Children’s Books and Illustrations
Here are Katrina Morse’s children’s books and illustrations of additional characters that may turn up in a book one day! Please contact Katrina
“I have given several of these books as gifts to the children in my life and each one has been enchanted by the beautiful illustrations and really enjoyed the movements incorporated in this book. The sunny faces of the flowers and the smart glasses on the mole just make me happy! But my favorite part is the imagery of the wind kissing each of the forest animals.”Amazon customer
Quiet Cat Loud Cat (2019)
Just published! September 2019
Kimmy and her new friend Leona love to sing with loud cat mee-ows. Will the neighborhood animals join in? This is a story of finding your own voice and learning about acceptance. We are the same as each other and different, too! “Ways to be Kind” and family activities included! (8 ½” x 11”)
Order 1-9 copies on Amazon.com
For orders of 10 or more copies contact Katrina to purchase at the wholesale price.
If you are in the Ithaca area, buy a copy directly from Katrina and have it personalized with an inscription if you’d like!
Take a Break and Create! (2019)
This creative workbook for adults is filled with 20 different art projects that will help renew your spirit! Each project focuses on one word paired with a simple creative activity that can be done in an hour or less. Click here for the project list.
Pick the page you would like to create and use colored pencils or collage to express what that word means to you. An “art insight” is included on each page that gives a technique tip.
Focusing on the “Word of the Page” and creating art is a mindfulness practice that helps with focus and gaining a sense of calmness.
Use “Take a Break and Create!” on your own or schedule a workshop with a group of friends or co-workers. Use it as a self reflective hour of creation, a bonding experience in a group, or as a team building exercise at a staff meeting. To find out more about a workshop or to order one or more copies, contact Katrina.
It Began with a Song (2013)
Stretch and bend. Wiggle and jump. When a bird starts singing to the bright, rising sun, everyone starts moving! Young children will love making the sounds and doing the movements on each page just as the animals in the story do as they wake up and start their day. The theme of friendship, cooperation, and respect for differences makes for great discussion with children. Music score and additional activities for extending the book are included in the back. (8 ½” x 11”)
Order 1-9 copies on Amazon.com
For orders of 10 or more copies, contact Katrina to purchase at the wholesale price.
Listen to “The Meadow Song and Dance”
Love Those Letters (2010)
OUT OF PRINT. The “Love Those Letters” set is an alphabet recognition tool designed to reach all learners and to strengthen the home–school connection with an alphabet book, a DVD, CD. Published in 2010 by Family Reading Partnership.
At Home with Books
En casa con libros (2007/2016)
Embedded in this comforting tale are messages to families about how to make the read-aloud experience more meaningful to children. The book’s simple text tells about Brother Bear and Sister Bear hearing book after book read aloud to them by family and friends. Many details in the illustrations and the “stories within the story” that the Bear Family read make the book engaging for the youngest listeners to emergent readers. Read-aloud activities in the back of the book extend the story. (8 ½” x 11”)
Purchase through Family Reading Partnership.
Listen to “At Home with Books” read by Katrina Morse! Or listen to “En Casa con Libros” read in Spanish.
Portfolio of illustrations
You can see a portfolio of some of my illustrations on the website for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.org).
Some characters are already featured in my children’s books. Others are waiting to jump into a story! I have created illustrations for Cornell University Department of Human Development, the LUND organization based in Burlington, VT, and the Cancer Resource Center in Ithaca, NY.
Looking for an illustrator for your project or book? Contact me to talk over your ideas.
Interview with Katrina
Question: Where do your ideas come from?
I love colors, so any excuse to put colors together thrills me–combining bright colors of clothes to wear, using paint on canvas and in illustration, arranging flowering plants in the garden, making little still lives on shelves in my home… I respond to all things visual.
I also love thinking “what if…” What if my cat went out on the town and came back wearing black hip boots and brought an anchovy pizza for us to share? What if my backyard sparrow made a nest on the tippy top of the mast of the ship and went on a high seas adventure? There are so many “what ifs.”
The thrill of being an illustrator is that I can imagine characters, their colorful lives, and give them form. I start with the flat surface of a piece of paper, add line, and then a personality emerges. It feels like magic every time! From blank page to full and rich idea. The final thrill is sharing that with others and introducing children (and grown-ups) to ways they can use their own imaginations.