Ms. Ryan

We were so excited to learn that one of our favorite authors, Pam Munoz Ryan, will be the speaker for this years Youth Writer’s Conference at Calvin College.  We have read most of her novels, Raising Naomi Leon, Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, and The Dreamer, and a few of her picture books.

In preparation for hearing her speak, I got on the library’s website to see what books of hers they had,that we hadn’t yet read.  The picture book When Marian Sings is a true story of an African American opera singer from the 1930’s.  We fell in love with her story and the beautiful pictures from Brian Selznick.  After reading the book, we put on a CD and listened to her sing.  And boy, could she sing!






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