Unusual Foods for this Holiday?

What is common in one culture may be strange in another.  If you celebrate your holiday with an unusual food, let me know!  In my book Freaky Foods From Around the World - Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo, children learn to keep an open mind and expand their tastes!


Abuela says:

When food is strange and quite unknown and not familiar like our own, don't squirm around making funny faces, because food comes from different places.  That's why it's different!

Si la comida es nueva y algo extraña. Y que no es igual a la acostumbrada. No se agiten ni pogan esa cara. Porque la comida de otras partes les parece rara. ¡Por eso es diferente!

Book Character Celebrates Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from Brainstorm 3000!

Ever wonder how authors create book characters?  This character's name is Lucas from Lucas and His Loco Beans and Freaky Foods From Around the World - Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo.  

I began writing about this character when my son Lucas was 10 years old.  Lucas is now 24 and towers over me!  The characters remain ageless, yet we continue to age!  But like us, they too get to celebrate holidays. 

We wish you peace and happiness.


I Don't Matter - Little Book with a BIG Message

I Don't Matter a Book Teaching Gratitude


I love when I come across a children's book with an empowering message.  I Don't Matter is about a young boy who feels less-than.  Although those around treat him with respect and love, he sees his cup half empty. That is, until his friend makes him rethink his situation.  He finds that he is important to many people in his life and is empowered by this knowledge.

If you see a child (of all ages) struggling, this is the perfect gift for him/her.  The text is bilingual (English/Spanish), and although simple to read, its message is powerful!

Another WELL DONE to Georgette Baker for a lovely book.

Award Winning Author Donates 3000 copies of The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera to Promote Literacy

Publisher and author, Ramona Moreno Winner, donated 3000 copies of her award winning, bilingual (English/Spanish) book, The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera to Education Begins in the Home.  The books were donated to Edward Becerra, the organizing force behind this wonderful movement of promoting literacy, on October 3, 2016.

Education Begins in the Home is a program whose mission is to help the literacy level of elementary school students, as studies have shown that reading at this level is key to a student’s success in school overall.   Falling under the umbrella of Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit corporation 501©(3) whose cause is promoting reading as a means of improving lives, both professionally and personally, Education Begins in the Home will make these books available to students in the county of San Diego, and children attending Latino Book and Family Festivals throughout the United States. 



The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera is a wonderful story on respect; a story that has been retold over the years throughout different cultures.  Diego, the main character in the book, is thrilled to have his grandfather come to live with his family.  He now has a partner in crime! When having to care for Abuelo becomes stressful for the parents, they begin to treat him poorly.  Diego makes his parents realize that how they treat Abuelo now, is how they can expect to be treated when they grow old and are in need of care. 

“I have been involved with the Latino Book and Family Festival since 1996 and a member of The International Society of Latino Authors for two years.  Since 2003, my children’s books have been awarded various International Latino Book Awards through Latino Literacy Now.  I am a strong supporter of cultural learning and the promotion of literacy programs.” Says Mrs. Winner.  “It is with pleasure that I donate copies of The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera for distribution to students who could otherwise not afford them.  I challenge other publisher to do the same.”

Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, is the president of Brainstorm 3000, a publishing company located in Goleta, CA.  You can view Ramona’s other titles at www.brainstorm3000.com.



CABE 2016

California Association for Bilingual Educators Conference in San Francisco, CA 2016

Three days of signing books, meeting people, presenting workshops, sitting on author panels, and reconnecting with friends.

I presented a workshop on How to Incorporate Cultural Learning into Daily Curriculum.  I had a room packed with teachers K-12.  We had a great time!

Carpinteria Family School Students full of Curiosity!


Questions, questions, and more questions!

I had the pleasure of presenting to students of Carpinteria Family School and sharing my book, Lucas and His Loco Beans on the Mexican jumping beans.  The students, grades K - 5, were very curious, not only about the jumping beans, but about writing and publishing.  

I was impressed by the programming offered at this school.  Well done, Carpinteria Family School!



Dr. Sue Shook Elementary - School Visit

Here we go Again!

I had the pleasure of once again visiting Dr. Sue Shook Elementary on October 14, 2015.  I had visited this school several years prior when attending a conference in El Paso.  Thank you, Ms. Aguirre, for the return invitation!  I had a blast with your students.


