For readers whose ancestry reside in the British Isles, A Scottish Year and An English Year are must-have additions to your kids bookcase.
Written by Tania McCartney and illustrated by Tina Snerling, these books follow the bestselling book An Aussie Year. Similar to that book, these books explore 12 months of life in England and Scotland.
In An English Year, five English children, Aman, Victoria, Amelia, Tandi and George illustrate the different activities, attractions and events which take place around England. The kids themselves represent the diversity within England with kids of Indian, Jamaican and Polish ancestry.
As well as uniquely English things such as the London Marathon, tea parties, Chelsea Flower Show, Queen’s Birthday Celebration and Midsummer’s Day at Stonehenge, multicultural events and activities are included as well such as Holi and Junkanoo.
Likewise, in A Scottish Year, five kids, Rashida, Sophie, Dominik, Isla and James welcome readers to Scotland. They describe life in Scotland over the course of 12 months. This includes celebrating Burns’ Night, Tartan Day, Beltane Fire Festival, St Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay. The kids describe a number of notable Scottish activities including playing the bagpipes, eating haggis, searching for the Loch Ness Monster and wearing tartan to celebrate a family clan.
These are wonderful books to celebrate the culture and history of England and Scotland. They’re also useful to explore the heritage of other countries without leaving your house!
An English Year and A Scottish Year are published by EK Books. RRP $19.99. Ages: 6 – 10.
The Mummy Project received review copies.