School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner

August 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, School Assemblies, Science | Comments Off on School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner
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Lucas and His Loco Beans

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Dynamic, Interactive school assemblies in English and Spanish

Mexican Jumping Beans!

  • Bilingual story of the Mexican Jumping Bean – Lucas and His Loco Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

  • Life cycle of the Cydia deshaisiana – Mexican Jumping moth

  • On-screen presentation of natural environment of jumping beans – Alamos, Sonora, Mexico high desert region.

  • Students get to hold jumping beans to experience the twitching of the larva inside the seed segments.

Freaky Foods From Around the World

  • Bilingual story of foods from different cultures – Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo

  • On-screen presentation showing animals and insects from different parts of the world that humans dine on.

    Teacher Eating Cricket

    Teacher Eating Cricket

  • Discussion on what one culture considers common and what another culture considers unusual.

  • Students/teachers are offered a snack of baked crickets.

Meet Core Curriculum Requirements for Science, Natural History, and Language Arts

Costs:  $300 per assembly – 200 student max per assembly.  If Ramona is already in the area, no travel or lodging fees are charged.

To schedule your school assemblies or for copies of Ramona’s books contact us at

Professional Recommendations by School Administrators

– Mrs. Winner came to Hightower Elementary School, Plano, Texas and we had a fabulous time. The students thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s presentation, but I think their most favorite were the jumping beans and the freaky foods. Or perhaps it was watching their teachers eat a cricket, yummy. The students could not stop talking with excitement and had many questions afterwards. I appreciate Mrs. Winner’s taking the time to answer students questions and bringing such excitement and encouragement for writing to our students.

Stacy Lambert, Librarian,, Plano, TX

– The students at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary are “locos” about Mrs. Ramona Winner! Mrs. Winner’s interactive and hands-on presentation was both entertaining and educational. The students were fascinated with the Mexican Jumping Bean and eager to learn about its life cycle. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit and her tasty cricket treats were a big hit!  Thank you for sharing your love of reading and writing with our students. I know your visit inspired our young writers to become future authors.

Sandra M Aguirre,, El Paso, TX

– Ramona Winner provides engaging, innovative presentations that include science concepts, humor, and are fast paced and hands-on! Our students and teachers are still talking about how wonderful the assemblies were! Book this author and motivating presenter for your school today!

Patricia Peinado, E.L. Foster Elementary, Ventura, CA

–  I expected a good presentation, we got a GREAT presentation!  The cultural component was exceptional.

Lee Warner, Principal, Lincoln Elementary, Ventura, CA 805/641-5438.

–  Ramona Moreno Winner is truly a winner!  She is an author with more than one talent.  She not only is well written but is also well spoken in a manner that can engage children of many ages.  Ramona’s books are well written and provide an avenue for many teaching opportunities.  The bilingual text expands the usability of the books to Spanish/bilingual programs.  Her creative stories with details and factual text along with a slide show of the books’ origins provide a connection to many fiction and non-fiction opportunities.  We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit.  A word of warning:  she may convince you to eat a cricket!!!  I did and lived to write about it!

Carol Stanford, Gladys F. Polk Elementary, Freeport, TX, Information Science Specialist  @ 979/730-7200

– Our students and parents really enjoyed Senora Winner at our Parent night. She read, discussed her stories and passed out jumping beans for everyone to hold. She also gave us delicious crunchy bugs to eat; the students thought that was Awesome!

Pam deFiebre, Teacher Librarian, Barnes Elementary School, Beaverton, OR 503/672-3500



Freaky Foods From Around the World – Chicken Feet!

March 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Chicken Feet, Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, Tolerance and Acceptance | Leave a comment

On today’s menu are chicken feet.  As listed in my book, Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo, many cultures eat chicken feet.Freaky Cover Ä.indd

Here are some reported on Wikipedia:

  • In Trinidad, the chicken feet are cleaned, seasoned, boiled in seasoned water, and left to soak with cucumbers, onions, peppers and green seasoning until cool. It is eaten as a party dish called chicken foot souse.
  • In South Africa, chicken feet are mainly eaten in Townships in all nine provinces, where they are known as “walkie talkies” (together with the head,intestine,hearts and giblets) and “chicken dust”, respectively.[5] They are mostly prepared and eaten in the inner cities and townships. The feet are submerged in hot water, so the outer layer of the skin can be removed by peeling it off and then covered in seasonings and grilled. The name “chicken dust” derives from the dust chickens create when scratching the ground with their feet.
  • In Jamaican cuisine, chicken feet are mainly used to make soup, known as chicken foot soup. The soup contains yams, potatoes, green/yellow banana, dumplings and special spices in addition to the chicken feet, and is slow cooked for a minimum of two hours.
  • Chicken feet are a popular ingredient across Mexico, particularly in stews and soups. They are often steamed to become part of a main dish with rice, vegetables and most likely another part of the chicken, such as the breast or thighs. The feet can be seasoned with mole sauce. On occasion, they are breaded and fried.

