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Our motto at Clavis Publishing is "we make children's dreams come true!". We believe that our books stimulate the imagination and dreams of the future generations. If children can realize their dreams, they will build a better world and a better future. We're convinced that the world of tomorrow will resemble the dreams of today's children.

Barbara van Rheenen

Biography of Barbara van Rheenen, author and illustrator of the non-fiction children's picture book "Want to Know. Whales" and more, published by Clavis Publishing, New York.


Barbara van Rheenen

I was born in Amsterdam on February 14th 1967. I was raised in a big family where music and art were always present. Soon drawing became my favourite hobby. At school I had a hard time concentrating and they called my the dreamqueen so after school I quickly got a job. I love to travel and I love the sea and especially everything that lives in the sea. I worked for four years for Greenpeace and fell in love with whales. At that time I made my first two books with Clavis. I made an educational book about whales and illustrated a book about dinosaurs. In my life there are no straight lines and that you can also see in my drawings. I like to work with a pencil, a lot of colors on top of eachother. Then there is a world that exists on it’s own on the paper. When I’m not illustrating I’m working in the shipping and boat industry, the world of the water.