I’m Alice Ratterree, illustrator for young audiences based in Greenville, South Carolina. I began my career in music, as a classically trained singer working in operatic, concert and oratorio venues.

So what does that have to do with children’s book illustration?

I love a good story. A story that moves us towards a common perspective. Whether that is through music or words or a picture, my passion is to bring a story to life for any audience, particularly children (which really means all of us, right?) I love directing emotion, creating costumes, dreaming and building a world….and the knowledge that the possibilities are endless.

I have two wonderful children who keep me connected to my inner child. When I’ve sufficiently gathered wisdom from them, I can be usually be found with watercolors, pencil and paper, or with my tablet in front of Photoshop, and of course always have chocolate always within reach.

For professional inquiries:
Marietta B. Zacker
Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency


To say hello to Alice:
Alice Ratterree


Alice’s work has appeared in the children’s book publishing market, magazines, newspapers, numerous , hospitals and schools, and even in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol. A specialist in graphic illustration, Alice has been a designer for Great Arrow Graphics greeting cards, though which her designs have been both nominated for and received the prestigious Louie Award. Other clients have included Boston University, Clemson University and The South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

Also an accomplished classically trained singer, Alice has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops, Emmanuel Music (Boston’s leading presenter of Bach cantatas), Asheville Lyric Opera and Brevard Music Center, and has been awarded several honors in voice competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and the American Traditions Competition with the Savannah Music Festival.

You can keep up with Alice on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.


  • Wow! As if I wasn’t already impressed by everything that you do. You’re awesome!

  • Alice,
    I so admire your work, especially your award winning entry for SCBWI.
    I have written three children`s books published by Legacy Publications in Greensboro NC
    I live in Charleston and am currently searching for an illustrator for my new book. It`s a Charleston Christmas story. Since Legacy is a small publishing com. , I can have an input in the illustrator selection.
    You sound like a very busy lady , but I would love to send you a copy of the manuscript to see if you`d be interested. The royalties at Legacy are slim, so I would consider paying for the illustrations up front.
    Congratulations on your award. I think your illustration should have received first place!
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Julie McLaughlin

  • I love your work – especially the Book Balloon. Really magical. I love how it is currently being featured on Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC, which is also magical. Thanks for sharing with everyone. I just did not realize you lived in Greenville.

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