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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Liset Celie is an illustrator who graduated from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in 2016. She draws her inspiration from the obvious things that other people often fail to notice, in which humour plays an important role. As a great lover of old picture books, she likes to use nostalgic colours. Her work is characterised by the combination of paint and coloured pencil. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.