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:

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:

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:

San Diego AEYC Keynote - Big Hit!

"Thank you for sharing with us!  It was a wonderful Keynote!"

Carolyn Kori Sanders, San Diego AEYC

Over 100 educators of the San Diego Association for Education of Young Children gathered in Chula Vista, CA, October 11, 2014, for their Fall Conference featuring Keynote speaker, Ramona Moreno Winner, who presented on Planting Seeds of Acceptance.  

Participants participated in an activity on labeling and biases.

Afterwards, they were introduced to:

  • Dental hygiene in different cultures.
  • Sampled Miswak/Siwak - teeth cleaning tools.
  • The mystery behind Mexican Jumping Beans.
  • The Wooden Bowl - a lesson in respecting our elderly
  • Mental illness across cultures
  • Inspirational story on how to nurture  caring/open child.

We laughed, we cried, and we learned to appreciate the differences in each other.

For information on Ramona’s workshops visit