Ramona Moreno Winner
Ramona Moreno Winner is an award winning author and publisher of bilingual books for children with multicultural themes. She entered the publishing industry in 1996 girded with lots of tenacity as well as skills in writing, public relations and marketing. Through trial and error, she has built a successful, small publishing company whose goal is to empower children and expand their knowledge of other cultures.
A member of the local Toast Masters Club, Ramona is a dynamic speaker and has traveled to different states presenting to children, teachers, librarians and parent groups. Her bilingual delivery allows a wider audience to enjoy her stories and learn her precious lessons. Ramona’s award winning titles include the following:
The Wooden Bowl – El bol de Madera, a retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale #78. Diego teaches his parents a lesson on how to treat his aging grandfather; the way the parents treat the grandfather now, is how Diego will be treating them when they become elderly and in need of care. This story carries a message for all generations. 2010 National Parenting Publications Honor Award Winner, 2010 International Book Awards – Award Winning Finalist in two categories: Parenting/Family and Children’s Picture Books, and 2010 International Latino Book Award.
Lucas and His Loco Beans, a bilingual tale of Mexican Jumping Beans. Children from all walks of life, all races, all religions, will enjoy this unique window into the world of a Hispanic grandfather and his grandson. The passing down of a simple treasure (the pleasure of playing with Mexican Jumping Beans) will make your heart sing as the grandfather shares this special gift. The story is in English and Spanish making this a book available for wider distribution. 2003 IPPY Award and 2003 Latino Book Award Winner!
Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos Sorprendentes de Todo el Mundo – An all-time favorite and the winner of the 2005 National Parenting Publications Gold Award and 2006 International Latino Book Award, is about a grandmother who cooks lunch for her grandson’s school friends. The menu is all but common. The children learn about foods from other countries. They learn a great lesson on tolerance and learn the value of trying new things.
It’s Okay To Be Different! ¡Esta Bien Ser Diferente! Is a wonderful book that allows children to compare without criticism? Children learn the many differences they will find from one individual to the next. The fact that we eat and taste things in a manner unique to each person, that we smell things in our own unique way, and that we look different are all addressed in this book. Ramona encourages children to celebrate the differences in themselves and others by reminding them that it is Okay To Be Different! This book received a great review by Archbishop Desmund Tutu and sales at the United Nations Books Shop have been steady for several years.
Ramona offers presentations on diversity and sensitivity to educators and students of all ages.
A world traveler, Ramona has shared her multicultural stories with children around the world. She has visited Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Seychelles, India, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Portugal.
Ramona resides in Goleta, CA with her husband of 31 years and her two sons ages 17 and 24. She loves to read and is thrilled at the opportunity to learn something new. Her days are filled with her publishing work and caring for her family.