|This is the house where Jack lives by Joan Heilbroner, illustrated by Aliki|
Aliki Liacouras Branderberg was born on September 3, 1929 in Wildhwood Crest (New Jersey). She’s an author and an illustrator of children’s books. Her parents were originally from Greece and taught her to speak Greek as a first language. Aliki spent her childhood in Philadelphia where she showed interest in drawing, so her parents enrolled her in art classes. All through school, she drew constantly and attended the Philadelphia Museum College Of Art after High School.
In 1951, Aliki was graduated from The Philadelphia Museum School Of Art and spent a year in New-York City working in display department of the J.C Penney Company.
Following this experience, she moved back to Philadelphia where she worked as a freelance artist in advertising art and display, painted murals, had a greeting card company and taught art ans ceramics .
In 1956, she went abroad, sketching and painting, especially in Greece and in Italy and continued her trip through Europe. This will have a great impact, she met Franz in Switzerland with whom she married a year later and with whom she had three children. The two settled down in Switzerland and Aliki wrote her first book about a Swiss legendary : the Story of William Tell.
Aliki and her husband moved to New York where she has illustrated books she wrote but also books of other authors, including her husband. Although she has illustrated books on many subjects, her Greek heritage is also a recurring theme in her works.
Since 1977, Aliki and her family reside in London where she continues to write and illustrate children's books. She remains popular among preschool and grade school readers and in 1991,was honored with the with the Pennsylvania School Librarians’ Association Award.