Her first job out of college was being a teacher. (Teachers are the true heroes in my world!) She started writing later, and has written many, many award winning books. Esperanza Rising won the Pura Belpré award!
One thing I most appreciated learning about Ms Ryan is that her ancestors were all together, working on the farms during the Depression. Both Oklahomans fleeing the dust bowl, and Mexican immigrants went to the farms of California, hoping to find work.
And I loved the story she tells at the end of Esperanza Rising, about the medical tech being so concerned about her having the antibodies for "Valley Fever", and her total unconcern with that (as she was raised in The Valley that spawned Valley Fever!)
We'll talk more later about the language issue. In the English version of the book, Esperanza and all her friends and family seem to be speaking English. We're reading what they're saying in English. But toward the end of the book, Esperanza mentions that people around her are speaking English, and it bothers her that she doesn't know what they're saying. I love that Ms Ryan is so bilingual that she can bring up this issue.
Here are some of the books by Pam Muñoz Ryan that we have in our library catalog:
- Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride
- Armadillos Sleep In Dugouts, And Other Places Animals Live
- Arroz Con Frijoles-- Y Unos Amables Ratones : Mice, And Beans
- Becoming Naomi León
- A Box Of Friends
- ¡California, Aquí Vamos! : California, Here We Come!
- California, Here We Come! : ¡California, Aquí Vamos!
- The Crayon Counting Book
- Esperanza Renace : Esperanza Rising
- Esperanza Rising : Esperanza Renace
- The Flag We Love
- Hello Ocean! : Hola Mar
- ¡Hola Mar! : Hello Ocean!
- How Do You Raise A Raisin?
- Mice, And Beans : Arroz Con Frijoles-- Y Unos Amables Ratones
- Mud Is Cake
- Nacho And Lolita : Nacho Y Lolita
- Nacho Y Lolita : Nacho And Lolita
- Nuestra California : Our California
- One Hundred Is A Family
- Our California : Nuestra California
- Paint The Wind : Pinta El Viento
- A Pinky Is A Baby Mouse, And Other Baby Animal Names
- Pinta El Viento : Paint The Wind
- Riding Freedom
- There Was No Snow On Christmas Eve
- When Marian Sang: The True Recital Of Marian Anderson, The Voice Of A Century