Mark Haayema is a writer, actor and theatre maker. Apart from children’s books, Mark also writes songs, theatre scripts and television scenarios. He also acts in theatre and television productions and directs youth theatre productions.
Mark loves writing stories that provide food for thought. They have to be inviting, funny, and exciting, but shouldn’t shy away from touching upon something out of the ordinary. His picture book Pete the Parakeet, a book about birds of different feather flocking together, was awarded the award for best children’s book 2019. In 2021, its sequel Bertha the Bullfinch was published. In 2021 he also published Feel better, a heartwarming collection of get-well poems he wrote using his own experience with being ill and getting well.