Edith Thacher Hurd

Edith Thacher Hurd (September 14, 1910 – January 25, 1997) was an American writer of children's books. She published 70 books in her lifetime,[4] fifty of them illustrated by her husband, Clement Hurd.

Edith Thacher Hurd
BornEdith Thacher
(1910-09-14)September 14, 1910[lower-alpha 1]
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJanuary 25, 1997(1997-01-25) (aged 86)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
EducationRadcliffe College
Bank Street College of Education
Years active1938–1983
Clement Hurd
(m. 1939; died 1988)
ChildrenJohn Thacher Hurd


Edith Thacher was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1910 to John Hamilton Thacher and Edith Gilman Thacher. She had one older brother, John Jr., and one younger brother, Nicholas, who served as the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1970 to 1973.[3]

She attended Radcliffe College and the Bank Street College of Education, where she first met Clement Hurd and Margaret Wise Brown. She taught for four years at New York's Dalton School, and during World War II worked as a news analyst at the United States Office of War Information in San Francisco. Thacher and Hurd married in 1939, collaborated on over fifty books, and had a son, Thacher Hurd.[5] Hurd also co-wrote with Brown, under the pseudonym "Juniper Sage."[6]

She died on January 25, 1997 in Walnut Creek, California, aged 86.[5]

Hurd's work, as well as that of her husband and son, was featured at several museums in the traveling exhibition "From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog: The World of Clement, Edith and Thacher Hurd."[7][8][9]

Selected works


  1. Some sources state Edith Thacher's date of birth to be September 13, 1910.[1] Others,[2] including her brother,[3] cite September 14, 1910.


  1. "Edith Thacher Hurd". Bookology Magazine. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. 2002.
  3. Johnson, Niel M. (May 28, 1992). "Oral History Interview with Nicholas G. Thacher". Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  4. Saxon, Wolfgang. "William Rufus Scott, 86, Pioneer In Children's Book Publishing," New York Times (July 25, 1997).
  5. Saxon, Wolfgang (January 28, 1997). "Edith Hurd, 86, Who Introduced The Planet to Young Readers". New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  6. Catalog record for Juniper Sage at the United States Library of Congress
  7. "Exhibit Brings 'Goodnight Moon' to Life". Washington Post. Associated Press. April 24, 2006. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  8. Kusnetz, Ilyse (August 26, 2004). "The Art Of Picture Books". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  9. Van Gelder, Lawrence (July 29, 2003). "Arts Briefing". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
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