• Lifelong resident-fifth generation Napervillian — NCHS graduate

• BA North Central College 1982 majors in History, German & Music. Richter Fellowship Grant Award Winner 1981 for Study research in Germany. Graduated with honors.

• Married 32 years-Husband Chuck Wilkins-also a lifetime Naperville resident. They have 3 grown children.

• Chairman SECA Commission/Commissioner 6 yr.
KidsMatter Board/ Asset Trustee

• Founder IndieBound Naperville:  A grassroots Local Independent Business Alliance-150+ business group

• Founder Andrea’s Angels:  New and Used Book collection-over 900,000 books redistributed to children and schools in need of books.

• DuPage Symphony Board of Directors

• North Central College Presidential Search Committee Member

• Downtown Naperville Alliance –past board member and marketing co-chair

• Host of Authors Revealed-on NCTV 17-an author interview program

• Co-owner Anderson’s Bookshops- a family business with roots going back 139 years in Naperville.

• Past President American Booksellers Association-National Trade organization for Independent Booksellers in the US

• Past President:  Association of Booksellers for Children-National organization

• Past President Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association

• Past V/P of the American Bookseller’s Foundation for Free Expression

Interview with Ted Turner

Special Recognitions, Commendations, Awards, Accomplishments:

• Monthly contributor to ABC Channel 7 Windy City Live

• North Central College Outstanding Alumni Award-2014

• Illinois Reading Council Hall of Fame Award 2014

• District 203-Proud to be 203 Award-2013

• Naperville AAUW-Woman of the Year

• Naperville Central High School Alumni Recognition Award 2005

• Naperville Chamber of Commerce Retail Business of the Year award, 2001.

• Illinois Family Business of the Year award, 2001.

• Pannell Award for Best Children’s Bookseller in nation, 2002.

• Charles Haslam National Bookseller of the Year Award, 2002.

• Illinois State Board of Education Exemplary Partnership Award for Community Service
District 203 and 204 Partnership Awards

• Naperville Central High School Alumni Recognition Award 2005

• Illinois State Board of Education’s Award of Excellence for community volunteerism  
• Building a Passion for Literacy Award-District 203-2008

• Naperville Chamber Small Business of the Year 2010

• Publisher’s Weekly Bookseller of the Year 2011

• Kids Best Friend Award:  Education Center

• Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award:  Chicago Book Clinic 2011

• Voice of the Heartland Award 2009:  The prize recognizes “a person or company in the book industry for lifetime contributions to regional books.”  The Association cited Anderson for being active in the leadership of multiple industry groups and her support of “buy local” programs and independent businesses.  She shares great company in being honored with this award with Studs Terkel, who was the first to receive this award.

• 2009 NCTE/SLATE Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Award


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