Hanneke Siemensma studied Dutch Literature in Amsterdam and Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. She is addicted to the smell and feel of paint, brushes, charcoal and paper, and has a weakness for patterns and old photos. Hanneke works as an independent illustrator and editor.
Mies van Hout is an illustrator and creator of picture books. To date, she has illustrated more than 100 children’s books. She has won the Dutch Children’s Bookshops Prize on two occasions and has been awarded a Flag and Pennant by the Golden Paintbrush Jury. She has also been nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.
Caroline Ellerbeck (born 1975) is an illustrator who makes enchanting children’s books, which she publishes herself. She is motivated by the enjoyment of drawing itself, bringing to life something that did not previously exist. Colourful little universes full of funny characters, irresistible to both children and adults. And that’s exactly the intention! Caroline lives in Rotterdam.
photo ©Annemarie Andriessen
Sanne te Loo studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Breda and has worked as an illustrator ever since. She writes and illustrates her own picture books and she also collaborates with various writers. Her books were published in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
Connie Snoek’s love for illustrating began when she worked as a theatre-maker. She had her own children’s puppet theatre company and designed scenery, costumes and puppets. She also wrote the stories.
In 2009 she decided to start illustrating children’s books. Connie is self-taught and lives in the countryside in the south of the Netherlands.
Tim Gladdines graduated from the Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts. Since then he has been a writer, poet, translator, director and drama teacher. He made his debut with Teddy Cloud (1996) and has published several children’s books and picture books. In recent years he has published mainly children’s poetry.
Marieke Nelissen was born in Naucalpan De Juárez in Mexico in 1975. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Art and Design in Den Bosch in 1997. Since then she has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. In 2015 she made her breakthrough as a children’s book illustrator. She works non-digitally because she likes to experiment with materials: watercolour, gouache, ink, pencil, oil pastel, whatever is needed to get the right atmosphere on paper.
Theo Olthuis has worked as a schoolteacher and is currently a drama instructor. He writes poetry and plays for children and adults. Theo made his debut in 1984, since when he has published numerous collections of children’s poems. He has also written songs for Sesame Street and lyrics for Herman van Veen and Willem Nijholt. In 2010 Theo won the Rabobank Culture Prize.
Sylvia Weve is a freelance illustrator based in Amsterdam who works for newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, theatre and television. But primarily she makes children’s books. She studied graphic design at the Academy of Art & Design in Arnhem. For seven years, she also taught illustrative design at the same academy.
Sylvia’s work has won three Flag and Pennant and two Silver Paintbrush awards. In 2013 she received a Golden Paintbrush for Scram! I’m Not Your Gran! (with text by Bette Westera). She also won the Professor Pi Prize from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the 2014 Woutertje Pieterse Prize. In 2018 she was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Sylvia van Ommen studied illustration at the art academy in Kampen. Her first book Sweets was published in 2001, followed soon after by The Surprise. Both books have been translated into several languages. Sylvia produces illustrations for (picture) books and educational books, writes, and draws a daily cartoon that is posted online. She likes to observe and imagine the extraordinary in today’s seemingly ordinary daily life, in order to discover the humour and silliness in small things.
Clinty Thuijls is an actress and author. She also writes scripts for television programmes including Sesame Street and Het Sinterklaasjournaal (Sinterklaas News). The first instalment about the adventures of Sjef and his grandad Opilopi was published in 2016 to rave reviews. Opilopi 2 was published in September 2017.
The drawings in Opilopi were created by cartoonist Argibald. He makes cartoons and illustrations on watercolour paper with dip pen and ink. His work has appeared in Humo, Propria Cures, and digitally on De Speld and Oneworld. In 2015 he was runner up for the StripGrafiekPrijs (Comic Art Award, Holland Animation Film Festival).
Mariken Jongman writes songs and performs plays for young people, which she takes on tour around schools and theatres. In 2005, she made her debut as a children’s writer with Rits. In 2008, Jongman published her first picture book: Wasbeer en Otter redden een rups (Raccoon and Otter Save a Caterpillar), illustrated by Irene Goede. Big Little Whale is her first picture book with Yoko Heiligers.