Janet Ahlberg

Janet Ahlberg

  • 5 stars across 21 books
Janet Ahlberg Biography
Janet Hall was born 21st October 1944 in Yorkshire and brought up in Leicester. Janet met her husband, Allan, while enrolled in a teacher training course at Sunderland Technical College and they married in 1969.
They worked together for 20 years until Janet died in 1994. Allan wrote the books while Janet illustrated them.
The Ahlbergs produced many popular books for a range of ages. Some were aimed at babies and toddlers like Peepo! And The Baby’s Catalogue. For older children, they wrote many books including Burglar Bill, Cops and Robbers and the Funnybones series.
Janet Ahlberg Facts
Janet and her husband had a daughter, Jessica, who inspired The Baby’s Catalogue.
Janet won two Kate Greenaway Medals for illustration including the 1978 winner Each Peach Pear Plum was named one of the top ten winning works for the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005).
Our favourite Janet Ahlberg book characters
Big skeleton, little skeleton and dog skeleton -  from the Funny Bones series
Our favourite Janet Ahlberg Book Quotes
Here’s a little baby, One, two, three, Sits in his high chair What does he see? (Peepo!)
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

(170 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

(65 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
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
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

(13 reviews) Review
4th July 2013

The Baby's Catalogue

Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic picture book, The Baby's CatalogueThe bestselling picture book The Baby's Catalogue by... MoreThe Baby's Catalogue

(8 reviews) Review
30th July 1998

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

A small boy who has been kidnapped by brigands, passes a dark and stormy night in their cave weaving for them incredible... MoreIt Was a Dark and Stormy Night

(7 reviews) Review
28th September 2017

Funnybones: The Collection

Penguin presents Funny Bones: The Collection by Allan Ahlberg, read by Stephen Mangan. An audio collection of the perenn... MoreFunnybones: The Collection

(3 reviews) Review
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