Next Wednesday, children’s book author and illustrator Derek Anderson will be at the Fargo Public Library for a visit and lecture. This event is sponsored by The Valley Reading Council and will be free and open to the public.
Anderson has illustrated twenty books and written seven of them, including Ten Hungry Pigs, Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, and How the Easter Bunny Saved Christmas. The authors he’s collaborated with include Cynthia Lord, author of the Hot Rod Hamster series, and Lauren Thompson, author of the Little Quack series.
Anderson’s bestselling books have been published internationally and translated into different languages. They have won awards such as CBC Children’s Choice Award and the Parent’s Choice Award. Bank Street College has named them among the Best Children’s Books of the Year and have won awards.
Even before he became an author and illustrator, Anderson was a public speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences all over the United States. This began in high school, when his mother, a third-grade teacher, took him with her to her art lectures. His audiences have ranged from preschoolers to college students to professional groups.
Anderson’s presentations include drawing demonstrations, diagrams of his creative process, and question-and-answer panels. His primary goals with his speaking engagements are to inspire creativity and promote the arts. As a means of encouraging students, he has spoken extensively about the many rejections he received prior to his success.
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