Milja Praagman

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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.

www.miljapraagman.nl

Gideon Samson

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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.

Author Photo © Jitske-Schols

www.gideonsamson.nl

Thaïs Vanderheyden

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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.

Leo Timmers

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Leo studied advertising and graphic design and worked for many years as an illustrator. He made his debut as a picture book author in 2000 with Happy with me and was awarded with a Bookfeather (most promising picture book debut) the same year.
From then on Leo wrote most of his books himself.

Gus’s Garage was awarded the 2017 Children’s and Youth Jury Award, a price Leo won seven times, and his book Bang was awarded the prestigious Bookpeacock Award (Best illustrated book of the year). A Home for Harry will be the Picture Book of the Year 2019 in the Netherlands.
His books have been translated in more than 25 languages.

Leo Timmers is also involved in animation projects. He created the TV- series Ziggy & the Zootram, and he is currently working on the TV-adaptation of his picture book Deep-sea Doctor Derek.
Leo lives with his wife and two daughters in Brussels.

www.leotimmers.com