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Jackie Morris - Author

About the Author

Jackie Morris lives in Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. She exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide. Her internationally bestselling picture books for Frances Lincoln are Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became; Mariana and the Merchild; The Snow Leopard; Can You See a Little Bear?; The Snow Whale; Lord of the Forest;  as well as those she has both written and illustrated, The Seal Children; The Time of the Lion; Little One We Knew You’d Come; Tell Me a Dragon; The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes; The Ice Bear. She has also written and illustrated a critically acclaimed novel for older children, East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

In 2019 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her illustration of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane. In her acceptance speech, Jackie Morris, said: “The times ahead are challenging. It seems to me that artists, writers, musicians have one job at the moment – to help to tell the truth about what is happening to this small and fragile world we inhabit, to re-engage with the natural world, to inspire and to imagine better ways to live. Because there is no Planet B and we are at a turning point. And because in order to make anything happen it first needs to be imagined. And as writers and illustrators for children we grow the readers and thinkers of the future.

“I’m learning so much as I watch our young people call politicians to account. Together we can make a change. And we must. While politicians nod and pretend to listen to Greta Thunberg, declare Climate Emergencies, then continue with ‘business as usual’ finding money always for bombs and seldom for books we need to stand beside these children and hold our deceitful leaders to account.”

Featured books by Jackie Morris

Other books by Jackie Morris

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes

Author: Jackie Morris, Ehsan Abdollahi Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2019

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes is a fresh interpretation of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about twelve princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose dancing shoes are still worn down by morning. A young soldier is tasked to discover their night-time adventures. But unlike the story told by the Brothers Grimm, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie's dark and poetic text updates this well-known tale and shows how stories evolve and adapt over time. Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, who has created stunning puppet-like illustrations in rich and delicate detail, this unique illustrative style brings the story to life and perfectly encapsulate the beauty and melancholy of the story.

The Ice Bear 10 Postcard Pack

The Ice Bear 10 Postcard Pack

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Postcard book or pack Release Date: 30/09/2018

Tell Me a Dragon

Tell Me a Dragon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2018

The White Fox

The White Fox

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The day the fox came things began to change for Sol. Lost, alone and far away from home, Sol feels a deep connection with the little Arctic fox he discovers down at the Seattle docks - he too feels lost in the big city. Dad is always busy working and Sol misses the grandparents they have left behind. So Sol decides to take the little fox back home, reuniting his own family in the process.

The Lost Words

The Lost Words

Author: Jackie Morris, Robert Macfarlane Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019 WINNER OF THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK AWARD 2017 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2018 'The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year' Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer 'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language - and its scope' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian 'Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty' Alex Preston, Observer 'My top book of the year' Susan Hill, Spectator From the outstanding creative partnership of Robert Macfarlane (Underland, The Old Ways) and Jackie Morris (Tell Me a Dragon, The Snow Leopard) All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world - Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

Mrs Noah's Pockets

Mrs Noah's Pockets

Author: Jackie Morris, James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

At last all were gathered inside the ark. It heaved with animals, large and small. Mrs Noah wore a brand-new coat, with a hood and a cape - and very deep pockets. Lots of pockets. When Mr Noah builds the ark, he makes two lists - one for all the animals who will come on board and one for those troublesome creatures he will leave behind. Meanwhile, Mrs Noah gets out her sewing machine and makes a coat with very deep pockets. Lots of pockets.

The Ice Bear

The Ice Bear

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2017

The White Fox

The White Fox

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

The day the fox came things began to change for Sol. Lost, alone and far away from home, Sol feels a deep connection with the little Arctic fox he discovers down at the Seattle docks - he too feels lost in the big city. Dad is always busy working and Sol misses the grandparents they have left behind. So Sol decides to take the little fox back home, reuniting his own family in the process.

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2016

The Newborn Child

The Newborn Child

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

He was born while the full moon travelled across the heavens and the waiting world turned. She held him close, his skin warm against hers, in the circle of her mother's love, safe. A beautiful and lyrical Nativity story, focusing on the thoughts, hopes and fears of a young mother-to-be, about to give birth in a strange land.

One Cheetah, One Cherry A Book of Beautiful Numbers

One Cheetah, One Cherry A Book of Beautiful Numbers

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

One cherry, one cheetah Two dogs, two balls, one big, one small Three bears, three bowls, three silver spoons With playful words and beautiful animal paintings, this spectacular counting book features numbers up to ten in words and numerals, illustrated in watercolour, with gold and silver leaf, and including elephants, tigers, swans, mice and more.

The Seal Children

The Seal Children

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

When a fisherman falls in love with a selkie - half-woman, half-seal - she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people. When a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, the children remember their mother's stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves.... Presented in a beautiful, new, gift edition, this is a haunting story of love and freedom, for all ages.

Song of the Golden Hare

Song of the Golden Hare

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A beautifully illustrated magical environmental tale about a boy and his family who hold the secret of the song of the golden hare. While others hunt the hares, his family search for leverets orphaned by the hunt and keep them safe. When the hares begin to move across the land, the boy and his sister know that their greatest challenge has begun. They must follow and watch and wait until the time comes for the old queen to leave and her child to reign in her place. But others are searching for the golden queen of the hares, a hunter with two hounds, one silver, one black. Can two children, on their own, keep the golden queen safe from the man and his hounds?

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

A beautiful, mysterious story of love, loyalty and above all, freedom, magically retold and illustrated in this captivating picture book. From the moment she saw him, she knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamt of the bear.... Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams. I will come with you, Bear, she said. It is the beginning of an extraordinary journey for the girl. First to the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains, where she is treated so courteously, but where she experiences the bear's unfathomable sadness, and a deep mystery...As the bear's secret unravels, another journey unfolds... a long and desperate journey, that takes the girl to the homes of the four Winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

Tell Me a Dragon

Tell Me a Dragon

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2009

Everyone has their very own dragon, and this book describes many different varieties of the beast, showing in words and stunning pictures exactly why their owners find them so entrancing. They range from a dragon as big as a village to a tiny dragon with whisper-thin wings, from a snaggle-toothed dragon to a sea-dragon which races dolphins on the waves - ending in a page inhabited by every dragon in the book!

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

Author: Jackie Morris, Carol Ann Duffy Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2006

Classic poems from the English literary tradition come together in an anthology that traces our journey through life with a thoughtful blend of humour and playfulness, poignancy and nostalgia. This beautifully illustrated collection contains the works of some of the finest poets in the English language. It introduces children to the world's best poetry, from John Milton to William Carlos Williams. Here too are the voices of Robert Frost, W. H. Auden, Eleanor Farjeon, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Marianne Moore. Beautiful illustrations and classic entries make this a wonderful addition to any library. Jackie Morris is a celebrated author and illustrator, and the winner of the Welsh Books Council Tir na n-Og Award for her title The Seal Children . Her illustrations for How the Whale Became , by Ted Hughes (2000) were universally praised and prompted the Guardian to comment 'This exquisite new edition provides illustrations whose rich, grave, muted, almost medieval beauty is in perfect harmony with the deceptive simplicity of the words.'

The Seal Children

The Seal Children

Author: Jackie Morris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2005

When a fisherman called Huw falls in love with a selkie - half-woman, half-seal - she gives him her sealskin as a sign of her love, and bears him two children, Ffion and Morlo, before returning to her own people. A few years later a stranger comes to the village, telling of a land far away, and Ffion and Morlo remember their mother's stories of the cities of gold and pearls beneath the waves...This is a beautiful, atmospheric story of love and freedom, and the first picture book written and illustrated by Jackie Morris.

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