Enzo Pérès-Labourdette was born in 1991 in Le-Puy-En-Velay, France. He lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Pérès-Labourdette graduated from his Communication Design Bachelor in 2014. During his graduation year he worked on his first commission for The New York Times, had his work selected and shown at the Society of Illustrators and Art Directors Club in New York, and was named one of the “top 100 new creatives to watch” by CMYK magazine. In 2015 he received two prestigious talent development grants from the Fiep Westendorp Foundation and the Creative Industries Fund NL, and exhibited in the Van Abbe Museum. His work has appeared on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Review and he has illustrated for clients such as The New Yorker, Heineken and Dolce & Gabbana.
Milja Praagman studied illustration at the AKV Sint Joost in Breda. She is a well-known illustrator, who won a Zilveren Penseel for Omdat ik je zo graag zie (2016). At the start of her career, she made illustrations for newspapers and animations for Sesamstraat, the Dutch Sesame Street. Her picture books reveal a subtle sense of humour, which also appeals to the parents who are reading them out loud. Her stories are an ode to the imagination.
Gideon Samson (b. 1985) dreamed of being a professional footballer but instead became a writer, like his mother. And what a writer he is. His debut Niks zeggen! (Don’t Say Anything!, 2008) about bullying was an award winner and he became the youngest-ever winner of a Zilveren Griffel (Silver Pencil) for De hemel kan wachten (Heaven Can Wait, 2009). This was followed by Met je hoofd boven water (Keeping Your Head Above Water, 2010) and the sensational Zwarte Zwaan (Black Swan, 2012). Black Swan was awarded a Silver Pencil, both Eilanddagen (Island Days, 2016) and his picturebook debut Alle dieren drijven (All Animals Afloat, 2017) were awarded a Vlag en Wimpel (Flag and Pennant) and Overspoeld (Flooded, 2014) a Golden Frame. Gideon’s newest book, Zeb. (2018) was awarded the Golden Pencil 2019 and a Silver Paintbrush.
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Thaïs Vanderheyden is a Belgian author and illustrator. She studied Art History at the Catholic University of Leuven and worked as a scriptwriter for Belgian national children’s tv-channel Ketnet.
Thaïs lives near Antwerp with her husband and four children.