Anderson, Derek

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]



Author and Illustrator of:

Children’s Fiction

Picture Books

Early Readers

Beginning Chapter Books

Age Group: 0-8



Complete book list can be found here:

Little Quack series (illustrated, S&S 2003-2010)

Hot Rod Hamster series (illustrated, Scholastic 2010-2016)

Waking Dragons (S&S 2012)

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure (Scholastic/Orchard 2015)

Croc and Ally: Friends Forever/Fun,Fun,Fun! (Penguin Random House 2018)

Benny McGee and the Shark: The Shark Report (Penguin Random House 2020)

Benny McGee and the Shark: We Are Famous! (Penguin Random House 2020)



National Parenting Publication Gold Award (Little Quack and Little Quack’s Bedtime)

IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award (Little Quack and Little Quack’s New Friend)

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Hot Rod Hamster)

Mississippi’s Magnolia Award (Hot Rod Hamster)

Wyoming’s Buckaroo Award (Hot Rod Hamster)

Minnesota Book Award finalist (Waking Dragons)

Minnesota Book Award finalist (Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure)


Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling artist behind more than twenty-five 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. Derek’s CROC AND ALLY early readers feature a grumpy crocodile, a happy-go-lucky alligator and the friendship they share. His early chapter books BENNY MCGEE AND THE SHARK: THE SHARK REPORT and the follow-up BENNY MCGEE AND THE SHARK: WE ARE FAMOUS! are about a boy and his wild adventures after befriending a great white shark that follows him home from the beach. Derek lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. Visit for more about Derek and his books.
Presentation Title & Description (Usually used if you have a “stock” presentation):
I do a variety of presentations– from a more interactive story time for younger kids and families where I tell stories, read my books and draw for the audience, to a more in-depth presentation on creativity and how I create my books.
*Also available for Zoom and Skype presentations/visits
This will range depending on the number of presentations requested and the type of presentation you would like me to do.