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 Brown was an editor at Young Scott Books, 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".
He also illustrated a number of 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. He also wrote and illustrated the book Run, Run, Run.
His son Thacher Hurd is also a children's book author and illustrator, and referred in an interview to the "wonderful aura of creativity" surrounding his father and the Vermont farm that was their home.
Hurd died of Alzheimer's disease at a San Francisco hospital in 1988.
- Bumble Bugs and Elephants (1938), words by Margaret Wise Brown, editor
- The World Is Round (New York: W. R. Scott, 1939), written by Gertrude Stein, OCLC 10175454
- The Runaway Bunny (1942), Margaret Wise Brown
- Goodnight Moon (1947), Brown
- Last One Home is a Green Pig (1959), Edith Thacher Hurd
- Run Run Run: Story of Black Cat and Dog (Harper, 1951), self-illustrated, OCLC 1412335
- Silvey, Anita (2002). The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 214. ISBN 9780547348896.
- The New York Red Book. Williams Press. 1916. p. 65.
- Leonard S. Marcus (1997). "Meet Clement Hurd". Enter the World of Margaret Wise Brown. HarperCollins Children's. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
Apparently citing Marcus's book, Dear Genius, The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom.
- McDowell, Edwin (February 10, 1988). "Clement G. Hurd, 80, Illustrator Of Many Children's Books, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Wyatt, Edward (November 17, 2005). "'Goodnight Moon', Smokeless Version". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-26.