Pam Muñoz Ryan is the 2018 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen award, and the author of ECHO, the recipient of the Kirkus Prize and the Newbery Honor. She has written over forty books for young people—picture books, early readers, and novels. She has been honored with the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award, the Américas Award, the Pura Belpré medal, the PEN USA award, and many others. Her novels include Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi León, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and Echo. She lives in north San Diego County in California.