Pam Munoz Ryan

The author of Esperanza Rizing and many more books.

Her Inspiration

Pam's grandmother's name was Esperanza. That is how she got the name Esperanza. Her grandmother Esperanza was an immigrant herself which also was in the story. her grandma told her stories when she was a little girl. Esperanza means hope.

About Pam

Pam Munoz Ryan was born on Christmas day in 1951. She was born in San Joaquin Valley, where she grew up. She later received her masters degree at San Diego State University. Pam celebrates her Hispanic heritage in many of her literary works. She also raised four children with her husband.