Born: April 1, 1963
Meet the author: https://tadhills.com/
“Hills was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts in a creative household. His grandmother was an accomplished artist—together, she and Hills created paintings, drawings, and books. His mother, a 4th-grade science teacher, inspired his love of nature by frequently bringing home animals (including raccoons, owls, and other wild creatures). “I come from a long line of engineers on both sides, so my interest in making things almost feels like it could be genetic,” Hills has said.
Hills graduated with a degree in Art from Skidmore College in New York. He states, however, that his greatest educational experience has been raising his children: “Spending time with my kids helps me remember what it’s like to be a child. I try to capture that innocence and enthusiastic vision of the world in my books. I want kids to see themselves in my characters”.
Hills has dabbled in many arts, including acting, jewelry-making, and interior designing. He began illustrating picture books in the late 90s when his wife, Lee Wade, was the VP and creative director for Simon & Schuster’s children’s book division: “Lee used to ask me to try illustrating some books she couldn’t find an illustrator for,” he said. Hills published the first book in his breakout Duck & Goose series in 2006, when Wade and friend Anne Schwartz began Schwartz & Wade Books (a Random House imprint).
Books by Tad Hills: https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/tad-hills/226253/
The Rocket Books https://tadhills.com/rocket
Duck and Goose Books https://tadhills.com/duck-goose-books
Other books https://tadhills.com/other-books
Contact Tad Hills: https://tadhills.com/about/contact