The boekenweekgeschenk

Entertainment Kravity August 8, 2016 0 1
Everyone knows the Book Week gifts though. The little books you get for free around November when purchasing a book. But what started it last? The Book Week gifts there since 1930. This has now more than 80 years! It began in 1930 as a bookshop its loyal customers gave a free book. The author of this book was Johan Tersteeg. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary, and for this they gave away free books. This was followed by other booksellers and publishers who thought it was a good idea. In 1932 the Boekenweekgeschenk began as we know it today; A writer writes specifically for the Book Week a thin book, which you get for free if you buy a certain amount of books.


The subject of the book has to do with the theme of the Book Week. A lot of books on that theme, you can buy cheaper in the Book Week. So as an example. In 2011 the theme was: Written Portraits. Ie autobiographies. This brought a lot of books with an autobiography in the discount. Of course it boekenweekgeschenk had to keep this theme. Kader Abdollah therefore wrote the book The Crow. That was the autobiography of Kader Abdollah.

Children's Books

When the adults received free books at the Book Week, of course there had to be something special for the kids. This came also: The children's book. From 1955 also began coming weeks book for children. This lasted for 10 days in September / October.
In the Children's something extra. Children can vote in the library of their favorite books. The books that receive the most votes will be rewarded with a silver or gold pencil.


The books will be given away by CPNB foundation. Foundation for Collective Promotion for the Dutch Book. They want to encourage reading, to ensure that more people are going to read, and so they give away free books during the Book Week.

List of Book Week gifts

  • 1932: A.M.E. of Dishoeckstraat, Cornelis Veth and C.J. Chalice, Gift. Contributions by Dutch writers and authors, brought together on the occasion of the Dutch Book Week 7 to 14 May 1932.
  • 1933: C.J. Chalice, gift 1933. Memories of Dutch writers, gathered on the occasion of the Dutch Book Week twenty-ninth april-May 6, 1933.
  • 1934: C.J. Chalice, 1934. Gift contains 12 portraits of Dutch authors
  • 1935: Roel Houwink, Around the Book 1935
  • 1936: Roel Houwink, Around the Book 1936
  • 1937: mr. E. Elias Around the Book 1937
  • 1938: F. Bordewijk Marie Koenen and Marianne Philips Three novellas
  • 1939: Antoon Coolen, Augusta de Wit and Johan van der Woude, Three novellas
  • 1940: Emmy van Lokhorst and Victor E. Van Vriesland, Three novellas
  • 1941: Emmy van Lokhorst and Victor E. Van Vriesland, Novels and poems
  • 1942: published
  • 1943: published
  • 1944: published
  • 1945: published
  • 1946: Small gift
  • 1947: Antoon Coolen, The Encounter
  • 1948: Hella S. Haasse, Oeroeg
  • 1949: Clare Lennart, Two Negro dolls
  • 1950: Marianne Philips, The case Beech Nut
  • 1951: Olaf J. Landell, Porcelain table
  • 1952: Manuel of Loggem, Insects in plastic
  • 1953: Anthonie Donker, Ten Stories
  • 1954: Jacques den Haan, Adriaan Morriën and Charles Boost, Good booked
  • 1955: Clare Lennart, Op writer feet through Netherlands
  • 1956: Dr. P. H.. Ritter jr., Meetings with writers
  • 1957: Prof. Dr. J. Presser, The Night of the Girondists..
  • 1958: A. Defresne, Hamlet
  • 1959: Hella S. Haase, I do not myself know
  • 1960: Elisabeth Keesing's zalenman
  • 1961: Agatha van Ree, The Unknown hours
  • 1962: Anton Koolhaas, a shot in the air
  • 1963: Prof. Dr. J. Presser, Europe in a book..
  • 1964: Robert van Gulik, Four fingers
  • 1965: Harry Paape, De Geuzen
  • 1966: Theun de Vries, The sword, the sea and the false heart
  • 1967: Jan de Hartog, Memories of a bramzijgertje
  • 1968: Max Dendermonde, Come to an emperor
  • 1969: Hubert Lampo, the gods must have their number
  • 1970: Jan Gerhard Toonder, Castle in Ireland
  • 1971: D. H. Couvee, Protest per print. Kicking sacred cows
  • 1972: Poetry
  • 1973: Bertus Aafjes, a lantern for a blind person, or the case of Dutch surgeons
  • 1974: Charles Reijnders, If I, for example, saw also the spirit of my mother on the edge of my bed
  • 1975: C. Buddingh ??, Notice to Travellers
  • 1976: Hermine Heijermans, Sobs & Smart Patches
  • 1977: Mies Bouhuys, Herman van Run and Nico Scheepmaker, Please Wait
  • 1978: Marnix Gijsen, Over Coming urgently needed
  • 1979 S. Carmiggelt and Peter van Straaten, Beautiful gift
  • 1980: Janwillem van de Wetering, The suspect Rejoice
  • 1981: Henri Knap, The Round of 43 ??
  • 1982: Marten Toonder, The Other World
  • 1983: Wim Kan, Sometimes I think to myself ??
  • 1984: Maarten ?? t Hart, The Ortolan
  • 1985: Remco Campert, Somberman ?? s action
  • 1986: Marga Minco, the glass bridge
  • 1987: Tessa de Loo, the smoke sacrifice
  • 1988: J.M.A. Biesheuvel, a superfluous man
  • 1989: Hugo Claus, Swordfish
  • 1990: F. Springer, Star Lake
  • 1991: Cees Nooteboom, the following story
  • 1992: A.F.Th. van der Heijden, Weather Brushes
  • 1993: Willem Frederik Hermans, in the mists of Hades. Excerpts from the war diary of the student Charles R.
  • 1994: Hella S. Haasse, Transit
  • 1995: Leon de Winter, Serenade
  • 1996: Adriaan van Dis, Palm Wine
  • 1997: Renate Dorrestein, for this is my body
  • 1998: Arnon Grunberg, Saint Antonio
  • 1999: Connie Palmen, Legacy
  • 2000: Harry Mulisch, The Theatre, the letter and the truth
  • 2001: Salman Rushdi, Rage
  • 2002: Anna Enquist, The ijsdragers
  • 2003: Ronald Giphart, Gala
  • 2004: Thomas Rosenboom, Spitzen
  • 2005: Jan Wolkers, Summer Heat
  • 2006: Arthur Japin, Major world
  • 2007: Geert Mak, The Bridge
  • 2008: J. Bernlef, The pianoman
  • 2009: Tim Krabbe, a table full of Butterflies
  • 2010: Joost Zwagerman, Duel
  • 2011: Framework Abdolah, The Crow

In 2012 the boekenweekgeschenk will be written by Tom Lanoye