20 of the Most Beautiful Dutch Children’s Books

7 October 2014



In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Kinderboekenweek (1-12 October 2014), I’ve compiled a list of twenty of the most beautiful Dutch children’s books.  I’m a firm believer that children’s books with illustrations are essential to a child’s development and imagination. Books with beautiful images are also great way to introduce a baby to the world and to hopefully entice them to fall in love with reading early on.


Here is a list of twenty Dutch books worth reading to your little one:


1.  Nederland by Charlotte Dematons

2.  Sinterklaas by Charlotte Dematons

3.  De Gele Ballon by Charlotte Dematons

4.  Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp



5. Jip en Janneke by Annie M.G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp

6.  Jij Bent de Liefste by Hans and Monique Hagen, Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist

7. Mama Kwijt by Chris Haughton

8. Op een Grote Paddenstoel by Mies van Hout



9.  De Paraplu by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

10. Mijn Leuk Woordenboek by Richard Scarry

11. Het is Herfst by Rotraut Susanne Berner

12. Wij Samen Op Stap by Leo Timmers and Jean Reidy



13. Fabians Feest by Marit Törnqvist

14. WIj Samen op Stap by Leo Timmers and Jean Reidy

15. Nijnte aan Zee by Dick Bruna

16. Zoveel als de Wereld Hou Ik van Jou by Harrie Geelen and Imme Dros



17. Het Grote Rijksmuseum Voorleesboek by Thijs Goverde, Pieter Feller & Bibi Dumon Tak

18. Fiet Wil Rennen by Bibi Dumon Tak and Noëlle Smit

19. Aadje Piraatje by Marjet Huiberts

20. Het Gouden Helden Boek by Diversen and Fiona Rempt, Co-Authored by Joseph Jacobs, Virginia Parsons and Jane Werner


(Images: As Linked)

(Image credits: Nederland by Charlotte Dematons)