Ingrid Godon

© Margot Krisza
Frankfurter Buchmesse
Guest of Honour 2016

Ingrid Godon

1958, Wilrijk. Self-made woman. Favourite hobby: people-watching. Loves pure, sober stories.

For over thirty years, Godon has illustrated children’s books. She is also the co-founder of Dopido, an educational magazine for toddlers. Her book Hello Sailor (2000) established her own individual style: clean, honest and sensitive. The book won many awards and is now a classic. But she is perhaps better known for the Nellie and Cezar series of picture books, now turned into animated films shown around the world. In 2011, Godon set out on a new path with Ik wou, a series of tender children’s portraits with texts by the Dutch writer Toon Tellegen. In Germany, it won her a nomination for the Children’s Literature Award. In 2015 Godon won the Boekenpauw Award for the follow-up series Ik denk. Her work has been translated into over forty languages.

At school Godon felt she ‘wasn’t too bright’. But she’s always had a natural talent for drawing.


  Auf Kurs Nordwest   Translations   Mixtvision Verlag   Lannoo

Recently translated into German

I think
Mixtvision Verlag, 2015
Author: Toon Tellegen
Translated by Birgit Erdmann
Original title: Ik denk (Lannoo, 2014)

After the success of I wish, Ingrid Godon and Toon Tellegen have joined forces again to write and illustrate another wonderful gift book full of thoughtful texts and illustrations. A book full of daydreaming and lines of thought that touch the reader, make you smile and incite to think. Text and illustrations reinforce each other. Together, they tell some vulnerable stories, show secret thoughts, unusual wishes, dreams...