Annet Schaap, Netherlands

Annet Schaap, born in 1965 in Ochten near Utrecht, drew with enthusiasm even as a child. And when she read books, she painted her own pictures to go with them. In this way her career path was practically mapped out: From 1983 to 1988 she studied at the Academy of Arts in Kampen and in 1990/91 at the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.

Annet Schaap has illustrated around 200 books since her graduation - and then realized a long-cherished dream. In 2017 Annet Schaap published her first self-written children's book and promptly landed a surprise success: "Emilia and the Boy from the Sea" won the Nienke van Hichtum Prize, the Woutertje-Pieterse Prize and the "Golden Pen", the three most important Dutch children's book prizes - only one other author had succeeded before her. And the critics are not the only ones who are enthusiastic: Annet Schaap's poetic and imaginative novel about the daughter of a lighthouse keeper is in the tradition of Scandinavian fairytale literature and enchants young and old alike. It has already been translated into eleven languages.

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