Katrina McKelvey is an author, former primary school teacher, and mother of two. A reluctant reader as a child, her love of books came late and she is now passionate about inspiring a love of all things literary in kids of all ages. She is the president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), Newcastle sub-branch, and on the organizing committee for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival. Dandelions is Katrina’s first picture book.
Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and mother of four. She has illustrated several picture books (Lessons of a LAC, Perfect Petunias, Brave and Dandelions) as well as created designs for clothes, prints and pottery. She is passionate about illustrating picture books that have a ‘healing’ message and has a great understanding of the need for such books as a result of her previous work as a pediatric nurse.