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Sandra Morris

Sandra Morris 2016-195Sandra Morris grew up in the Waikato. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA Sandra worked as an art editor and illustrator for School Publications.  She then went on to study for a MFA at Elam and then a PGDip in Plant & Wildlife illustration at the University of Newcastle, NSW. While at Elam she completed her first picture book, One Lonely Kakapo, winner of the Russell Clark Award for illustration in 1992.

Sandra continues to be involved in both children’s book publishing and teaching book illustration. She runs the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency, representing more than sixty leading illustrators.

Selected bibliography:
  • Illustrations for School Journals, Dept. of Education, 1974-87
  • The Dolphin Boy by Beverley Dunlop, illustrator, Sandra Morris (Hodder & Stoughton, 1982)
  • Feet by Joy Cowley, illustrator, Sandra Morris (Shortland Publications, 1983)
  • The Kingfisher and The White-faced Heron with photos by Geoff Moon (Heinemann, 1985)
  • The Bay by Ron Bacon, illustrator, Sandra Morris (Ashton Scholastic, 1987)
  • The Garden Year by Jonathan Spade, illustrator, Sandra Morris (Reed Methuen, 1988)
  • In My Bed by Ron Bacon, illustrator, Sandra Morris (Shortland Publications, 1988)
  • The Nest, Land's End Publishing, 1996)
  • Pohutukawa (Reed Publishing NZ, 2000) 
  • Godwit’s Journey (Reed Publishing, 2005)
  • Sensational Survivors: New Zealand’s Remarkable Wildlife, (Walker Books Australia Ltd, 2010)
  • One Lonely Kakapo (republished by New Holland Publishers, 2012)
  • Discovering New Zealand Birds (republished by New Holland Publishers, 2013)
  • A New Zealand Nature Journal (Walker Books Australia Ltd, 2014)
  • Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal (Candlewick, USA, 2015)
  • Discovering New Zealand Trees (New Holland Publishers, 2015)
  • Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal (Candlewick Publishers, 2016)
  • 1992 Russell Clark Award for illustrations: One Lonely Kakapo
  • 1995 Professional Development Award (QE11 Arts) for study in Australia
  • 1995 Finalist in Russell Clark Award for illustrations: Discovering New Zealand Birds
  • 1995 Finalist AIM Children’s Book Awards for Non Fiction: Discovering New Zealand Birds
  • 2003 Shared award for Excellence in Educational Publishing, Australia (Primary literacy and numeracy series)
  • 2006 Lecturer of the Year Award, Massey College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Albany
  • 2011 Finalist NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for Non Fiction: Sensational Survivors
  • 2011 Finalist for LIANZA Non Fiction Award: Sensational Survivors
  • 2011 Storylines Notable Book: Sensational Survivors
  • 2013 Visiting artist position for 6 weeks at Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa
  • 2015 Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal (Candlewick, USA) selected for 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 list. USA
  • 2015 Finalist NZ Children’s Book Awards for Non Fiction: A New Zealand Nature Journal
  • 2015 Finalist for LIANZA Non-Fiction Award: A New Zealand Nature Journal
  • 2015 Storylines Notable Book: A New Zealand Nature Journal
  • 2016 Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal selected for Bank St College of Education Best Childrens Book of the Year List, USA
  • 2016 Welcome to New Zealand: A Nature Journal - Winner of the Riverby Award, USA
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