Katrina McKelvey - Children's AuthorWelcome friends, family, colleagues, teachers, librarians, book enthusiasts, and stickybeaks.

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

Picture books are my favourite books. I love how the words and pictures share a special bond – one is meaningless without the other. Together, they weave magic as they take the reader on a special journey.

My website has been designed so you can learn about me. My biography page is full of quirky facts – maybe I should have kept some of them a secret. Shhh! My books page is constantly changing which is a lovely thing. My appearances page is one of my favourite pages. I love getting out and about to meet children, educators and the community. I wonder where I’ll be next? The gallery page is full of photos of other children’s authors and illustrators I have met during my writing journey. 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.Book Your School Visit here!

If you're ever in Newcastle, feel free to let me know so we can share a pot of tea in a local café – my favourite thing to do (when I’m not writing of course).


Katrina Mckelvey

Latest Releases

My HeartMy Heart

∼ Release Date: March 2024 ∼

Illustrated by Deb Hudson and published by EK Books

From a baby’s first smile to a toddler’s first steps …
from the first fall to the first sniffle …
from the first bike ride to the first day of school
These treasured moments fill a mother’s heart with joy, worry, pride and love.
Celebrate a journey of memories and emotions in this tribute to mothers everywhere.

Mila & IvyMila & Ivy

∼ Release Date: March 2022 ∼

Illustrated by Jasmine Berry and published by Wombat Books

Mila is a cardboard design engineer. She is currently designing and constructing a cupcake catapult with her little sister, Ivy. However, things change when Ivy destroys their project, making cardboard confetti instead. Mila is devastated and wants nothing more to do with Ivy. Mila continues to engineer - alone. But something is missing. Maybe Ivy was making cardboard confetti for a reason. So how do sisters rebuild their relationship while engineering their next ultimate cardboard creation?

Chasing Rainbows by Katrina McKelveyChasing Rainbows

∼ Release Date: August 2020 ∼

Illustrated by Cheri Hughes and published by Big Sky Publishing

Sam and his sister Ruby are crazy about rainbows! Dad always told them stories of magical rainbows, so Sam and Ruby decide to find out for themselves if rainbow magic is true.

An inspiring story mixed with a little bit of science, lots of persistence, loads of chaos, and a new discovery that will change the way Sam and Ruby see rainbows forever.

Up To Something by Katrina McKelveyIsla's Famly Tree

∼ Release Date: April 2020 ∼

Illustrated by Prue Pittock and published by EK Books

Isla isn’t happy that her family is changing, so her mother creates a clever family tree with Isla to teach her how families always grow. When her mother hands her two new leaves, Isla doesn’t think they belong. She tries to make them fit somewhere, but not on her branch. However, once she meets her new brothers, she has a change of heart and finds room for them after all. A fun book for any family trying to introduce new family members, or show children how they belong in their family.

Up To Something by Katrina McKelvey

Up To Something

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

When Billy finally gets invited into Dad’s shed, Billy thinks they’ll be working together on a building project. Soon Billy discovers he’s only going to be his dad’s assistant. It seems Dad has underestimated Billy’s talent and now it’s time for Billy to show him what he can do, and ultimately what they can do together!

No Baths WeekNo Bath's Week

∼ Release Date: April 2019 ∼

Ben and his best friend, Bandit have decided it’s ‘NO BATHS’ week. Mum plays along but challenges them to find other ways to get clean.

Will Ben and Bandit come up with a clever plan? And will they rediscover their love of having a bath?

This humorous story is bursting with mess, noise, and adventure. A perfect balance of fun and chaos for anyone involved in this often loved, but sometimes dreaded, daily bath routine.



∼ Release Date: October 2015 ∼

Dandelions beautifully explores the father - daughter bond. A little girl notices her father mowing the lawn - in the process destroying her favourite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she’s too late, they’re all gone. There’s nothing for it: she’s just going to have to sit outside and wait until they grow back! But fortunately, Dad has another idea.

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