My Heart

USD $19.99

Avaliable now in ANZ / US (Due for release Uk August 2024)

My Heart depicts the many ways a mother’s heart can experience love and emotion while her baby journeys through the milestones of growing up, eventually going off on their first independent activity. Beautiful illustrations combine with subtle repetition to cleverly reflect the activity and reactions of the mother’s heart, and how they change with each mother-child interaction. Grounded in a mother’s lived experience, this is a celebration of the bond between a mother and her child.


Specifications: 9781922539571 | 245mm x 255mm | Hardback | 32 Pages | Full Colour | EK Books

Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife and mother living in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. She is 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.

Katrina began writing picture books when her children were 3 and 5. Her parenting path has included the loss of a son, 17 weeks into her first pregnancy. This experience highlighted for her the preciousness of each moment with her children.

Katrina’s previous books for children include Dandelions (2015), Up to Something (2019) and Isla’s Family Tree (2020) published by EK books.

Deb Hudson is an illustrator who is passionate about drawing images that evoke emotion and thought in their viewer. Inspired by joy- and wonder-filled dreamy moments of the everyday, Deb has been drawing and creating since she was a little girl.

Deb taught English in Japan for four years. She then studied for a degree in Fine Arts and became a mother. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, three children, energetic border collie and a bright yellow canary.

Deb’s first picture book, The Golden Thread, was published in 2019. Her other works include Pear of Hope (2021) and Milly and the Mulberry Tree (2022), both published by EK Books.

Buzz Words
“Delightful and relatable, it depicts the many ways a mother’s heart can experience love and emotion while her baby journeys through the milestones of growing up. ”

Blue Wolf Reviews
“There are so many times when we just want to say to our babies, toddlers, and children, “You are my heart’s treasure.” My Heart makes it very easy to do just that. From the gentle colours, the peaceful illustrations and the tender words comes a feeling of tranquillity and love. .”

Reading Time
“Beautifully illustrated, My Heart opens with a mother embracing her baby. I especially love the spread where the children ‘whirled and twirled in mixed-up outfits …’ The author brings out the moving moments of raising a child and makes ‘my heart’ smile. ”

“My Heart by Katrina McKelvey is a picture book about a loving mother–child relationship. Moods traverse the tender and sorrowful to the playful and humorous, My Heart is a sweet gift for a baby shower or Mother’s Day”

The Corner on Character book review blog
“As a counselor, I see so much potential for enrichment with this gem; as a mom, I wish I’d have written this terrific tribute to that unimaginable gift of compassionate connection, unbridled joy and unconditional love.”

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