Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is a prize winning, internationally best-selling illustrator, artist and author of over forty children’s books. She was born in Birmingham in 1961 and her family then moved to Evesham when she was four. As a child she was told that she couldn’t be an artist, but despite this information being drilled into her by teachers she decided to throw caution to the wind and learn to paint. She studied at the Bath Academy of Art and on leaving college worked in editorial, illustrating magazines including Radio Times, New Statesman, New Society and Country Living. She has since written and illustrated a phenomenal number of books. She now lives by the sea in St Davids in Wales, painting and writing and dreaming and proving her teachers wrong.

In 2016 she was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Something about a Bear and she then won the prize in 2019 for the bestselling, critically acclaimed modern classic, The Lost Words. She also won the CILIP Greenaway Shadowers Choice Sward that year, chosen by children and The Books are My Bag Readers Award. The book was voted the most beautiful book of 2017 by UK booksellers. It was shortlisted in 2017 as one of the nations’ favorite books of all time on the natural world (alongside The Wind in the Willows). She is twice the recipient of the Tir na n-Og Award for Seal Children in 2005 and Cities in the Sea in 1997.

Morris has had a number of long term collaborations during her career, with eg. Ted Hughes, Robin Hobb, Barbara Newhall Follett as well as Robert Macfarlane. With Robert she created the phenomenally successful ‘spellbook’ for all ages, The Lost Words, for readers both young and old, that seeks to bring back an experience of nature as astonishing, strange, beautiful, eerie, and magical

Some of Jackie Morris’s key titles:-

• Cities in the Sea (1996) with Siân Lewis
• The Seal Children (2004) Frances Lincoln – in three languages
• Can You See a Little Bear (2005) with James Mayhew – in five languages
• Compilation and Illustration of The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems (2006)
• The Snow Leopard (2007) now Graffeg – in 10 languages
• Tell Me a Dragon (2009) 2018 Graffeg – in 8 languages
• The Ice Bear (2010) – now Graffeg- translated into eight languages
• The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes (2011)
• Queen of the Sky (2011)
• I am Cat (2012) – translated in ten languages
• Song of the Golden Hare (2013) 2020 Unbound
• East of the Sun, West of the Moon (2013) – also in Korean and Romanian
• Words of Little Evie in the Wild Wood (2013) illustrated by Catherine Hyde
• Something About a Bear (2014) – in 3 languages
• The Wild Swans (2015) – Barrington Stoke – also in Korean
• Cat Walk (2015) – Graffeg
• The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow (2016) Graffeg
• The While Fox (2016) – Barrington Stoke
• The Lost Words (2017) with Robert Macfarlane
• Words of Mrs Noah’s Pockets (2018) illustrated by James Mayhew – Otter Barry Books
• The Secret of the Tattered Shoes (2019) with Ehsan Abdollahi – Tiny Owl
• The House Without Windows (2019) with Barbara Newhall Follett – Hamish Hamilton

She has illustrated the following titles:-

• The Snow Whale (1996) by Caroline Pitcher
• Out of the Ark: Stories from the World’s Religions (1996) by Anita Ganeri
• The Time of the Lion (1998) by Caroline Pitcher – in 3 languages
• The Fourth Wise Man (1998) by Susan Summers
• Stories from the Stars: Greek Myths of the Zodiac (1998) by Juliet Sharman-Burke
• Lord of the Dance (1998) by Sydney Carter
• Grandmother’s Song by Barbara Soros
• How the Whale Became (1963) by Ted Hughes (2000)
• Marianna and the Merchild (2000) by Caroline Pitcher – in four languages
• Parables: Stories Jesus Told (2000) by Mary Hoffman- in 8 languages
• Animals of the Bible (2003) by Mary Hoffman- in three languages
• Lord of the Forest (2004) by Caroline Pitcher – in eight languages
• Little One, We Knew You’d Come (2006) by Sally Lloyd-Jones
• Singing to the Sun (2008) by Vivian French
• Starlight Sailor (2013) by James Mayhew
• Walking on Water: Miracles Jesus Worked (2017) by Mary Hoffman- 6 languages
• Lost and Found: Parables Jesus Told (2017) by Mary Hoffman