About Emilie...

Born in the Netherlands, I spent most of my childhood in California and Mexico. It was during the ten years living in Mexico that I discovered my artistic eye and love of color. I graduated from high school in Mexico City, and returned to Holland to study at the Royal Academy of Art at The Hague. Here I developed my signature crayon and watercolor technique.

Trade Publishers

Candlewick Press

Cartwheel Books

D.K. Publishers


Orchard Books

Puffin Books

Random House

Sterling Publishing


After graduating with a degree in graphic design, I moved to London, where I had the opportunity to work with wonderful editors and wrote and illustrated my first two children’s books. I’ve worked both as an illustrator and author/illustrator and published over 20 books. My books have been translated into Japanese, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch and Spanish.  Recently, “Peterkin Meets A Star” my very first book, was turned into an app for the iPhone and iPad.

Currently, I am on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design (CE), where I teach children’s book illustration. Each year I also visit many elementary schools teaching young children about the process of illustrating picture books. I also teach workshops and conduct picture book making classes for children.  I make my home in the Boston area, where I live with my husband, my children and our dog Anouska.