Nancy Tafuri is probably best known as the creator of Have You Seen My Duckling? a 1985 Caldecott Honor Book. Tafuri has authored more than 50 books over 30 years for the very young. Tafuri entered the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1964. Her first job was as an assistant art director for the publishing firm Simon & Schuster. She left two years later and married Thomas Tafuri, a fellow student at the School of Visual Arts. The Tafuri’s opened their own graphic design studio, in 1971. Their primary product was dust jackets for hardcover books. They opened their business in New York City, but eventually moved their studio and home to Connecticut. At this time, Nancy was able to devote all of her time to writing and illustration.When Tafuri finally found herself illustrating children’s books, either her own or other authors’, she felt she had found her life’s calling and a strong sense of joy from creating them.
She continues to live and work in Roxbury, Connecticut. www.nancytafuri.com