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Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan 2018-172

Josh Morgan (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki and Rongowhaakata) is a freelance illustrator living in Wellington with his young daughter and a vast hoard of picture books.
His first picture book was the gorgeous and heart-warming Keys / Ngā Kī, written by Sacha Cotter, translated by Kawata Teepa, and published by Huia. He was again very fortunate to illustrate Sacha’s next brilliant and fun picture book, The Marble Maker / Te Kaihanga Māpere. Their third, and very exciting, collaboration, The Bomb / Te Pohū, will be released later in 2018.  His other work with Huia includes illustrating the wonderful junior fiction chapter book Rona by Chris Szekely; the vibrant Māori language maps Tōku Ao and Tōku Whenua: Aotearoa, and their companion activity books; and various educational resources.
He has also illustrated for the fabulous Te Reo Sing Along series of books and for the School Journal and other related publications.
Before illustrating for the publishing world, Josh picked up a Bachelor of Design at Massey University and cut his teeth illustrating and designing gig posters and album covers for various bands, including his own bands The Dissentors and Creaky Drawers.
His illustrations are largely created digitally, drawing over scanned textures in Photoshop. His ultimate aim is to emulate the charm and quirkiness of the classic picture books and animations he grew up with (and still loves).

Josh also loves laughing at silly things, writing silly songs, drawing silly things in the margins of important documents, dressing up and performing as a Marble Making Lab Assistant Sheep, and hanging out with his loved ones.

  • NZ Books Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 Winner Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori) for Te Kaihanga Māpere
  • Storyline’s Notable Book List 2017 for Rona
  • IBBY International Honour List 2016 for Ngā Ki
  • NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 Māori Language Awards Winner for Ngā Ki
  • NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 Picture Book Award Finalist for Keys
  • LIANZA 2015 Children and Young Adults Book Awards Te Rōpū Whakahau (organisation for Māori Librarians) Te Tohu Taurapa/Tauihu Wāhanga Pikitia Winner for Ngā Ki
  • LIANZA 2015 Children and Young Adults Book Awards Te Kura Pounamu (te reo māori)  Award Finalist for Ngā Ki 
  • LIANZA 2015 Children and Young Adults Book Awards Special Recognition as the illustrator of Ngā Ki
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