Authors and Illustrators: Janet and Allan Ahlberg

 As far as I can remember, my daughter and I have always had a 

Janet and Allan Ahlberg book laying around the house, 

with its colourful, beautifully illustrated cover and curled, oft-read pages.

The talented couple met in the 60s when they trained as 

teachers. They fell in love and were later married.

In the early 70s Allan became a primary school teacher 

and Janet began illustrating books. She'd asked Allan 

if he'd collaborate with her on what would be one of 

their first publications;  Brick Street Boys (1975).

They went on to create Burglar Bill, Jeremiah in the Dark 

Woods, whose full name 'Jeremiah Obadiah Jackanory Jones', 

still runs through my mind whenever I come across a copy,

 and Each Peach Pear Plum, which became my daughter's favourite.

Funny Bones was definitely one of mine. I still have my copy.

After years of hard work and finding a place in the hearts of 

adults and children alike, they received the heartbreaking news 

that Janet had breast cancer. She sadly passed away at the age of 50.

Their daughter, Jessica was just 15 at the time, and now follows in her 

mother's footsteps as a talented illustrator.  She worked on two 

publications with her father before going on to create 

picture books with other authors. 

Allan continued work as a writer, creating many wonderful 

books, which include The Improbable Cat and My Brother's Ghost. 

Allan and Jessica's last known collaboration was in 2012, when 

they worked on a re-imagined movable picture book: Goldilocks.

As well as Funny Bones, my personal favourites are 

My Brother's Ghost (pictured above) and Which Witch.

The works of this creative and talented family are recognised 

the world over and have won many awards for both word and illustration.

Favourite Finds: Witches and Tarot and Spells, Oh My!

There are many books which fill me with that wonderful 
surge of excitement when I first set my eyes upon them, 
but none fill me with quite the same joy as a 
book on witchcraft, spells or tarot.

Today I thought I'd share a few of my favourites.

Throughout this post, each title is a link which will open in a 
new window and direct you to shops/sites where you 
can find copies for your own bookshelves.


My Tarot Deck - The Wild Unknown 

I have a vast collection on my own shelves, which get taken 
down, thumbed through and put to use from time to time...

This will help you to enchant new love into your life, 
change your fortune or manifest your dreams, 
while banishing all forms of negativity.

A beautiful tome which will encourage you to 
forage for the ingredients you need for its natural magic.

It contains a plethora of spells and enchantments 
to use in all walks of life.  It teaches how to write 
your own spells and learn more
 about a Wiccan religion.

I adore this delectable cover and its inner pages which teach
magical potions and spells.

Nothing beats a vintage book, for me and I'm forever intrigued
by other people's beliefs and rituals.

Another favourite, this is beautiful both 
inside and out, much like the gentleman who gave it to me.

He always seems to know the exact gift to give.

An important book for all, we must always learn what helps us to relax,
and find ways to pamper and soothe both body and spirit.


I hope you've enjoyed your little wander along my bookshelves,
and that I've encouraged you to delve into a little magic of your own.

Have a wonderful day, whatever you decide to do.