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Thacher Hurd

Current Home: Berkeley, United States of America

Thacher Hurd

The son of author Edith Thacher Hurd and illustrator Clement Hurd, Thacher Hurd was almost destined for a career in children's books. Born in 1949, Hurd grew up in rural Vermont surrounded by the books his parents created together and with others. His entry into the profession came when he was 16 and wrote Little Dog Dreaming with his mother; his father illustrated it. Hurd then went on to study at the University of California at Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts, receiving his BFA in 1972. Working as a builder, designer, and cabinetmaker after graduation, Hurd set his sights on being a “serious” artist. Still lifes, landscapes, and figure drawing held little magic for him, however, and soon he gave in and began writing and illustrating his own picture books.

Since 1978, Hurd has written and illustrated more than 15 books for children, and has illustrated books by other authors, as well. Hurd plays the piano, guitar, and trombone, and music fans will find his books full of rhythm and musical images — his own band, The New Tokaloma Swamp Band, even made it into the award-winning Mama Don't Allow, a book based on the jazz song of the same name.

Together with his wife, Olivia Hurd, Thacher Hurd founded Peaceable Kingdom Press, a publisher of greeting cards featuring illustrations from children's books. The Hurds have two children and live in Berkeley, California.