DANDELIONS. Look and listen to the first pages of the story.

Author Katrina McKelvey

Illustrator Kirrili Lonergan

Publisher Exisle Publishing

Genre Picture book

A heart-warming picture book for children from 4 years up

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.

Taking her hand, he leads her to the verandah, and there, nestled against a post, are two tiny dandelion puff balls. Father and daughter each blow as hard as they can, and the tiny dandelion parachutes spiral and spin, up, up and away, spreading their seeds to create new generations of dandelions far and wide. Father and daughter lie down together on the grass, watching as they whirl and twirl through the air.

Perfect for readers aged 4–9, this is a book that will be cherished by families and recommended by teachers and librarians.

  • Age range: 4–9 years
  • Picture book
  • Hardback, 245x255mm, 32pp


Katrina McKelvey is an author, former primary school teacher, and mother of two. She is passionate about inspiring a love of all things literary in kids of all ages. She is a president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Newcastle sub-branch.

Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and former paediatric nurse, whose illustrations display a profound understanding of the needs of children. She can be found enjoying good times with her husband and four children in Newcastle, Australia.

Katrina McKelvey gives a sneak peek into Dandelions, reading aloud from the first few pages and showing us the beautiful illustrations.