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Pam Muñoz Ryan      

NYT Bestselling Author Known for "Esperanza Rising" & "Becoming Naomi León"

Pam Muñoz Ryan is an American author and the 2018 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is the author of ECHO, a Newbery Honor book and the recipient of the Kirkus Prize.

She has written over forty books, which include picture books, early readers and the novels “Esperanza Rising,” “Becoming Naomi León,” “Riding Freedom,” “Paint the Wind,” “The Dreamer,” “Echo,” Mañanaland,” and “Solimar.”

She is the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award.

Other selected honors include the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and the Orbis Pictus Award. She was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from San Diego State University and lives near San Diego with her family.

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