A Scottish Year: Picture Book Review

Book Review, Children's Books, Picture Books
A Scottish Year

A Scottish YearA Scottish Year: Tweve Months in the Life of Scotland’s Kids by Tania McCartney, illustrated by Tina Snerling

Age range: 4-7

Grade level: P-2

Hardcover: 28 pages

Publisher: Exisle Pub (September 28, 2015)

Source: From Jennifer Prost Public Relations

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


About A Scottish Year:

Five little Scotts ready to take you on a journey through twelve months in the life of Scottish kids. Meet Isla, Sophie, Dominik, James and Rashida – Scottish children representing a multicultural blend of culture and race that typifies our beautiful country. They will take you through a year in the life of Scottish kids, from celebrations to traditions to events, to our everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable. They are our Scottish childhood. A Scottish Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It is a snapshot of who we are as a nation, blending our modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and strong heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations, showcasing our five Scottish children at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of Scotland – from our heather-strewn Highlands to our historical cities, pristine outer islands and charming rural towns.


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About the Author and Illustrator:

Tania McCartney is an author, editor, reviewer and features writer. The founder of Kids Book Review and an ambassador for the National Year of Reading 2012, she is passionate about literacy and has spent many years presenting and speaking on reading, books and writing. She lives in Canberra with her husband and two kids.

Tina Snerling is an illustrator, children’s wear designer and graphic artist. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and two kids.


Our Thoughts on A Scottish Year:

A Scottish Year is very similar to An English Year. They both explore the country’s traditions, holidays, and what makes them special. Many of the Scottish holidays are the same as the English holidays, so there is some cross over between the two books. Some terms aren’t explained, so there were a few times my kids would ask me what something was and I didn’t know. But it gave us the chance to Google the term and find out together.

A Scottish Year is a cute picture book that is a good choice to read with your kids if they like learning about other countries. It’s an easy to read book on culture and traditions in other parts of the world.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


See our review of An English Year here.

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  • Reply
    Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind
    December 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, this sounds really nice. I hope you and your kids learned something new.
    I’m sure that Scots and English have some crossover. I’m pretty sure they are a part of English territory as well as Ireland but don’t quote me.
    I would love to go to Scotland and Ireland. It’s supposed to be beautiful in the countryside.

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I want to visit there too. I have ancestors from England, and my husband’s family came from Scotland (forever ago).

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