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Edith Thacher Hurd
Born Edith Thacher
(1910-09-14)September 14, 1910
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died January 25, 1997(1997-01-25) (aged 86)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Education Radcliffe College
Bank Street College of Education
Years active 1938–1983
(m. 1939; died 1988)
Children John 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, fifty of them illustrated by her husband, Clement 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.

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, John Thacher Hurd. Hurd also co-wrote with Brown, under the pseudonym "Juniper Sage."

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

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."

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