Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

  • 5 stars across 126 books
Allan Ahlberg Biography
Allan Ahlberg was born on 5th June 1938 in Croydon. Allan and his wife, Janet Ahlberg, worked together for 20 years creating many children's books, including picture books, before Janet passed away in 1994. Allan wrote the stories while Janet illustrated them. 
Allan has published over 100 children's books and has won awards for his picture books including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman - both of which were winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Allan latest release, Funny Bones: The Collection, is an audio collection of the perennially popular Funnybones series. 
Allan Ahlberg Facts
Allan previously worked as a primary school teacher for 10 years. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction.
Ahlberg lives in Bath with his second wife, Vanessa and has a daughter and two step-daughters.
Our favourite Allan Ahlberg Book Characters
Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton -  from the Funny Bones series 
The Jolly Postman – from The Jolly Postman
Our favourite Allan Ahlberg Book Quotes
"In this book, With your little eye, Take a look, And play ‘I spy’" (Each Peach Pear Plum)
“Once upon a Christmas Eve, Just after it had snowed, The Jolly Postman (him again!) Came down the jolly road; And in the bag upon his back An…interesting load.” (The Jolly Christmas Postman)
2nd October 2008

Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahl... MoreEach Peach Pear Plum

(167 reviews) Review
2nd October 2014

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Discover the magical Christmas story that has delighted children for generations!The Jolly Postman has a busy day ahead.... MoreThe Jolly Christmas Postman

(66 reviews) Review
30th September 1999

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

Join the Jolly Postman as he delivers letters in fairy-tale land in this fun, interactive story book!The Jolly Postman i... MoreThe Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

(63 reviews) Review
24th September 2015


This is the first book in the FUNNYBONES series and introduces the skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a d... MoreFunnybones

(52 reviews) Review
25th January 1979

Burglar Bill

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that? ... MoreBurglar Bill

(28 reviews) Review
29th May 1997

Peepo! (Board Book)

PEEPO! has become a classic for babies and toddlers. It follows a baby through the day in a style full of wit, charm and... MorePeepo! (Board Book)

(27 reviews) Review
7th April 2011


40 years of Peepo!Peepo! is the much-loved picture book classic by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.Peepo! is a modern classic th... MorePeepo!

(20 reviews) Review
6th June 2013

Mrs Wobble the Waitress

A brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic.Mrs Wobble LOVES her job as a waitress but, oh dear, t... MoreMrs Wobble the Waitress

(19 reviews) Review
30th September 1999

Cops and Robbers

This is a new Puffin edition of Allan Ahlberg's best-selling Cops and Robbers classic picture book, with a brand new cov... MoreCops and Robbers

(17 reviews) Review
4th July 2013

Starting School: The timeless picture book for new school starters

Are you starting school? How exciting!Following a number of children's first experiences, this picture book takes childr... MoreStarting School: The timeless picture book for new school starters

(14 reviews) Review
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