Derek Anderson (he/him)

“It’s important to give kids a glimpse into creating stories and pictures. It takes both patience and hard work to create anything. I want students to come away from my presentations knowing that if they’re willing to work hard and believe, they can do absolutely anything in this world.”


Derek Anderson drew the very first picture he can remember drawing when he was in kindergarten. It was a picture of the Easter Bunny. When he finished it, Derek marched it down to the school office and proudly presented it to the Principal, Tom Berhow. Mr. Berhow laminated the picture and displayed it on his office wall for the rest of the school year. Derek’s fate was sealed. From then on, he knew he would be an artist. When he reached second grade, Derek wrote his first story and he’s never stopped writing or drawing since. 

Derek is the award-winning illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Quack series by Lauren Thompson and the Hot Rod Hamster books by Cynthia Lord. He also illustrated Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen, Ballyhoo Bay by Judy Sierra, and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Lydia Maria Child. Derek has authored fourteen books including Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath AdventureTen Hungry PigsGladys Goes Out to LunchWhat About Harry?, thechapter books Benny McGee and the Shark: The Shark Report and Benny McGee and the Shark: We Are Famous! and the forthcoming additions to his Croc and Ally early reader series—A Lot to Like! and The Best in the World.

Besides being named to Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year lists, many of Derek’s books have been published internationally and garnered awards including the National Parenting Publication Gold Award, the CBC Children’s Choice Award and many state awards. 

Derek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Cheryl, and their dog, Oliver Bean.


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