Brooke Anderson Photography

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and moved to the U.S. in 1988 to study zoology at UC Davis. A couple of decades later, I’m a graphic designer. I’m a founding member of Design Action Collective, a worker-owned cooperative design studio in Oakland that is dedicated to “serving the Movement for social change”. I’m very lucky to be able to do what I do best (graphic design) for the people and organizations I respect the most (activists) who are working towards a better world.

Our family lives in a wonderful cohousing community in North Oakland that we call it The Orchard for all the fruit trees. There are eight children who have all been coming up together in our community, so I’ve been reading kids books for a while. But when I became a father myself however, having books that reflected my values that were also fun to read became very important.

I originally just wrote A is for Activist for my son. But friends encouraged me to print more of them, so after a successful kickstarter campaign, I self-published it. It almost immediately sold out, and I had to decide what to do next. That’s when I was introduced to Seven Stories Press. With their help, we took A is for Activist to the next level. Then we worked with Martha Gonzalez (from the Grammy Award winning East LA band Quetzal) on a Spanish language adaptation. Then Swedish translation came out from Oppenheim förlag. And in the Fall of 2015, they published my second book, Counting on Community.

Following those successes, I started writing picture books. My Night in the Planetarium, a true story about Indonesia, the Art of Resistance, and how we overcome a dictatorship, came out in 2016, and The Wedding Portrait, a story about why sometimes we break the rules, is in stores as of October, 2017.

I’m also on the editorial team of M is for Movement, a site dedicated to social justice and activist themed children’s books.

So stay tuned. We’re just getting started :).