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Author Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books. She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. In 2015 her title Echo made The New York Times Best Seller List. She also won a Kirkus Prize in the children's literature category with her title 'Echo'. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Becoming Naomi León 2,677 copies, 99 reviews
Riding Freedom 2,208 copies, 44 reviews
Echo 1,501 copies, 95 reviews
The Dreamer 1,081 copies, 83 reviews
Hello Ocean 1,005 copies, 41 reviews
The Flag We Love 991 copies, 11 reviews
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride 819 copies, 47 reviews
Paint the Wind 807 copies, 19 reviews
Mice and Beans 686 copies, 31 reviews
Tony Baloney: School Rules 254 copies, 2 reviews
A Pinky Is a Baby Mouse 248 copies, 8 reviews
The Crayon Counting Book 240 copies, 1 review
Mañanaland 213 copies, 12 reviews
One Hundred Is a Family 199 copies, 10 reviews
Tony Baloney 186 copies, 7 reviews
Nacho and Lolita 147 copies, 13 reviews
Tony Baloney Buddy Trouble 130 copies, 1 review
Our California 102 copies, 16 reviews
Tony Baloney: Pen Pal 92 copies, 1 review
Mud Is Cake 79 copies, 6 reviews
How Do You Raise a Raisin? 42 copies, 2 reviews
California Here We Come! 31 copies, 1 review
A Box of Friends 31 copies, 5 reviews
The Gift Of The Magi And Other Stories (Scholastic Classics) (Introduction, some editions) 703 copies, 3 reviews
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants (Contributor) 175 copies, 5 reviews
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