The 20-year-old Selma Noort (b. 1960) was still training to be a nursery-school teacher when she made her debut in 1980. She has since written dozens of books, including read-aloud books for pre-schoolers, graded books for early readers and historical YA novels. Her book De zee kwam door de brievenbus (The Sea Came Through the Letterbox, about the disastrous flood of 1953) won a Vlag en Wimpel award and the Thea Beckman Prize for the best historical children’s book in 2016. Her previous work has won two Zilveren Griffel awards. With her considered, straightforward language, Noort reaches a wide audience. Alongside her writing, she often does library and school visits, and she has a particular interest in helping children with language problems to improve their reading and writing skills.