School Assemblies in El Paso

My visit to Herrera Elementary in El Paso

I had a lovely time presenting to the dual language students at Herrera Elementary on October 15th.  The students were wonderful and I was received with unrivaled Texas hospitality!  

Thank you to the following students for the lovely cards:

Alessandra Moreno - I am glad the books make you laugh.

Ana Paula Munoz - I loved your school and sorry I did not bring live crickets!

Virginia Carrillo - Yes, they could call them "worm beans" however; since the larva is in a seed segment, they would have call it "larva seed."

Laila Gonzalez - When they prepare a skunk, they remove the scent gland so the meat is not smelly.  Probably takes like beef.

Sidhartha Giner - Dicen que la tarantula tiene el sabor de  cangrejo.

Femanda Chavez - Ojala comistes un grillo.

Gael YaHir Contreras - Hope you got your wish to see Mr. Reyes eat a cricket!

Jennifer Hernandez - Disfrute la visita.

Giovanni Alonzo - I am hoping you now know that there is a "larva" inside the seed segment.  Eating insects is not for everyone!

Isabella Rascon - I loved my visit with your school.

Victoria Gonzalez - I hope you were able to sample a cricket.

Vivian Carrillo - Crickets taste like the toasted sunflower seeds.  The trick to to make them crunchy.

Cinthya Ninez - Perhaps I will one day see your name on a book as the author!

Thelma - In some countries they eat grasshoppers, some crickets, some locust.  All have protein. 

Chapter Book Spiced with British Culture

Wishapick - Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk

I recently read Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk and found it quite entertaining.  This children's chapter book takes the reader to another world where Jack and his sister, Lily, interact with animal characters, both good and evil.  The story has an inspiring message and teaches children how to gather their wits when confronted with adverse situations.  To boot, there is a music CD that accompanies the book.  I can imagine reading a couple chapters each day in a classroom, listening to one of the songs, and having students write about the experience. 


For information on purchasing this wonderful combo visit:  www.wishapick.com

Celebrate Older American Month in May!

I read The Wooden Bowl to a group of 2nd grade students and then had them do an exercise.  They were asked several questions on aging.  These are a couple questions and responses as they wrote them.

  • Why do people get grey hair?  "Because people take showers a lot and their hair starts to fade."  "Because there hair has been there for so long it rots."
  • Why do people get wrinkles?  "Because they get wrinkled skin because they have lived long and the titnes goes away." "Because they move so much when their little but now their old."
  • How can you help an old person:  "By taking them to plases."  "I can help an older person by picking up something that they can't pick up, running to grab the phone, and just plain behaving." "Respect them and be nice to them."

I now know that I should wash my hair less to avoid grey hair (too late), that I should move through life slowly to avoid wrinkles, and that I can count on some young person to pick something up for me when I can no longer bend over.  AH, the Golden Years!


Camas, WA students get Jumping Bean Experience!

3rd grade students of Helen Baller Elementary School in Camas, WA learn about Mexican Jumping Beans.

What makes a jumping bean jump?  Where are they found?  How long will they jump for? these were some of the questions posed to me as I presented on my book, Lucas and His Loco Beans.  The students learned about the life cycle of the jumping bean moth, they became familiar with region jumping beans thrive in, and they pick up a few words in Spanish.  Our visit culminated in the sharing of beans they were able to take home to share with their families.

Thank you Helen Baller Elementary for the wonderful visit!

CABE Conference 2015

Authors Introduce Children's Bilingual Books

CABE 2015 in San Diego, CA, March 4-6, was well attended by 4000+ bilingual educators and administrators from across the United States.  The award winning authors below introduced their children's bilingual books and spoke about writing, publishing, and their love for the craft.

Cecilia Velástequi, Ramona Moreno Winner, Georgette Baker, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, René Colato Laínez

Cecilia Velástequi, Ramona Moreno Winner, Georgette Baker, Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, René Colato Laínez

Global Cultural Trivia Wins Book Award!

Global Cultural Trivia wins Moonbeam ebook award

I was pleasantly surprised to receive notice that our Global Cultural Trivia book was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the non-fiction ebook category.

The Moombeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.  The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians - and to children themselves.  For a list of Award Winners visit:  http://www.moonbeamawards.com

Global Cultural Trivia allows middle grade students to explore contributions of other cultures that make up our America culture.  This educational, fun, and interactive book is an ibook that can be found on iTunes at this address: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/global-cultural-trivia/id791794849?mt=11