Jennifer E. Morris is an award-winning illustrator living in Massachusetts. She has illustrated children’s magazines, greeting cards, partyware and educational materials as well as numerous picture books. She is also an author and has written several children's books including the Maud the Koala series and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, Flubby is Not a Good Pet! Her best-selling title, May I Please Have a Cookie?, has sold over one million copies.
Jennifer also has a nerdy side and has a bachelors in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters of computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. She volunteers with FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics competition for elementary and middle grade students and was an FLL coach for many years.
Clients include Amscan, Highlights, Cricket Magazine Group, Scholastic, Great Arrow Graphics, Penguin Random House, Amazon Two Lions Publishing, Sleeping Bear Press, Heinemann, Lifeway and Tilbury House Publishers.
Currently, due to COVID, I am not doing in-person visits. But email me if you would like to discuss a virtual visit.
I live in lovely rural Massachusetts. My closest neighbors are a family of beavers who live in a pond behind my house.
All of the illustrations that you see on my website were done digitally. When I feel like stepping away from the computer and using real paints I use watercolors and gouache (pronounced “gwash’‘), which is sort of like a cross between watercolor and poster paint.
I have two cats. One of them is named Flubby. I wrote some stories about him.
I wish there was enough time to illustrate everyone's story but I'm afraid my schedule is pretty busy. I can no longer accept self-published projects.
Do your homework. Creating children's books is very fun and rewarding but it's also a very competitive industry. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has a lot of resources to help get you started. If you are interested in self-publishing, Harold Underdown has a lot of great resources on his website.
Here's a short video demonstrating my process. This image was created using Procreate on an iPad Pro.