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Award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan captivates Landrum Middle School students

New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan recently visited students at Landrum Middle School to talk about the power of literacy and share her new book, “Solimar.”

Author of acclaimed books like “Echo,” “Esperanza Rising” and “Mañanaland,” Muñoz Ryan captivated students with her life story and focus on Latin culture. Having not always been the greatest reader or writer, she shared how she kept working on it and encouraged students to do the same. For her, reading and writing are keys to success.

"The more students read and the wider breadth of books that they read, it opens their eyes to the bigger world,” Muñoz Ryan, a former educator, said. “We are not raising students to be pedestrian readers. We want them to embrace the world. I think that the more literature we can make available to them, the more they will embrace humanity.”

Eddie Palmeros, KIPP Courage College Prep at Landrum Middle School student council president, recognizes the importance of reading and writing and had the opportunity to introduce Muñoz Ryan to his classmates.

“It’s very important that as students we learn from literature to understand how the world works,” Palmeros said. “Reading affects your daily life, and stories can make an impact.”  

In Spring Branch ISD, literacy is a district priority. For our students to have the best shot at T-2-4 success, they need to read on or above grade level by third grade. That’s why literacy is the priority focus, not only in early grades, but in every grade, until our students cross the stage, diploma in hand.

Thank you, Pam Muñoz Ryan, for spending time with our students and sharing in our commitment to literacy for Every Child!