Thyra Heder is an writer and illustrator of picture books for children and a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for film, television, fashion and architecture. In 2015 she was a Sundance Screenwriting Fellow and awarded the San Francisco Film Society Hearst Grant along with director, Brent Green. Her three picture books, Fraidyzoo, The Bear Report and Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared), are published with Abrams Books for Young Readers and have each received starred Kirkus reviews. Fraidyzoo and Alfie were ALA Notable Books and Alfie was awarded an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor by the Association of Booksellers for Children. She was born and raised in Cambridge, MA in a family of artists, and graduated from Brown University with a BA in Art Semiotics. She now lives and works in Brooklyn with her dog, Toby.