From at least the age of six Jackie Morris wanted to be an artist. As a child she watched her father draw a picture of a lapwing, making a bird appear on a piece of paper using only a pencil. There and then she decided to learn how to conjure birds from paper and colour.
After college Jackie worked as an illustrator for books and magazines such as The New Statesman, New Socialist, Independent, Guardian and Radio Times. She designed cards and calendars for Greenpeace and Amnesty International.
She moved to Wales just before starting work on illustrations for her first children's book, Jo's Storm by Caroline Pitcher, which was published in 1994. She has lived in the same place ever since, “a small cottage held together by spider's webs”. She continued to illustrate other people’s works, among them How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes (2008). Nowadays she concentrates on illustrating books she has written herself such as The Ice Bear (2010) and The Snow Leopard (2007). Song of the Golden Hare was published in 2013.