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librarian , writer

Annie M. G. Schmidt was a Dutch writer. She is called the mother of the Dutch theatrical song and the queen of Dutch children's literature, praised for her "delicious Dutch idiom", and considered one of the greatest Dutch writers.


Mrs. Schmidt was born in Kapelle, Netherlands, on May 20, 1911. She was the daughter of Dutch Reformed minister Johannes Daniel Schmidt (1871-1951) and school teacher Geertruida Maria Bouhuijs. She had an elder brother Wim and two older sisters also named Anna M. G. who both died young and before she was born. She was called Zus (English: Sis or Sister) by her family.


Annie M. G. Schmidt was a solitary child, who found an escape in writing poetry and fiction, even though she once received a grade of 2 (on a scale of 1 to 10) in Dutch class — she would later brag about the report card. Her mother encouraged her and sent some of her poetry to Willem Kloos.

She finished secondary school in Goes.


Mrs. Schmidt began her career as a librarian in 1932. In 1946, she joined the newspaper editorial staff of Het Parool, where she first published many of her stories and poems. A voracious writer, Mrs. Schmidt also wrote musicals and cabaret texts, television and radio programs, poetry, and comedy. Many of her children’s works appeared in English translation.

In 1952 Annie M. G. Schmidt began writing a radio show, the immensely popular De Familie Doorsnee, which ran until 1958. In 1957 she began writing Pension Hommeles, a musical comedy on VARA television.

In the 1960s Mrs. Schmidt wrote one of the most popular Dutch television series of all time, Ja zuster, nee zuster (English: Yes Nurse! No Nurse!), later the inspiration for the 2002 film of the same name.


  • One of the most celebrated writers in Holland, Annie M. G. Schmidt was the first from her country to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which was awarded to her in 1988, for her many contributions to children’s literature. Her work is admired for putting children on an equal level with adults, for the "mocking rebellion" evident in her poems, and for the vivid imagination and nonsense typical of children.



Annie M. G. Schmidt was married to Dick van Duijn. The couple had one son, Flip van Duijn.

Johannes Daniel Schmidt - Dutch

Geertruida Maria Bouhuijs - Dutch

Wim Schmidt - Dutch

Anna M. G. Schmidt - Dutch

Anna M. G. Schmidt - Dutch

Dick van Duijn - Dutch

Flip van Duijn - Dutch