David Anderson - Illustrator

David Anderson

David Anderson grew up on a ranch in the South African bushveld, where he came in daily contact with a variety of animals from monkeys to white rhinos. He was sent to boarding school at an early age and received some unwelcome attention for lampooning the teachers before finally being asked to illustrate the dormitory walls. This went to his head and he has been drawing ever since.

He worked as the editorial cartoonist for a number of South African publications, including the anti-apartheid mouthpiece The Rand Daily Mail until its closure and for the Johannesburg Star, that country's largest daily paper. He moved with his family to Canada in 1990, where he became a freelance illustrator and writer.

David has always had a deep commitment to wildlife conservation, and this is evident in his children's stories and illustrations. Along with his two collections of short stories, “Whispers from the Bushveld” and "More Tales from the Bushveld," he has recently completed three stories and a one-act play that are to be incorporated into the South African school curriculum.

And the Winner Is ...

2016 - Grand Canyon Reader Award, Non-fiction category, Arizona Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - Silverbirch Non-Fiction Express, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - Rainforest of Reading, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Non-fiction