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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Anderson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction

Born: 1952 in Washington, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Mike was born in Washington, Illinois and currently resides in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike Anderson is an award-winning educator and writer as well as PBS TV performer and musician. He is also a nationally touring storyteller, mountain dulcimer player, folk singer, and children's author. He has numerous recordings and books available at his web site. He's also a great workshop leader.'''Mike's many awards include:''' *Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Month*iParenting 2004 award for Anna’s Old Boot*2003 Parents’ Choice winner*2003 Children’s Music Web Winner: Best Children’s Song*Fall 2000 Parents' Choice Silver Award*Illinois College Distinguished Alumni Award 2003*Bill Russell Excellence in Education Award*Innovative Instructional Initiative Award*Mike's Music Works - Winner of top national honors in children's programming. (Mike was both Host and Writer) - National Federation of Local Cable Broadcasting*Who's Who Among American Teachers - Several years*Who’s Who in American Education 2003*Who’s Who 2003*Outstanding Young American - A national recognition award*Selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People in Illinois 1988 by the Illinois Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator'''Mike's Professional Memberships:'''*Board of director and Founding Member Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society*Illini Storytelling Guild*Illinois Education Association*Illinois Reading Council*Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce*Jacksonville Education Association*Kappa Delta Phi*National Education Association*National Storytelling Association*Northlands Storytelling Guild*Riverwinds Storytelling Guild*Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators*Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators – Illinois Chapter

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