Joukje Akveld (b. 1974) studied Dutch language and literature and worked in publicity and as a picture-book translator for Lemniscaat. She now writes about theatre and children’s books in newspaper Het Parool. After a number of publications about illustrators and authors, she made her debut in 2012 with her first picture book, Olle wist zeker dat hij geen bril nodig had, which has been translated into a number of languages. Her love of animals has played an increasingly important role in Akveld’s work. In Een aap op de wc (2015, Zilveren Griffel), she wrote about the German bombing of Rotterdam’s zoo. She is currently travelling around various countries in southern Africa for a year, working on her next book.