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Mike Anderson

Musician, singer, mountain dulcimer player, storyteller, writer, author, workshop leader, educator, emcee The combination of music, storytelling and humor has made Mike Anderson one of the most sought-after speakers and performers from the Atlantic coast to Canada to the Gulf and all points in between. Internationally, Mike Anderson is part of the MMC Starlight/Encyclopedia Britannica International Storytelling Music and Storytelling Carnival in Taiwan for both years of its existence. Under the auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted many workshops for developing literacy through the art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary. As an author and an elementary school teacher of 39 years, Mike earned accolades from his current principal who said, “He is a superb communicator, master teacher and an exceptional leader in any setting.” Mike Anderson holds an MA in Education from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL. He has won numerous awards including two Parents’ Choice honors, Outstanding Educator Awards, and a National Federation of Local Cable Programming children’s programming award for the television show he wrote and hosted. Anna’s Old Boot, an audio collection of original short stories and songs, received a Recommended Honor from Parents’ Choice and a Gold Honor from the Children’s Music web and iParenting


Questions

"What if you could talk to plants, and they told you a secret?" Taking reality and adding a twist. A discussion of reality-based fantasy.

Mike Anderson

45 Minute Program

Hugo Kringle's Coming to Town

Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus's younger brother, is a great holiday program. Unlike his famous brother who typically talks to one kid at a time, Hugo sings secular holiday songs and tells stories of growing up with the boy who will become Santa Claus. This program works best for the 8 and under crowd.

Mike Anderson

30 Minute Program

The Civil War Soldiers Musical Instruments

The Times of Abraham Lincoln is a 45- 60 minute, interactive celebration in music and story of the Civil War and the Commander-In-Chief of the North: Abraham Lincoln. Folk Singer, Storyteller, Musician and Music Historian, Mike Anderson brings the music of the American Civil War to life using Civil War era instruments of the men who fought the…

Mike Anderson

45 Minute Program

MIKE ANDERSON

Musician, singer, mountain dulcimer player, storyteller, writer, author, workshop leader, educator, emcee

The combination of music, storytelling and humor has made Mike Anderson one of the most sought-after speakers and performers from the Atlantic coast to Canada to the Gulf and all points in between. Internationally, Mike Anderson is part of the MMC Starlight/Encyclopedia Britannica International Storytelling Music and Storytelling Carnival in Taiwan for both years of its existence.


Under the auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted many workshops for developing literacy through the art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary. As an author and an elementary school teacher of 39 years, Mike earned accolades from his current principal who said, “He is a superb communicator, master teacher and an exceptional leader in any setting.”

While the Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Banjo, Jaw Harp, and Nose Flute are a part of his trade, his power to guide teachers and students is among his greatest strengths. His workshops on “Promoting Higher Level Thinking Through Classroom Activities” and “Storytelling for Literacy for Early Childhood Teachers and Parents” have been nationally recognized.

Mike Anderson holds an MA in Education from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL. He has won numerous awards including two Parents’ Choice honors, Outstanding Educator Awards, Santa's Choice Winner, Marriah Media Gold, and a National Federation of Local Cable Programming children’s programming award for the television show he wrote and hosted.

Anna’s Old Boot, an audio collection of original short stories and songs, received a Recommended Honor from Parents’ Choice and a Gold Honor from the Children’s Music web and iParenting

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Biography:

Mike Anderson author of fiction for children and educational resources for children, storyteller, and musician.

Publications:

*Santa’s Secret Gift, the Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2019

  • *The Magic Bag, the Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2015
  • *The Flying Bunnies, the Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2016 winner Santa’s Choice Gold, Marriah Media Gold


* Early Childhood Reading Series, Readers And Story Publishing, South Korea 2013, 36 books

* Growing Up With Santa, The Stories of Hugo Kringle (Holiday weekly radio series 2013)

* Questions, audio book (Listen and Live Audio, Inc 2012)

* The Phantom Teacher, chapter book for 2nd – 4th grade

* Samuel and the Butterflies, picture book (Kiwi Publications, 2000)

* Making Grandpa Smile, picture book (Kiwi Publications, 2000)

* Storytelling For Literacy: The Stories of Aesop, teacher resource

* Storytelling For Writing Literacy, teacher resource

* Riding Trees, Denny and I, Volume 1 (Listen and Live Audio, Inc 2008), audio collection of short stories

* The Great Sled Race, Danny and I, Volume 2 (Listen and Live Audio, Inc 2008), audio collection of short stories — 2000 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor

* Anna’s Old Boot (MW Productions, 2003), audio collection of original songs and stories – 2003 Parents’ Choice, 2003 iParenting Honors, Children’s Music Web winner

* Magazine articles on early Childhood Fears, Children Today.

TELEVISION:
· Illinois Stories – Mike and the Dulci-Kids

· Host and writer for Mike’s Music Works - winner of top national honors in children’s programming - National Federation of Local Cable Broadcasters

· Host and writer of Christmas at Clayville with Mike Anderson

· Mr. Lincoln in Illinois - a PBS special - musical background

· Fund raising host for PBS

· Illinois Stories – Mike’s You-Can-Play workshop

PUBLICATIONS:
Picture Books online

· Samuel and the Butterflies
· Making Grandpa Smile

AUDIO BOOKS

* Growing Up with Santa Claus; the Stories of Hugo Kringle , Listen & Live Audio

* Riding Trees - Denny and I, Volume 1, Listen & Live Audio


*The Great Sled Race - Denny and I, Volume 2, Listen & Live Audio

*Questions, Listen & Live Audio

*The Phantom Teacher, Listen & Live Audio




OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • v . Hugo Kringle’s Sing-a-Long Songbook
  • v · The Dulcimer Guy’s Songbook
  • v · Mike Anderson’s Kids’ Song Book
  • v · Sunday Songs for Kids
  • v · Storytelling: A Mosaic of Missouri Tales
  • v · Mountain Dulcimer Playing for the Visually Impaired
  • v · Construction of the Classical Whanger and Other Lost Arts
  • v · Storytelling for Literacy, the Stories of Aesop
  • v · A Closer Look: Writings by Illinois Teachers
  • v · So Many Songs… So Many Stories (a weekly newspaper article)


    DISCOGRAPHY:

    CHILDREN'S MUSIC:
  • · In Came That Rooster
  • · The Cat Came Back
  • · Morning Town Ride
  • · Christmas Songs
  • Dance Like Frosty
  • STORYTELLING/SONGS:
  • · Samuel and the Butterflies (Illinois State Board of Ed official Early Childhood recording 2000)
  • · Anna's Old Boot - Parents' Choice, iParenting, Children's Music Web award winner
  • · The Dogs' Tale
  • · The Big Hairy Spider

STORYTELLING:

  • · Riding Trees
  • · The Great Sled Race (Parents' Choice Silver Award)
  • · Growing Up with Santa

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER MUSIC:

  • · Mike Anderson Live on Stage
  • · Mirrors
  • · Ice Out
  • · Solo; Not Alone
  • · A Baker's Dozen
  • · First Noel
  • · O Holy Night
  • · Christmas Duets
  • · Great Mountain Dulcimer Players(Compilation Recording)
  • · Dulcimer Celebrations (Compilation Recording)
  • 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

AWARDS


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Community Advisor Board, Network Knowledge WSEC, WMEC, WQEC Television

Educational Consultant and Storyteller for MMC Starlight, Encyclopedia Britannica, Taiwan (2014- )

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

VIDEO:
Mike Anderson Live!

MOVIE DOCUMENTARIES

Audience on Tour, DreamWorks

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