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Derek Anderson
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Derek Anderson is the acclaimed illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Quack, Little Quack's Hide and Seek, Little Quack's New Friend, and Over the River: a Turkey's Tale. His first offering as both author and illustrator, Gladys Goes Out to Lunch, was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in June 2005.

Derek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Cheryl.

Waking Dragons
written by Jane Yolen
illustrated by Derek Anderson
Simon & Schuster, 2012
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-1416990321

Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school! From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun.

Awards & Recognition
Minnesota Book Award Finalist

Waking Dragons
Story County
written and illustrated by Derek Anderson
Orchard Books, 2011
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0545168441

Welcome to Story County!

More than anything, Farmer wants a farm. His friends Dog, Pig, Chicken, and Miss Cow are eager to help. Together they build the barn, spread the fields, plant the crops, and more until voilà!-the farm is complete. Or is it?

Story County
Happy Birthday, Hamster
written by Cynthia Lord
illustrated by Derek Anderson
Scholastic Press, 2011
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0-54525-522-6

Hamster and Dog are back to celebrate Hamster's birthday!

Pink cake, blue cake, chocolate through-and-through cake.

Short cake, tall cake, cannot-eat-it-all cake. WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson return with a tale chock-full of fun rhymes and hilarious artwork about Hamster's favorite day: his birthday! But is it possible that Dog and his friends have forgotten all about it? Not a chance. Join them as they plan the best surprise birthday party ever!

Happy Birthday, Hamster!
Hot Rod Hamster
written by Cynthia Lord
Scholastic Press, 2010
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-0545035309

Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car
Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car.

Newbery Honor-author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!

Hot Rod Hamster
Ballyhoo Bay
written by Judy Sierra
Simon & Schuster, 2009
ages 4 to 8, ISBN 978-1416958888

Welcome to Ballyhoo Bay, where Mira Bella the artist teaches painting and sculpture to grannies and kids. Sun, sea, sand, and sky—what could be more fun?

Until one gray day a billboard goes up, announcing a high-rise building and all kinds of stuff. No more sand or seashells or painting or fun. And absolutely no children and wildlife allowed.

Mira Bella is not one to take this plan lightly. But despite Mira Bella's conviction, can art save Ballyhoo Bay?

Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year

Ballyhoo Bay

The Potty Train
written by David Hochman and Ruth Kennison
Simon & Schuster, 2008
ages toddler to preschool
ISBN 978-1416928331

Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station. Are you ready? Let's chug away on the Potty Train!

The Potty Train

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