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Allan Ahlberg - Author

About the Author

As a child
Allan was born in Croydon, but grew up in Oldbury in the Black Country. He says that if he hadn't grown up to be a writer, he would have loved to have been a soccer player.

As an adult
Allan always dreamed of being a writer, but tried his hand at many other jobs before he achieved his ambition. He was a postman, grave-digger, plumber's mate and teacher - it was teaching that gave him such sharp insights into the minds of children, and enabled him to write his perfectly observed poetry about primary school life

As an artist
Allan has collaborated with many illustrators, including Andre Amstutz, Gillian Tyler and Katharine McEwen, as well as his late wife, Janet Ahlberg (nee Hall) and his daughter Jessica Ahlberg. He has won numerous awards for his books including, the Kurt Maschler Award in 1986, The Children's Book Award in 1987, the Blue Peter Book Award 2001, and The Children's Book Award: Books for Young Children award 2002.

You can see Allan reading from Peepo! in this video:

Featured books by Allan Ahlberg

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

Baby's Big Box of Little Books

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

Janet Ahlberg's iconic illustrations present a vast array of baby paraphernalia that should be instantly recognisable and absorbing to a young child. The liberal sprinkling of wit and charm will appeal to every adult too! From Janet and Allan Ahlberg, the creators of Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman among numerous others and adapted from their classic picture book, The Baby's Catalogue, this little collection is perfect for babies at any and all times of their busy day for the box contains a number of board books for little hands covering Mornings, Night-times, Toys, Baby, Games, Family, Inside, Outside and Pets.  

Mr Biff the Boxer

Mr Biff the Boxer

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

This is a brand new, bigger, edition of an Ahlberg Happy Families classic.  

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Other books by Allan Ahlberg

Funnybones book with mix-and-match puzzle

Funnybones book with mix-and-match puzzle

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Undefined Release Date: 17/09/2019

On a dark dark hill There is a dark dark house And in that dark dark house live... The Big Skeleton, the Little Skeleton and the Dog Skeleton. Or is it the Big-Elephant Skeleton, the Little-Fish Skeleton and the Dog-Snake Skeleton? You decide with this brilliant mix-and-match puzzle along with the classic Funnybones tale. Match up the Big Skeleton's head with an elephant's body, or an elephant's head with the Big Skeleton, or whatever combination you like! Made from sturdy board perfect for little hands, this is a fantastic gift set featuring a timeless classic.

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

Once, many years ago, there was a baby, in his pram, with his sisters and their sandwiches and lemonade and toys . . . A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.

Bye Bye Baby A Sad Story with a Happy Ending

Bye Bye Baby A Sad Story with a Happy Ending

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

This is a sad story- but it has a very happy ending. Once, there was a baby with no mummy- but he wanted a mummy very much. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, he set off to find one. Along the way he met lots of new friends, none of whom could be his mummy but wanted to help him find one. When they met a lady with a pram and no baby, the baby finally found his mummy- there was just one more thing he needed- a daddy! A beautiful story about finding your family, it can be used to talk about adoption, fostering and changing families. This Janet and Allan Ahlberg classic is a must for every bookshelf.

Baby on Board

Baby on Board

3+ readers

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A lyrical and epic story about a baby and a trio of toys, and their adventure on the high seas. Beautifully told by master storyteller Allan Ahlberg and stunningly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark in their first standalone picture-book collaboration.

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The fourth of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. In this thrilling, thunderous (and extra-long) Gaskitt story, Mrs Gaskitt finds a parcel, Mr Gaskitt loses a baby, Horace has mixed feelings about a bird, and the twins' teacher, Mrs Fritter, is - ooer! - not herself. Why? How? When? Why? (again). The children smell a rat!

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The third book of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. Welcome to the latest grand and gripping Gaskitt story, in which Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt hardly ever gets out of bed and something dreadful happens to Horace! (Also starring: a brainy rat named Randolph; a barking pram; and a considerable number of penguins.) What more do you want?

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