About Alicia


Alicia Schwab writes and illustrates children’s books. A large influence on her stories stems from growing up in the lush wooded hills of southern Wisconsin, building forts with her siblings and drawing with her older brother. She holds a BFA in art and design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and began her career by co-founding a graphic design firm in Hannover, Germany. Now she lives in Minnesota with her adventurous husband, daughter, and their dog.

Alicia illustrated the books: The Mukluk Ball (picture book); Great Group Skits (for teens); and Good Grief/Pet Loss (for adults); a book for St. Catherine’s University. And in her free time, Alicia is the Illustrator Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for SCBWI Minnesota where she launched and facilitates the Postcard Gallery and the annual Banner Contest.

Additional items Alicia has illustrated for:

  • Books

  • Books in German

  • A pop-up book

  • A cereal box

  • Instant potato packaging

  • Business newsletters

  • Newspapers, brochures and magazines


THE MUKLUK BALL: December Midwest Connections Picks —Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

THE MUKLUK BALL: Top 10 Picture Books Guide—Star Tribune

THE MUKLUK BALL: Teachable Moments for Young Readers "Put this “up north” picture book at the top of your Christmas gift list…There’s lots of hugging and happiness in this book that will make readers of all ages smile.”—Pioneer Press

THE MUKLUK BALL: “…By dint of blueberry (and bear hug) sales and an owl alarm clock, his careful plan culminates with his becoming the belle of the ball: “ ‘Conga time!’ Everyone lined up behind Karhu. They all shimmied and shook.” "—Publishers Weekly

THE MUKLUK BALL: "Karhu (which translates to “bear” in Finnish) is an anthropomorphic black bear who leaves near Finn Town, in a setting that evokes northern Minnesota albeit in an alternate reality in which animals and humans interact as peers." —Kirkus

Good Grief, Finding Peace After Pet Loss "One of the things I receive rave reviews on about my book is the cover art, so beautifully rendered by the talented artist Alicia Schwab. From my babbled description of what my intent was with my book, she created my touching, poignant cover." —Sid Korpi

(Food Packaging Illustration) “Alicia Schwab is a unique creative force with excellent skills. She's easy to like and brings a worldly and whimsical presence to all her work. We were always delighted with her work and working with her.” —Deb Grossfield, Controller at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.

St Catherine University: Guide to Reflective and Intentional Giving "The clients (and) several others are all just blown away by (Alicia's) illustrations. The colors, texture and composition surprised and delighted them. However, the most impressive is that, to a person they all commented on how (Alicia) really understands us." —Carol Evans-Smith, Art Dir. at St. Catherine's University


2011 Green Book Award—(Category: Animals) for the book: Good Grief.

2010 Premiere Book Award—"Best Book of the Year", (Category: Self-Help) for the book: Good Grief.

2010 Reviewers Choice Award from Reader Views (Category: Inspiration/ Spirituality) for the book: Good Grief.

2010 IPPY—Independent Publishers Book Award (Category: Pets/Animals) for the book: Good Grief.

2007 Plymouth, MN Fine Arts Council, 2nd place Banner Contest.

1997 Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design

1996 Germany’s Most Beautiful Book Award, (Category: Science)

1993 AIGA/Minnesota Design Show