Pam Muñoz Ryan is an author and the 2018 U.S. nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. She is the author of The New York Times best-seller, "Echo," a Newbery Honor book and the recipient of the Kirkus Prize. She has written over 40 books for children and young adults, including the novels "Esperanza Rising," "Becoming Naomi León," "Riding Freedom," "Paint the Wind," "The Dreamer" and "Mañanaland." She is the author recipient of the National Education Association's Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. Other selected honors include the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and the Orbis Pictus Award. Many of her stories reflect her half-Mexican heritage. Her newest book, "Solimar," launches at the festival.