Ryan SanAngelo grew up in both Beacon Falls and Southbury, CT. The Pomperaug High graduate received his B.A. in Media Communications at Western CT State University in December 2000. As a sophomore in college, Ryan took a Children’s Literature class as an elective. Little did he know at the time that class would change his life. The final project called for the students to write their own stories. As a result, Ryan wrote A Boy Named Eddie, Who Shared His Spaghetti.
After having his story rejected by a handful of publishers, Ryan’s parents urged him to take a one night class called How To Get Published. Taking the class was an excellent idea, as that’s where Ryan met Clay Winters, president of Boyds Mills Press, a Highlights Co. A week or so after handing Clay his story, Ryan received a call that the publisher was interested in his story. Boyds Mills Press eventually published the book in 2002, renaming it “Spaghetti Eddie.” The illustrations were provided by the amazingly talented Jackie Urbanovic, who made the book look better than Ryan could have ever imagined.
Since the book’s publication, Ryan has conducted author visits at venues throughout New England and beyond. He has delighted audiences with his charismatic performances showcasing both his book, his discussions, and his lively and colorful music. In 2011 Ryan published his 2nd book, Bye Bye Balloon, under his own company Little King Press. Ryan continues to read his books and perform his songs at kid-related venues, primarily throughout New England. Ryan looks forward to turning more of his stories into books soon.
Ryan has been playing the guitar and bass guitar since he was 14. He was always more interested in writing his own songs as opposed to mastering other people’s songs. His music differs from other children's music because it incorporates influences from other performers not associated with kids music. Ryan has been very inspired by the creativity and energy of rock groups such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, as well as rap groups like the Beastie Boys and Run DMC.
Ryan’s blend of rock and rap music for children is very colorful. His songs are filled with witty rhymes, catchy melodies, positive messages, and above all, his lively and humorous personality. Ryan always wanted to be a rock star, now he gets to be a rock star for children, who he says are the greatest audience of all.
Ryan has a Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. He is certified to teach grades K-6. Ryan also has a Bachelors degree in Media Communications from Western CT State University.
Ryan has been a first grade teacher, a media specialist, and a tutor.