Try out this yummy recipe:

Explore the origins of chickens

complements of Wikipedia

Red Junglefowl

Red Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical  member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken , with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl whose origins are Tamil Nadu, South India.


Tamil Nadu, South India

The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs.

The range of the wild form stretches from Tamil Nadu, South India (where it has almost certainly been diluted with cross breeding from domestic breeds) eastwards across southern China and into Malaysia, The Philippines (where it is locally known as labuyo) and Indonesia. Junglefowl are established on several of the Hawaiian Islands, but these are feral descendents of domestic chickens. They can also be found on Christmas Island and the Marianas.Asia

Author Comments

In making my book, I tried a chicken feet recipe from China.  I now see that I did not clip the toe nails off correctly.  I guess I just gave them a little trim!  Ha ha.

Please share with me your recipes on chicken feet or your experience eating this unusual dish.

Foster Grandparents Introduced to Different Cultures

October 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity, Inpirational, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Santa Maria Foster Grandparents meet author, Ramona Moreno Winner, and get introduced to different cultures.

A little book with a big message – The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera tugged at hearts  as Ramona introduced this Grimm’s Fairy Tale that has cropped up in many different cultures.  The Wooden Bowl is about a family who learns to care for a frail grandfather (and ultimately each other) with love and respect.

Things got hopping as Ramona introduced – Lucas and His Loco Beans a tale of the Mexican jumping Beans.  A grandfather takes his grandson up into the mountains and teaches him all about the jumping beans he played with as a child. 

All these books make Foster Grandparents hungry for Freaky Foods From Around the World.  A world-traveling grandmother decides to whip up unusual dishes for her grandson’s class.  On the menu are foods such as beef tongue, frog legs, rat, and among other things, crickets.  Fearless leaders began the sampling until others in the audience got into the action!  Yum!!!

These are fun, educational, bilingual books all grandchildren will enjoy.

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Author visits the Tri-Counties Regional Center’s Foster Grandparents

October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Elder care, Inpirational | Leave a comment
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Ramona Moreno Winner, Author of The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera, presented her books to an audience of 48 Foster Grandparents in Oxnard, CA on Friday, October  19, 2012.  The book carries a message promoting respect and caring for our elderly.

Ramona’s two other titles, introducing foods from different cultures and the Mexican jumping beans were also introduced as they both build on learning from a grandparent.

Foster Grandparent Program is one of Senior Corps’ (a corporation for national and community service)   programs that connects today’s 55+ with the people and organization that need them most.  The Foster Grandparents in the audience work with children in local schools assisting the most vulnerable students – many with development disabilities in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley and Oxnard.

Ramona has been writing and publishing children’s bilingual books since 1996.  Her books have multicultural themes so children can learn about different cultures.  You can visit Ramona’s website at:

With the Wooden Bowl, Ramona wishes to make social change, One Reader at a Time.

Celebrating Diversity at Teaching Learning Conference, Gaston NC

August 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity, Cultural Diversity Workshops | Leave a comment
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Celebrating Diversity at Teaching and Learning Conference

Educators attending the Teaching and Learning  Conference in Gaston County, NC on August 8 & 9, 2012 joined Ramona Moreno Winner in

Ramona presented


  • Global Awareness
  • Tolerance and Acceptance and
  • Cultural Trivia in the Classroom

Comments from educators:
Ramona Winner makes learning about different cultures interactive an entertaining.  She is like having a conversation with someone in your living room – comfortable and easy going.  She is a wealth of knowledge about cultural ideas and practices.  Miranda –

Excellent presentation.  Engaging and memorable.  Jennifer –

Very knowledgeable about global hygiene, food, and other cultural topics.  Ryan –

Awesome workshop.  Instructor was very knowledgeable of different cultures from around the world and visual aids helped her get the point across.  Would love to see her present again.  Chris –

Contact us at or call 805-448-7149 to schedule a Professional Development presentation.

The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera (reader comments)

March 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Book Reviews, Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Inpirational, School Assemblies | Leave a comment
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The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera

Comments from readers:

This is one of the sweetest stories that I have ever heard.  My mother is 85 years old and I am her primary caregiver.  Many times I have had to miss school (I am a 3rd grade teacher) to care for my mother.  I always apologize to my students and explain that “believe it or not, one day you will be where I am and need to be taking care of your parent.”  After watching this video, I forwarded the email to our school counselor and told her I would like to share this with with my class.  Thank you for finding such a sweet way to communicate the sad reality of life.

Donna L.


