrative follows the activities of five children living in New York, running from January to December. The children range from ages 6-10 with diverse interests and heritages. However, the book rarely links the children to specific activities based on their likely cultural or religious beliefs. Instead they enjoy sports, excursions and celebrations in a way that reflects the true melting pot that is New York City.
One of the best aspects of this book is the layout, with quirky illustrations surrounded by colourful words and speech bubbles. Many factual books are packed with so much information that it’s easy for a child to become overwhelmed. Not so with A New York Year, where generous spacing helps young (and old) eyes to travel easily over the page, complimented by illustrator Tina Snerling’s vibrant and appealing images.
The range of content will appeal to inquisitive minds. On every page the facts flit between the weather, annual celebration days, nature, religious festivals, food, areas of New York, excursions to museums and shows, sport and many other themes. The book ends with a map of the State of New York, showing the major counties and the location of New York City.
Tania McCartney is the founder of Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. An Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), a Friend of the Reading Hour and a writer of adult and children’s books, she is passionate about literacy.
Tina Snerling is an illustrator, graphic designer, creator and mother. She has illustrated many picture books, including the award-winning Year series.
I recommend this engaging, colourful picture book for ages 4+, as a classroom resource and especially for those in Kindergarten and Year 1 keen to learn about geography and global culture.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tina Snerling
Title: A New York Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New York’s Kids
Publisher: EK Books
Published: August 2016