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ISU College of Design honors Derek Anderson with 2013 Design Achievement Award

November 18, 2013


(image) AMES, Iowa — Award-winning children's book illustrator and author Derek J. Anderson is a recipient of the 2013 Design Achievement Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design.

The Design Achievement Award recognizes outstanding mid-career creative and professional achievements of Iowa State alumni in the fields of architecture, art and design, community and regional planning, and landscape architecture.

Anderson, a native of Ames, Iowa, who resides in Minneapolis, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and design (drawing/painting/printmaking emphasis) from Iowa State in 1991. He was honored during Homecoming at the ISU Alumni Association's 82nd annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, Nov. 8.

Earlier this year, Hot Rod Hamster, written by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Anderson, received Mississippi's Magnolia Award and Wyoming’s Buckaroo Award, both children's choice awards. It also won the 2011-2012 South Carolina Picture Book Award and was named one of Bank Street College of Education's "Best Children's Books of the Year" for 2011. The sequel, Happy Birthday, Hamster, earned the same accolade in 2012.

The New York Times-bestselling Little Quack, written by Lauren Thompson, has been translated into nine languages and continues to captivate children with Anderson's colorful images of the title character and his siblings. Books in the series have won the National Parenting Publication Award and the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council Children's Choice Award.

Of the 20 books Anderson has illustrated, five are his own original stories: Gladys Goes Out to Lunch (a featured book for Minnesota libraries in 2007), Blue Burt and Wiggles, How the Easter Bunny Saved Christmas, Romeo and Lou Blast Off (named one of the best books of 2007 by Parent & Child magazine), and Story County: Here We Come!

A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Anderson regularly speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences throughout the U.S. He received the ISU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2009.

Derek Anderson,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,