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Clement Hurd

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Clement G. Hurd (January 12, 1908 – February 5, 1988) was an American artist. He is known for illustrations of children's picture books, especially collaborations with writer Margaret Wise Brown including Goodnight Moon (1947) and The Runaway Bunny (1942). Hurd was born in New York City to Richard Melancthon Hurd, an economist and mortgage banker, and Lucy Gazzam Hurd. He was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, then studied architecture  at Yale University and painting with Fernand Léger in Paris. Hurd returned to New York in 1933 to work as a commercial artist. There Margaret Wise Brown was an editor at W. R. Scott, as well as a writer of picture book texts. On seeing two of his paintings, she asked him if he would consider illustrating children's books. She wrote a text herself, for what became Bumble Bugs and Elephants (1938) —"perhaps the first modern board book for babies." Hurd's next collaboration with Brown, The Runaway Bunny, has been in print continuoulsy since its 1942 publication. Their next book, Goodnight Moon (1947), is considered classic children's literature in North America; by 1990, the total number of copies sold was more than 4 million. In 2007, the National Education Association named Goodnight Moon one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". In 2012 it was ranked number four among the "Top 100 Picture Books" in a survey published by School Library Journal. Hurd also illustrated over fifty books written by his wife Edith Thacher Hurd (a friend of Brown's) as well as a children's book written by Gertrude Stein, The World Is Round. Hurd wrote and illustrated the book Run, Run, Run. Hurd died of Alzheimer's disease at a San Francisco hospital in 1988.

Goodnight Moon Board Book Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
$8.09
ISBN: 9780694003617
Availability: Often on our shelves, but if we're temporarily out, we can get back in!
Published: HarperFestival - January 23rd, 2007

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.


The Runaway Bunny Board Book Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
$8.09
ISBN: 9780061074295
Availability: Often on our shelves, but if we're temporarily out, we can get back in!
Published: HarperFestival - January 24th, 2017

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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon, in a sturdy board book edition, perfect for little hands.


Goodnight Moon ABC Board Book: An Alphabet Book Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
This is a special order. Please contact the store for info: flyingpigorders@gmail.com.
ISBN: 9780061894909
Availability: Special Order
Published: Festival - July 27th, 2010

From kittens to stars to yarn, there are so many things that can be found in the great green room. Search for them all as you learn your ABCs.

This comforting alphabet book links words and phrases with familiar images from everyone's favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon.


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