child and polar bear, from The Ice bear by Jackie Morris

sketch of a sleeping peeping cat

a white duck in a tailcoat

Tell Me a Dragon, front cover of book by Jackie Morris, a girl feeding fairy cakes to a large blue-green dragon

Starlight Sailor, front cover, illustration by Jackie Morris, showing a child and a dog sailing in a paper boat across a sea of blue through which a blue whale swims


woman sleeping peacefully with a polar bear, from East of the Sun and West of the Moon

the jester from Singing to the Sun by Vivien French and Jackie Morris

snow leopard, front cover of The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris, snow leopard head looking out of the picture, with great blue eyes

The Barefoot book of Classic Poems, front cover

How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes, front cover

Can You See a Little Bear by James Mayhew, front cover of book.

The Seal Children, front cover, showing child, Morlo, swimming with his mother, the selkie, by Jackie Morris

Lord of the Forest, front cover of book, by Caroline Pitcher and Jackie Morris, showing the face of a tiger

Little One We Knew You'd Come, illustrated by Jackie Morris, Mary and baby Jesus

Mariana and the Merchild by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Snow Whale by Caroline Pitcher and illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Greatest Gift, illustrated by Jackie Morris

The Time of the Lion by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris, book cover showing a boy and a lion

Out of the Ark by Anita Ganeri, stories from world religions, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Stories from World Religions by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Animals of the Bible by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Miracles by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Parables by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Cities in the Sea by Sian Lewis, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Cantre'r Gwaelod by Sian Lewis, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Grandmother's Song, illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Barbara Soros

Bears Beras and More Bears by Jackie Morris

Journeys Through Dreamtime by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Stories From the Stars, illustrated by Jackie Morris

Jo's Storm by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris





illustration for 'I saw a ship a sailing', a sailing ship crewed by white mice and captained by a duck, for Nursery rhymes by Jackie Morris, watercolour


Nursery Rhymes ( working title is A Rhyme in Time)
compiled and illustrated by Jackie Morris
to be pub Frances Lincoln UK and USA Autumn 2011


I sketch book with doodles for A Rhyme in Time


Some time ago I had the idea to work on a book of nursery rhymes. This changed over time into The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems. I loved working on the poetry book, which I hope is a book for all ages, but still hankered after the anarchic nature of the nonsense of nursery rhymes. So when Frances Lincoln asked what I would like to do next I suggested a collection and they decided that it was time they had one on their list.


old nursery rhyme book


First came the wonderful task of collecting which ones to illustrate. I soon realised that I had so many in my head that were there from my own childhood, my own favorites being full of bats and cats and dog bark and crooked houses. There is something very wonderful about how a whole story can be held in something as short as:

There was a crooked man

And he walked a crooked mile

He found a cooked sixpence

On a crooked stile

He bought a crooked cat

That caught a crooked mouse

And they all lived together in a crooked little house.


sketch for Hark Hark the dogs do bark


sketch of cat running with pudding string, pencil, Jackie Morris


For some reason I abandoned my usual sketchbooks in favour of a small black moleskine, and words and images began to come together. Some are romantic, some are naughty, some chaotic, but all I am loving working on. Progress for the book can be followed at Drawing A Line in Time.


cat running with pudding string for A Rhyme in Time by Jackie Morris


I love little pussy, for A Rhyme in Time by Jackie Morris, watercolour


weasels being naughty for pop goes the weasel, sketch for A Rhyme in Time


The Hart he loves the high wood, medieval nursery rhyme, watercolour painting by Jackie Morris


The hart he loves the high wood.

The hare, she loves the hill.

The knight he loves his bright sword

And the lady loves her will.


detail of hare and hart nursery rhyme, watercolour, full moon with two hares dancing.


little beau peep finding her sheep, rare breeds, Suffolk, Hebridean, Jacob's sheep, Gray Faced Dartmoor, Welsh Half Breed, little dog, knitting, For a Rhyme in Time by Jackie Morris. Watercolour

To follow the development of the book and to keep up to date with news of other projects go to Drawing a Line in Time.


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