Eerdmans Books for Young Readers is the proud publisher of fantastic authors and illustrators. Together we have won such prestigious awards as the Batchelder and Caldecott awards, placed many books on national and state reading lists, and touched the minds and hearts of children around the world.
Find out more about these talented men and women we like to call our own.
About Our Authors and Illustrators
Get to know Edward van de Vendel
For a long time, it was enough for Edward van de Vendel to write stories just for himself. Then one day it wasn’t enough. Van de Vendel had been scribbling poems since his school days, but he enjoyed his work as an elementary school teacher, and he thought of his writing as a personal hobby. Only after seeing the way his stories could affect his studentsteaching them, helping them, simply enchanting themdid he begin to recognize writing as a vocation.
Today van de Vendel, who lives in Rotterdam, is an award-winning writer not only of children’s books, but of poetry and song lyrics as well. His books have been translated into several languages, and his newest book in English is A Dog Like Sam.
A Dog Like Sam tells the story of a big white dog who turns up unexpectedly in Kix and Emilia’s front yard. It isn't long before Sam becomes a part of the family, but when his original owner comes looking for him, Kix realizes that deciding where Sam belongs is anything but simple. Emotional and gripping, this book will be an instant favorite with any reader who has a soft spot for animals.
Van de Vendel’s new book follows on the success of another (very different) book about a dog, The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have, which was named among the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015, and was also recently awarded the German Literary Award for best picture book of 2016.
For Our Authors and Illustrators
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