Phoebe Morris

Phoebe Morris – Designer

Award-winning picture book illustrator from New Zealand, based in the USA. A decade of experience for publishers including Penguin Books.

Overview

Hello! I'm Phoebe (she/her), a freelance creative best known for my award-winning picture book illustrations. Originally from New Zealand, I am now based in Los Angeles, California.


I illustrate full-length picture books for ages 3+, book covers, and chapter books for YA adult readers. I have experience in content that deals with difficult subject matter and emotions (Cleo & Rob 2019), stories with a biographical or educational element (Taking the Lead 2020, Dinosaur Hunter 2019), and tales for young readers (The Adventures of Mittens 2021). I come from a family of scientists (botany, marine biology, psychology) and love to draw anything relating to animals, nature, science – as well as infusing these themes into fictional stories.


I have a Bachelor of Design with First Class Honours in Visual Communication, majoring in Illustration. Notable past projects include illustrating for NY Times best-selling author Helen Brown, and the picture-book biography of New Zealand Prime Minister – Jacinda Ardern.


"I'm impressed to the point of oxygen debt with Phoebe's work. I know that Penguin NZ are as well; I've never heard a publisher squeak with excitement so much" — David Hill, Author, (MNZM)


“Her work for Cleo and Rob surpassed all expectations with its emotional depth and vibrant story telling." — Helen Brown, New York Times Best Selling author of 'Cleo'


"Bark, bark bark, grr bark bark bark" - Boris Morris, family poodle

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Nature
Fiction
Children's Short Story Social & Family Issues
Languages
English
Awards
  • First Class Honours Massey University 2013
  • Finalist Student Category, NZ Best Awards 2014
  • Awarded Notable Book, Non-fiction category, Storylines Notable Book Award 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • Winner Children's Choice category, NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016
  • Finalist Elsie Locke Non-Fiction category, NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2018
  • Finalist Russel Clarke Award for Illustration category, NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, 2018
  • Highly Commended Best Children’s Book category, NZ Booklover’s Award 2019
Certifications
  • BDes (Hons) Visual Communication Design, Massey University, New Zealand

Portfolio

Cover Design Illustration
Book 2 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10.Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning ... read more
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Book 4 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10.Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning ... read more
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Book 1 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10.Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning ... read more
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Book 3 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10.Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning ... read more
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Up on the world's highest mountain, the sky is tinged the black color of space and the air is almost too thin to breathe. How did Ed, a small, shy boy from a tiny New Zealand town, grow up to ... read more
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A stunning biographical picture book for young readers about Sir Peter Blake, world renowned New Zealand yachtsman, adventurer and environmentalist "Remember" he wrote, "this is the most beaut... read more
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In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from England to Australia. Just two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Jean's fearless... read more
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Lost Wonders

Sarah Ell

The stories of these fascinating creatures - birds, insects, reptiles and plants - are told in an entertaining and accessible style, drawing on first-hand accounts and supported with useful il... read more
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Cleo and Rob

Helen Brown

A kitten called Cleo steps into six-year-old Rob's life after his big brother, Sam, dies.Based on true events in author Helen Brown's family, this heartwarming story first appeared as a world-... read more
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