Koos Meinderts (b. 1953) has written more than fifty books, including picture books like De vuurtoren (The Lighthouse), poetry collections like Het regent zonlicht (It’s Raining Sunlight) and two novels for young adults: Lang zal ze leven (Long May She Live) and De zee zien (To See the Sea), which won the Flemish Boekenleeuw award. His books are usually illustrated by his wife, Annette Fienieg. Meinderts has also written musicals and many song lyrics. Books by Meinderts have been translated into Afrikaans, Chinese, Danish, German, English, French, Kurdish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Japanese.