Author Study:

Pam Munoz Ryan

About:

Pam Munoz Ryan is a Mexican American author. She has written a number of award-winning and best-selling books for a variety of ages. Her books are filled with rich and diverse experiences and are Illuminated by her vivid and lyrical writing style. Her stories often feature strong and relatable female protagonists.

Classroom Integration

These books would all be great ways to integrate discussion of history and multiculturalism in the classroom.


When Marian Sang has the potential to prompt discussions about the Civil Rights Movements, and provides an example of an influential and inspirational African-American Woman.


Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride has the potential to prompt the discussion about Women's Rights, and traits including dedication and bravery that make up heroes.


Nacho and Lolita has the potential to prompt discussion of friendship, beauty, and folktales.

Classroom Integration

These books would be great ways to expose students to a variety of experiences, and show them that heroes can come in many forms. Furthermore, these books instill the importance of hard work and dedication to doing what you love in order to be successful.

The Dreamer has the potential to speak to the student who may not fit in with their world at large, through the genre of magical realism. This story is set in Chile, and connects to the poetry of Pablo Neruda.

Riding Freedom has the potential to prompt discussion of Women's rights and gender roles, as well as the traits of grit and resilience.

Becoming Naomi Leon has the potential to prompt discussion of appreciation of other cultures, and appreciating where you come from.

Awards & Notable Mentions

The Dreamer:

The PEN USA Award

The Pura Belpe Medal

The Americas Award

Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor

Scelte di Classe Prize, Italy

Nautilus Book Award GOLD

White Raven Outstanding International Book

NAIBA Carla Cohen Free Speech Award

National Parenting Publications Award GOLD

NCTE Notable Book in the Language Arts

NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book

IRA Notable Children's Books for a Global Society

Horn Book Fanfare Book of 2010

Book Industry Guild of New York (Best Book Design)

Kirkus Best Childrens Books of 2010

Smithsonian Notable Book

Booklist Editor's Choice 2010

Distinguished Lyrical Fictionalized Biography (Children's Literature Council)

Premio Letteratura Ragazzi


Riding Freedom

California Young Reader Medal

Teacher's Choice Award

The Willa Cather Award

Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award

Arkansas Young Reader Award Honor

Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award, Noteworthy

IRA Teachers' Choice

Becoming Naomi Leon

ALA Notable Children's Book

Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Books in the English Language Arts

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College

ALA Schneider Family Book Award

CCBC Children's Choice List

IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

Americas Award, Commended

Parents' Choice Silver Honor BOok

Skipping Stones Honor, Multicultural and International

When Marian Sang

ALA Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Bank Street College)

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction

Norman A. Sugarman Award for Distinguished Biography

NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride

ALA Notable Children's Book

NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book

IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Nacho And Lolita

Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

In her own words:

"People frequently ask me, 'What is your motivation to write?' The answer is simple. I want the reader to turn the

page."