Thomas Locker

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Thomas Locker teaching at Shimer College.

Thomas Locker (1937 - March 9, 2012) was an American author and painter.[1] He was born in New York City and died in Albany, NY[2]

Thomas Locker wrote many popular illustrated books for children & young adults. He also illustrated books for other popular writers such as Jean Craighead George. He once worked at Camp Catawba, a summer camp for boys.

Prior to taking up art and writing full-time, Locker taught at Franklin College and later at Shimer College.[3]

Partial list of books[edit]

  • Water Dance
  • Sky Tree
  • Where the River Begins (Picture Puffins)
  • Cloud Dance
  • The Mare on the Hill (Picture Puffins)
  • The Boy Who Held Back the Sea
  • Home: A Journey through America
  • Family Farm (Picture Puffins)
  • Sailing with the Wind
  • The Young Artist (Picture Puffins)
  • To Climb a Waterfall
  • Catskill Eagle
  • Mountain Dance
  • Walking With Henry: Based on the Life and Works of Henry David Thoreau
  • John Muir: America's Naturalist
  • Anna and the Bagpiper
  • Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder
  • The Land of Gray Wolf
  • Miranda's Smile
  • Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle
  • In Blue Mountains: An Artist's Return to America's First…
  • Snow Toward Evening: A Year in a River Valley : Nature Poems Selected by…
  • Hudson: The Story of a River
  • The Ice Horse
  • Thomas Locker; the new American realism
  • Thomas Locker : American landscapes : [exhibition] September 16-October 4,…
  • The man who paints nature
  • Rip vanWinkle
  • American Landscapes


  1. ^ "The Life and Work of Thomas Locker". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Thomas Locker". Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  3. ^ Catskill Mountain Foundation (2000-08). "Galleries". Retrieved 2012-10-02.  Check date values in: |date= (help)