Storytelling Release:

MIKE ANDERSON is one of the most versatile folk entertainers in the
Midwest, and he is well known among central Illinois traditional music fans.
Mike hosted a national award-winning children's TV show, created and ran
the New Salem Storytelling Festival as well as the Clayville Music and
Storytelling Festival, and was recognized as an outstanding Illinois
educator as a 3rd grade teacher. He has been a featured teller at the
St. Louis Storytelling Festival, Elko Storytelling Festival, Elko, NV,
Festival International de Lousiane, Lafayette, LA, George West
Storyfest, George West, TX, Haunting of the Hills, Big South Fork
National Park, Oneida, TN, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Silver Dollar City
Storytelling Festival, Branson, MO, New Salem Storytelling Festival,
Petersburg, IL, and others.

General Release
Mike Anderson is one of the most versatile folk performers and educators
in the Midwest. Under Mike’s leadership, the New Salem Storytelling
Festival, and the Clayville Music and Storytelling Festival before that,
events of national renown.  Mike is also nationally renown, appearing at
the Nat’l Mt. Music Festival, holding a prestigious position on the faculty
of the Mt. Dulcimer Workshops at Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC
and West Carolina Univ., NC, Dulcimer  Workshops, and
presenting workshops and concerts across the US.

Mike’s children’s concerts are very popular.  He received a National
Children’s television award for his show "Mike’s Music Works."  Under the
auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted
many teacher and parent workshops for developing literacy through the
art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary.

Mike plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones, and more. He is
best known as an outstanding mountain dulcimer player - one of the very
best in the state and indeed the entire Midwest.
As an author and elementary school teacher, Mike has honed his skills as
a storyteller and is one of the best yarn-spinners and worst pun-tellers

The combination of music, storytelling, humor, and educational
background has made Anderson one of the most sought after performers
and speakers in the Midwest. Mike Anderson is a driving force on the
Illinois folk scene and is one of the people we can thank for
keeping traditional music and storytelling alive.
--Bio written for the Southtown Coffeehouse, Springfield, IL

and now the complete bio with discography,
bibliography, videography and lots of other stuff.

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

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, 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


*Santa's Secret Gift, The Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2017

*The Flying Bunnies, The Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2016

*The Magic Bag, The Travels of Hugo Kringle, 2015

* 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.

· 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


· Samuel and the Butterflies
· Making Grandpa Smile


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


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


•  In Came That Rooster
• The Cat Came Back
• Morning Town Ride
• Christmas 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
• Spooky

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

• 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)


  • Santa's Choice Award 2016

  • Marriah Gold Media Award 2016

• 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

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

Mike Anderson Live!


Audience on Tour, DreamWorks
Anderson is a strong
musician with a His
personal tales are
--The Bulletin Storytelling Review, Vol.
1, from the Center for Children’s
Mr. Anderson works well in
structure and he excels in
where he can utilize his
creativity and problem
solving skills.
Mr. Anderson is one of the
cornerstones of our school.
He is a superb
communicator, master
teacher, a positive
motivating force, and an
exceptional leader in any
--Dr. Sue Saunders from Mike
Anderson’s yearly evaluation
Steve Smith from North
Carolina says of Mike
"As a result of
Mike’s workshop, I think my
next session for kids will be
easier for me and more fun
for the kids."
make everyone smile
makes It's Mike's
easy ability to
amazing to see a
room full of people,
His skill in reaching a
whole audience is a
talent, if not pure
--Jenny Hamblin, Lafayette
Natural History Museum,
Lafayette, LA