Joukje Akveld (who doesn’t want you to bother with trying to pronounce her name) grew up in the province of South Holland, a section of the Netherlands that stretches along the North Atlantic. When she turned 18, Joukje matriculated at the University of Utrecht to study Dutch and began working part-time in a children’s bookstore.
After graduation Joukje began working in publishing and eventually moved to Amsterdam, where she realized her own desire to become an author.
Her first job as a writer came at the children’s magazine Kidsweek. Later, as a freelance journalist, her work appeared in numerous Dutch publications, including Vrij Nederland, Trouw, Het Parool, and Lezen.
But all along Joukje wanted to write children’s books, a dream she realized with the publication of Olle was Sure He Did Not Need Glasses in 2010. In 2016 Joukje won the Silver Slate Pencil Award for A Monkey in the Bathroom: A Zoo in Wartime.
Her most recent book, Get on Your Bike, is an inviting book about resolving conflicts. Featuring panoramic art, Get on Your Bike is a sensitive but realistic portrayal of effective conflict resolution between the best of friends.
When Bobby and William, who co-own a bike shop, have a heated argument, Bobby takes a ride around town and through the country before returning to seek forgiveness—and discovers he’s not the only one who wants to apologize.