Meet the Illustrator

Alan Tiegreen

Portrait of Alan Tiegreen

Alan Tiegreen was born in Boise, Idaho. "I was quite young at the time," he says, "so I don't remember the event itself." The family lived at the edge of town, where there were "a few coyotes, snakes and assorted characters like that." When he was eight, his dad was transferred by the government. The family moved to several different states over the next few years.

Both music and art interested Alan Tiegreen as he was growing up. By the time he was ready for college, though, he had decided to focus on art. He also studied illustration. Later, he fell in love with the books he and his wife bought for their children, and he began to illustrate children's books. His books have won many honors and awards. He paints, too, and his works are shown in many places.

  • Alan Tiegreen and a former student, Nena Allen, created a huge mural for a building in Atlanta, Georgia. The mural is 112 feet long and 14 feet tall!
  • This illustrator and his wife enjoy traveling. He says that his wife "likes some of the things I make — like the fish and frog pond, and the patio and stuff like that."

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Other Books Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen

  • Ramona and Her Father
    (written by Beverly Cleary)
  • Ramona and Her Mother
    (written by Beverly Cleary)
  • Ramona Forever
    (written by Beverly Cleary)
  • Ramona the Brave
    (written by Beverly Cleary)
  • All Dads on Deck
    (written by Judy Delton)
  • Computer Clues
    (written by Judy Delton)
  • Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes
    (written by Joanna Cole)
  • Miss Mary Mack and Other Children's Street Rhymes
    (written by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson)
  • Pedal Power
    (written by Judy Delton)