(1938 - )
Allan Ahlberg was born in England in 1938. He was adopted into a family in Oldbury in the West Midlands. As a child he loved to read. He finished school at age seventeen. After a series of jobs, culminating in grave-digging, he became an elementary school teacher when he was twenty-two. He met his first wife, the artist Janet Hall at a teacher training college. Their first book, “The Brick Street Boys” was published in 1975. He has written more than 140 books many with other illustrators, including his daugher Jessica.