Derek Munson works as a writer, a speaker, and an all-around daydreamer. His hobbies include wilderness exploration, long-distance skateboarding, and the martial art of Aikido. He lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife Suzanne, his princess daughter Abigail, and his pirate son Ziggy.
Derek has been doing workshops and presentations for children for more than five years. He has presented to more than 100,000 students at public schools, private schools and libraries. He has also presented at teacher and librarian conferences.
Derek is a member of the National Speakers Association and SCBWI, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators of Western Washington. He maintains a clearance through the Washington State Patrol - Background Check Program.
Enemy Pie , Derek’s first children’s book, has won the following awards:
- 2004 Nevada Young Readers’ Award Nomination
- 2004-2005 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee ( Tennessee)
- 2003 Nebraska Golden Sower Children’s Choice Book Award Winner, Second Place
- 2003 Peace Education Fund Children’s Book Award Winner
- 2003 Missouri Show-Me Award Winner, Second Place
- 2003 Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee
- 2002-2003 Utah Children’s Picture Book Award Nominee
- 2002 Children’s Choices, Picture Book Award Nomination
- 2001-2002 Children’s Choice Award Nominee: New York
- 2001-2002 Children’s Choice Award Nominee: N. Carolina
- 2001-2002 Children’s Choice Award Nominee: Maryland
- 2001-2002 Children’s Choice Winner: Montana
- FEATURED BOOK: Reading Rainbow—PBS