Biography

∼ Release Date: 1st Oct 2015 Hardcover ∼

∼ Reprint Date: May 2017 (AUS & NZ), Oct 2017 (UK & USA) Softcover ∼

Dad has mowed the grass including all the dandelion flowers in it. His daughter is devastated. She was waiting for the flowers to turn into fluff balls so she could blow them away on the breeze. How will dad help his daughter mend her broken heart and help her blow the dandelion puff balls once more? See our Books page for more information.

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Up To Something

∼ Proposed Release Date: May 2019 (AUS & USA) ∼

A boy and his dad share a special journey involving building, learning, bonding, and a racing cart. Illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan and published by EK Books.

No Bath's Week

∼ Proposed Release Date: Early 2019 ∼

Ben and his dog, Bandit avoid having baths for a week. Mum plays along and encourages them to find alternative ways to get clean. This is a fun story about mess, chaos, play time with water, sand, mud, and paint, the relationship between a boy and his dog, and the days of the week. Published by Big Sky Publishing.

Chasing Rainbows

∼ Proposed Release Date: Mid 2019 ∼

Xavier and Sophie want to prove there is magic at the end of a rainbow. After many failed attempts at getting one to land in their backyard, they end up in a helicopter trying to chase one. Once in the air, they get unexpected answers and a touch of rainbow magic. Published by Big Sky Publishing.

Isla's Famly Tree

∼ Proposed Release Date: 2020 ∼

Isla’s family was about to change and she was not happy. So her heavy pregnant Mum explains the family tree to her by making one together. When Mum hands Isla two leaves, she asks Isla to work out where they belong, hinting twins will be arriving soon. Isla believes the family tree is too full and they don’t belong. While Mum is at the hospital, Isla has another look at her family tree, believing she can make them fit somewhere, but not on her branch. But once she meets her brothers, she falls in love with them and has a change of heart. As a result, she makes room for them on her branch. Published by EK Books.


Katrina McKelvey - Children's AuthorWelcome friends, family, colleagues, publishers, and stickybeaks.

I am a children’s author, wife and mum in no particular order. I perform all these jobs simultaneously and love all of them!

Picture books are my favourite type of book. I love how the words and pictures share a special bond – one is meaningless without the other - I believe a lot like the relationship between a husband and wife, and a parent and child.

My website has been designed so you can learn about me. My biography page has a few quirky facts - maybe facts you shouldn’t know. My reviews page will continuously change. It has many reviews of my first book - 'Dandelions'. You will find some interesting illustrations by my friend and illustrator, Kirrili Lonergan. The gallery page is full of photos of other children’s authors and illustrators I have met at presentations and festivals. You can follow my journey to publication and beyond by reading my blog or by visiting my Facebook page. The resources page is full of websites I use regularly to gather information about books and writing.

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please contact me.

I facilitate a children's writing group through the Hunter Writers Centre. If you're a local children's author in Newcastle, feel free to join us.

Enjoy,

Katrina Mckelvey

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