children's book illustrator / author

New NEWS post

New England SCBWI 2014
February 10, 2014

February 9, 2014

New BLOG post

Nutcrackers in February
February 8, 2014

NE SCBWI 2014 Spring Conference

Springfield, Massachusetts

Presenting two workshops on May 4th:

The Picture Book Dummy for Smart Illustrators AND Authors


Gesture and Emotion for Illustrators -- and the Characters They Draw



Thanks for stopping by...

I'm an illustrator and author of books for children:
picture books, board books, chapter books, books with flaps and folds and even books with wheels.

I also illustrate stories in magazines, individual book jackets, posters, packaging, educational materials and just about any project designed for children.

In addition, I enjoy travelling to schools, libraries, book festivals and professional conferences to talk about making books and illustrations.

I canít think of a better job!

Please take a look around these pages.

Check out my Blog page for thoughts on children's books in general and illustration in particular or my News page for my latest books, shows and visits.
Check out my studio to see where the pictures come from.

Send me an email if something grabs your attention.

For several years, Iíve been illustrating the Paddington Bear books.

Thatís a lot of fun!

Recently, Iíve collaborated with my wife, the lovely ZoŽ B. Alley, illustrating her two marvelous, gigantic, comic panel picture books:



More fun!

Please note: All artwork displayed on this website is copyrighted, either by me (R. W. Alley) or by its publisher, and cannot be used or reprinted without written permission. Please contact me if you'd like to make a request for use. Seems fair, right?


Updated October 3, 2013.
"Fine for reading aloud, this sympathetic picture book will leave many children wishing for their own version of Dadurday." - Booklist
"Clements and Alley reunite to produce a strong companion title to Because Your Daddy Loves You." - Kirkus Reviews
"As this sympathetic and celebratory book makes clear, endearingly childish fathers are good for more than just goofy fun." - New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Upbeat, independent, and creative, Lily makes a very likable heroine..." - Booklist Online
ďMarvelous for anyone with a wry sense of humor, There's A Princess in the Palace deserves a place in every library.Ē óSchool Library Journal, STARRED
"This is a giggly read-aloud as well as a snortingly funny read-alone. Hand it to the transitional or reluctant reader, and listen for the laughs." -Booklist, STARRED
Check out the classroom adventures of best friends Pearl and Wagner in this award-winning series of five titles.
"Outstanding fare for young armchair Sherlocks." - Booklist, STARRED
ďThe humor is right on target for beginning readers." - School Library Journal
This new educational reading series offers a picture book for each letter of the alphabet. - Teachers' Choice Award 2011 for Children's Books - Teachers' Choice Award 2012 for the Family - Reading Rainbow Selection
Best-selling self-help series for adults and children.