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ZoŽ and I will visit four local bookshops in December.
Check out the dates in the Events tab above.
Here are some new books for the Holidays!

Thanks for stopping by.

Iím an author and illustrator of books for children:

picture books, board books, chapter books,
book jackets, posters and educational materials,
just about any project designed for children.

I also like to travel to schools and conferences and talk about making books for children.

For the last almost twenty years,
Iíve been illustrating Michael Bondís wonderful PADDINGTON BEAR books.

And, recently, Iíve collaborated with my wife, the lovely author ZoŽ B. Alley,
to illustrate her two marvelous, gigantic, comic/​graphic picture books:

I canít think of a better job!

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?


These two picture books follow the adventures of a puppy named Enzo, and are based on the NY Times best-selling novel, "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.
* Junior Library Guild Selection, 2013
Following in the tradition of BECAUSE YOUR MOMMY LOVES YOU and BECAUSE YOUR DADDY LOVES YOU," * a Bank Street Children's Book of the Year, 2006
* a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, 2013
"Upbeat, independent, and creative, Lily makes a very likable heroine..." - Booklist Online. Companion title to VALENTINE SURPRISE, 2007.
ďMarvelous for anyone with a wry sense of humor, [a book that] deserves a place in every library.Ē óSchool Library Journal, STARRED * Junior Library Guild selection, 2010
"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 * A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year * A School Library Journal Online Best Graphic Novel
Check out the classroom adventures of best friends Pearl and Wagner in this award-winning series of five titles. PEARL AND WAGNER: ONE FUNNY DAY, a Theodor Suess Geisel Honor Book for 2010
"Outstanding fare for young armchair Sherlocks." - Booklist, STARRED * Junior Library Guild Selections
ďThe humor is right on target for beginning readers." - School Library Journal * * Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, 2010
This new educational reading series offers a picture book for each letter of the alphabet.
Best-selling self-help series for adults and children.