Author and illustrator to present at Brainerd Library on June 16

Derek Anderson will present at two different times for two different age groups.

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BRAINERD — Minnesota author/illustrator Derek Anderson will give two presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday June 16, in the large meeting room of the Brainerd Public Library.

At 10:30 a.m., Anderson will present a story time geared for kindergarten and younger children and their families. He will read stories, talk about being an author and draw during the storytime presentation.

The 2:30 p.m. presentation will be aimed at grade-school children and their families. It will include a short PowerPoint presentation about his journey to becoming an author and illustrator, as well as behind-the-scenes of his books, a Q&A and drawing demonstration.

For more information and to register, contact the library at 218-829-5574 or visit the library’s Facebook page at .

Anderson is the New York Times bestselling artist behind more than 25 books for children. He is the award-winning illustrator of “Little Quack” by Lauren Thompson, “Hot Rod Hamster” by Cynthia Lord and his own “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure."


Anderson’s “Croc and Ally” early readers feature a grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator and the friendship they share. His early chapter book “Benny McGee and the Shark: The Shark Report” is about a boy who refuses to go in the water during a family day at the beach because he’s afraid of sharks. When a great white shark follows him home that afternoon, Benny comes face to face with both the shark and his fear.

Besides being named to Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year lists, many of Anderson’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.

Anderson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Cheryl, and their dog, Oliver Bean. Read more about Anderson and his books by visiting .

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