Mike Anderson

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General Information

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Name: Mike Anderson

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1952 in Washington, Illinois


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.anderson.9465177

Email: mworks@fgi.net

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

Published Works

  • Construction of the Classical Whanger, Music Works, 1991
  • The Phantom Teacher, 1st Books Library, 2000

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact author at:

PO Box 35

Jacksonville, IL 62651


Mike’s on the Illinois ArtsTour Roster! Click here to see how this can help you bring Mike to your school, library, festival, or museum!

External Links

Mike Anderson on WorldCat


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