An Rutgers van der Loeff
An Rutgers van der Loeff (1910–1990), along with Annie M.G. Schmidt and Miep Diekmann, is seen as one of the pioneers of postwar children’s literature. With her work, she made an important contribution to the emancipation of the children’s book. Rutgers van der Loeff succeeded in writing fascinating, research-based stories for children on the most diverse subjects. Her work has frequently been translated and in 1967 was awarded the National Prize for Literature for Children and Young People. Rutgers van der Loeff made her debut as a writer of children’s books with De kinderkaravaan (The Children’s Caravan) in 1949. This exciting story immediately became a classic.