Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison - Designer

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Award winning illustrator passionate about nature, science and the environment. I create picture books that encourage life long readers.

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As a digital children's book illustrator I'm passionate about nature, science and the environment. Combining my degrees in fine arts and education along with my background in animation and graphic design, I research and illustrate narrative nonfiction picture books as well as whimsical fiction, board books, and chapter books.

I love the collaboration process, welcoming revisions and edits, always striving to create a book that will encourage lifelong readers.


"In addition to being a phenomenally talented artist and illustrator, Cathy understands exactly what the client needs and delivers. She is reliable, does excellent work and I would not hesitate to recommend her highly for book or any other kind of illustration. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, On Time".

-- Florrie Kichler, past president of the Independent Book Publisher's Association and publisher of the Patria Press historical fiction series.

My studio is in the foothills northwest of Fort Collins with a panoramic view of the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. I enjoy travel, hiking, and gardening, especially with native, drought-tolerant plants that encourage pollinators.

Represented by Lynnette Novak, literary agent with The Seymour Agency

Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Historical Fiction
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • International League of Conservation Writers
  • National Science Teacher's Assoc
  • Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators


  • Moonbeam Gold Award
  • Mom's Choice Award, Gold
  • Silver Award in Florida Book Awards
  • Colorado Independent Publisher's Assoc EVVY Award for Cover Illustration and Design
  • Teacher's Choice Award
  • Green Earth Book Awards Shortlist
  • Family Choice Award
  • Eureka! Honor Award
  • USA Best Book Award
  • Nautilus Book Award

Work experience

Children's Book Illustrator

January, 1981 – Present (almost 42 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

The Tiny Giant

Ciletti, Barbara, Morrison, Cathy

I Want a Pet!

Cathy Morrison, Cathy Morrison

The Prairie that Nature Built

Lorbiecki, Marybeth, Morrison, Cathy

Pitter and Patter

Sullivan, Martha, Morrison, Cathy

If You Love Honey: Nature's Connections

Sullivan, Martha, Morrison, Cathy

Over on the Farm (Our World, Our Home)

Berkes, Marianne, Morrison, Cathy

Over on the Farm

Berkes, Marianne, Morrison, Cathy

Dino Treasures

Donald, Rhonda Lucas, Morrison, Cathy


Berkes, Marianne, Morrison, Cathy

The Tale of Moresy Bug and Benjamin Getts

Odyssey Books, Morrison, Cathy

Wild Ones: Observing City Critters

Malnor, Carol, Morrison, Cathy

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