Virtual Event: Pam Munoz Ryan - Horace Mann Upstanders Award Book Talk and Signing

Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award
Pam Muñoz Ryan is the 2021 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award recipient for Mañanaland.
In conversation with Children's Book World's Brein Lopez
Thursday May 20, 2021
6:00 pm (PT) / 9:00 pm (ET)
LIVE Webinar / FREE
A link will be emailed upon book purchase,
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Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, and the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, EchoEsperanza RisingThe DreamerRiding FreedomBecoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. 
In Mañanaland (Scholastic Press, March 3, 2020), Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery. Córdoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow. If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he'd make Santa Maria's celebrated fútbol team and whether he'd ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papá won't talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secretinvolving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing a neighboring country to safetyhe decides to seek answers on his own. With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds. This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity.

“We are preparing children to meet not only their neighborhood, but a much broader existence, filled with people from all walks of life, who speak many languages, whose families originated from many different countries and cultures,” said 
Pam Muñoz Ryan. “We can't always just look at someone—at their countenance, their clothing, or the color of their skin—and comprehend their life experience. We often have to first hear a person's story before the seeds of understanding take hold.”


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