Biography of Jenny Bakker, illustrator of the children's picture books "Cherry Red Kisses", "Get Well Soon, Grandpa" and more published by Clavis Publishing, New York.
Jenny Bakker was born in 1966 in Apeldoorn. At that moment her parents owned a book shop, and they also had one other child: Jenny’s brother. Jenny is married and has two sons: Sil and Jip. The family also has 2 dogs: the sheepdog’s name is Luka and only a few years ago they saved a Spanish dog from the streets, his name is Pablo. As a child Jenny loved to read, so she was very happy with her parents’ shop. They read most of the children’s books from the shop to her as a child. When she was older she secretly took the books from the shelves herself and read under the blankets with a flashlight. In those days customers often returned books with complaints that they were smudged or dog-eared. Jenny also liked drawing. As a young child she could draw for hours. At school she was one of the best drawers in class. When she was about 9 years old she made her first book cover, for Jenny and Her Pony. After high school she got in at the Art Academy. There she chose illustrative design (after considering fashion). After graduating, she worked as a freelance graphic designer for a few years, but she started missing illustrating more and more, so she quit. Her illustrations are now being published by Clavis, Leopold, Van Goor, Pimento, Zwijsen, Uitgeverij Holland and many others, even in foreign countries. Because the concept of a book has its limits, Jenny also tries to do something different with her illustrations. A set in 3D at the children’s department of a hospital and free work starring children is the result of that so far.