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Tad Hills


Tad Hills grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts, with a love of wildlife and nature. Surrounding his childhood home were many acres of fields and forests where he and his brother and sister would explore, build forts out of sticks and hay, and pick blueberries and grapes. His mother taught 4th-grade science for the Audubon society and often brought home animals.

Tad’s interest in art drew him to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he studied painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, creative writing, and poetry, but his greatest education came with the arrival of his children.

Tad is the author and illustrator of the very popular "Rocket" books, including How Rocket Learned to Read , and the "Duck & Goose" books. His is the winner of numerous awards such as New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Time Magazine Best Children's Books of the Year and ALA Notable Children’s Book.

Find books by Tad at Live Oak Libraries.

Watch a video about the book How Rocket Learned to Read or learn about the iPad app.