Born in Los Angeles, Richard Torrey began his career as the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strips Hartland and Pete and Clete.
Today, Mr. Torrey is an award winning author and illustrator of 15 books, including Ally-saurus & the First Day of School (Sterling), My Dog, Bob (Holiday House), and the three-book series Almost, Why? and Because (HarperCollins).
His books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. Among his awards, Richard has received the Booklist Editor’s Choice award, an ALA Editor’s Choice award, a Junior Library Guild Award, a Children’s Choice Award, and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year,” as well an Outstanding Merit award by Bank Street’s Children’s Book Committee.
Along with his own books, Richard has illustrated dozens of books for Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic and has created a successful line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. He also worked with Disney on the development of an animated children's series for their preschool division, Playhouse Disney.
Richard is also a highly acclaimed speaker, known for his educational, inspirational, and entertaining presentations. Finally, for the better half of three decades, he has taught classes at the Art League of Long Island.
The son of Hockey Hall of Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard and his wife, Sue, live in Shoreham, NY, and are the proud parents of two grown children.
SELECT AWARDS 🏅
“Because” – Literacy Association Children’s Choice Award
“My Dog, Bob” Kirkus starred review, Booklist starred review, ALA Editor’s Choice Award, Junior Library Guild Award, Booklist Editors Choice Award
Booklist Editor’s Choice award, an ALA Editor’s Choice award, a Junior Library Guild Award, a Children’s Choice Award, and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year,” as well an Outstanding Merit awarded by Bank Street’s Children’s Book Committee.
Kid City Magazine
King Features Syndicate
Recycled Paper Greetings
Saturday Evening Post
Simon & Schuster
The Hockey News