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Katrina McKelvey
Author | Primary School

Virtual visits only outside New South Wales in 2021

Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, picture book manuscript assessor, former primary school teacher, and wife and mother living in Newcastle, NSW. She’s highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, Littlescribe, community events, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools. She’s written many children’s picture books and educational readers including her new title Mila and Ivy. Other much loved books include Isla’s Family Tree, Chasing Rainbows, No Baths Week and Up To Something. Katrina’s left-handed, loves tea, scary movies and rollercoasters, and is addicted to mint chocolate. When she was little, a hot air balloon accidentally landed in her backyard.


Books by Katrina McKelvey

Mila & Ivy

Mila is a cardboard design engineer. She often works with her sister Ivy.  However, things change when Ivy destroys their project, making cardboard confetti instead. Mila is devastated and continues to engineer alone. But something is missing. Maybe Ivy has something that could help. How can the sisters rebuild their relationship and engineer their next creation?

Chasing Rainbows

Best Suited for ages 3+ Years
A summer shower brings the delight of a rainbow. Is there truly magic at the end that Dad believes there is? Join Xavier and Sophie as they frolic in their backyard, creating rainbows and chaos with imaginative and experimental water play. The children quickly discover the joy of chasing rainbows. But will they ever discover the secret of what lies at the end of the rainbow? Perhaps Dad can show them how?

Isla’s Family Tree

Best suited 6 – 8 Years
Isla’s family is changing and she’s not happy! She doesn’t want siblings. Her mother explains how families grow by making a family tree with her, but Isla’s branch is already full! Isla tries to make the new leaves fit somewhere, just not on her branch. But once she meets her new brothers, she falls in love and makes room for them after all.

No Baths Week

Best Suited 4-8 years
Ben and his dog, Bandit know how to avoid having baths for a whole week – or do they? A fun story full of chaos, mess, noise and adventure as Ben and his beloved pet, Bandit avoid having baths for an entire week.


Best Suited 4-8 Years
This gorgeous picture book is the story of a little girl who one day 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.

Up to Something

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Up to Something beautifully explores the father–son relationship, and how they can bond while doing things together that they both love, as well as touching on the power of imagination and creativity, and the satisfaction to be gained from recycling and making things ourselves.

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