Annet Schaap (1965) is best known in the Netherlands as the author of the critically acclaimed children's book Lampje (2016). She is also known as the illustrator for successful authors such as Francine Oomen, Jacques Vriens and Janneke Schotveld. After studying at two art schools, she has illustrated around two hundred picture books since 1991. She studied creative writing and worked for a youth theatre as a poster maker and scriptwriter, with a dream of one day creating a book that she would both illustrate and write. Lampje, Schaap's literary debut, came as a complete surprise to most readers and was soon declared to be one of the best children's books of the year. Critics unanimously praised Lampje, translated as Lampie and the Children of the Sea in 2019, and in 2018 it won the Gouden Griffel, the most prestigious Dutch prize for children's literature.