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.
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.
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.
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.
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Ingrid and Dieter Schubert were born in Germany in 1953 and 1947 respectively. After studying at the Academy of Design in Münster and the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf they attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Their many books for children are available in 21 languages and their work has been exhibited all over the world.
In addition to creating, writing and illustrating their own stories, Ingrid and Dieter sometimes work together with other author friends such as Janis Ian, Edward van de Vendel, Ted van Lieshout and now with Daan Remmerts de Vries.
Gijs van der Hammen (1974) studied Dutch literature at the University of Amsterdam. He writes stories and poems for children and also develops websites.
Daan Remmerts de Vries (born 1962) studied drawing and handicrafts at d’Witte Lelie in Amsterdam. His first children’s book, Zippy and Slos, was published in 1990. His has won three Flag and Pennant prizes for his work and in 2003 he was awarded the Golden Pencil for Little God. In 2010 he received the same award for Before You Were Here. He also won a Silver Pencil in 2005 for The Northwind Witch, in 2011 for Mr. Kandinsky Was a Painter, in 2015 for Sometimes I Leave You Behind and in 2016 for Bigger Than the Sky, Worse Than the Sun.
Martijn van der Linden (Oostburg, 1979) attended the Willem de Kooning Academy for Design and got his first commissions while still in school. He has created several picture books together with his wife, writer Maranke
Rinck. Their most recent picture book Tangram Cat was awarded a Silver Pencil and a Silver Paintbrush.
Martijn worked with many authors of fiction and non-fiction books. He also illustrated Winterdieren (Winter Animals) by Bibi Dumon Tak, which won the Gouden Griffel (Best Children’s Book of the Year award) in 2012.
Sanne Parlevliet Sanne Parlevliet (1977) studied Dutch Language and Literature and studied to be a theatre teacher and director. At the moment she is attached to the University of Groningen as an academic tutor. Pitstop (2014) is her third children’s book and the first book published with Uitgeverij Hoogland & Van Klaveren.
Suzanne Wouda writes historical stories for children and adults.
In 2013 she was awarded a Flag and Pennant for her second children’s book Outcasts. Her first historical novel Rowing to the Volewijck was published in 2016. In addition to writing, she works three days a week as a tutor
Jowi Schmitz writes novels and non-fiction for both adults and children. She began with two novels for adults and published her first children’s book in 2012. My Name Is Olivia and I Can’t Do Anything About It was awarded the Flag and Pennant. Children’s thriller Treasure Under the City was published a year later. She then wrote the book Born Too Soon: Diary About My Son (Ink Slave Literature Prize 2014) and Never Ever Back Ashore, a non-fiction book about Amsterdam’s boat-dwellers.
Annelie Ansingh is multi-talented and works as an independent illustrator and writer. She is also active in children’s theatre and gives workshops related to The Big Poo Cookbook. The recipes she made for her nephews when they visited her, inspired Annelie to write this book. The Big Poo Cookbook was published to great acclaim and has been an instant classic children’s cookbook, not only for children but for grown-ups too!