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Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel. She’s written many children’s picture books and educational readers including No Baths Week, Up To Something, Isla’s Family Tree (April, 2020), and Chasing Rainbows (August, 2020). She’s highly involved in CBCA, SCBWI, literary conferences and festivals, and loves visiting schools. She’s left-handed, loves tea and rollercoasters, and is addicted to mint chocolate. While in lockdown in Disney World a few years ago, she survived Hurricane Gene (category 5) by eating awful brownies.
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Books by Katrina McKelvey
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.
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?
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.
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.