I never thought a story I could not hear from my computer, because I had difficulties with the sound, could be so heart-felt solely from viewing the illustrations of this book.  It momentarily brought my father, who resides in another city, home. Many times have I seen him do the things depicted in this book and so much more as I reflect on my coming years old age.  It hurts to see my father aging.  I would like to see him with the youth and vigor of past times, hear him tell of his life’s lessons and give him some of my energy, but this is not within my power.  However, there is something I can do: Share with him the anecdotes collected from my pre-school students.  He enjoys hearing how happy I am when my preschool students teach me lessons on life or how to become a better human being.

Thank you for sharing this story with me!    Olga Najera

Nunca pense que una historia que no pude escuchar por problemas de sonido en mi computadora me hiciera sentir lo que mi corazon sintio esta noche con tan solo ver las imagenes de este libro.Me trajo a mi señor padre a mi casa estando el en otra cuidad, cuantas veces lo he visto hacer estas cosas y mas, y he pensado en mi vejez. A mi  me duelen los años que mi padre tiene porque quisiera verlo unos años mas joven y volver el tiempo atras, para volver a oir sus enseñanzas, hoy en dia yo quisiera darle de mi energia, pero no puedo.Pero hay algo que si le puedo brindar: la Felicidad de mis anecdotas con mis alumnos de Pre kinder, el las disfruta al contarle lo inmensamente feliz que soy cuando mis alumnos me dan leccione de vida para yo seguir mejorando como ser humano en todos los aspectos.

Gracias Mil por compartir esta historia conmigo!!!!!

Olga Najera.

Such appreciation of a love and respect a grandchild has for his grandfather.  With this in mind, out of the mouth of babes comes the truth and realization of how as children we tend to forget that our parents accepted us as we were babies and growing up and understood that all the messes we made were part of who we were in the process of growing up.  May my children not forget what I, as a parent, so readily, willfuly, and lovingly,did cleaning up after them knowing that is was just part of the process of growing them up.  May they be so readily, wifuly and lovingly be accepting of my old age and my messes and clean up after me and show respect for me knowing that someday they will also be old and messy. Thank God for the hope this little story gave me.  The hope that when I get old my grandchildren will respect, love me, and accept what I have become.

Frances Molina

I listened to the story this morning and it brought tears to my eyes.  I do training for adults who work with children.  I also work on three reservations and I feel this book would be excellent as the Elderly are sacred.  I would share this book with child care providers both on and off the reservation.  It has beautiful lessons to be taught.

Barb Biwer

I enjoyed the story – it’s very touching! Sometimes it does take a child to open our eyes!

Barbara Stark

This book brought me to tears as it reminded me of the times I lost patience with my mom during her last year here with us.  Although I never put her aside from anything we did, I would become impatient when she did not respond or became “fussy”.  She was dealing with dementia during her last year and I only wish I had understood it better at the time.  I have many regrets now but, I am working through them.  I think this book is a wonderful tool for adults as well as for our youngsters.  If adults could see that the change in our lives in our senior years is liken to the beginning of our lives, perhaps they could understand the shortcomings of our senior citizens in a different light and  respond to them in a positive manner.  Thank you for writing this beautifully written, very sensitive and thought provoking book on a common every day occurrence that needs to be addressed.

Nancy Kalvin

I attended the National Family Literacy conference in San Diego last week and had a chance to visit with Ramona Moreno. I told her that I wanted to purchase a copy of The Wooden Bowl for my husband because we recently learned that my father-in-law had been diagnosed with COPD and that he and his brothers were having a difficult time dealing with their father getting older and his condition. I told her that I thought The Wooden Bowl would be a great gift so that they can keep in mind how important it is that no matter how frustrating and difficult it is to watch parents get old we need to treat them as we like being treated. My husband read the book the night I returned from the conference and thank me for his wonderful gift. He very much appreciated the story and the message conveyed in the story. Thank you Ramona for signing the copy for me. We will treasure this gift for a lifetime.


Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros Celebration

February 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, School Assemblies, Science | Leave a comment

Celebrate Dia de los Niños/Dia de los Libros with

Ramona Moreno Winner

School assemblies featuring Lucas and His Loco Beans (on the Mexican jumping beans) and Freaky Foods From Around the World (on foods from different cultures).Teachers pg1

Meets Core Curriculum Standards for

  • Science,

  • Natural History and

  • Language Arts

What is the strangest food you have eaten?

Have you ever had frog legs?  Why do you think people eat frog legs?

School Assemblies

Students learn about the Mexican jumping bean and the emergence of the Cydia saltitans)  a brown moth whose larva lives in a seed pod.

Memergingmothake learning fun by inviting Ramona to your Dia de los libros/Dia de los niños celebration!

What makes a jumping jump?

Where do jumping beans grow?

How long do jumping beans keep jumping?

Tell me about your experiences with jumping beans.

Contact us at to schedule your assemblies.

Diversity Workshop

November 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity, Cultural Diversity Workshops | Leave a comment
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Diversity Workshop for Teachers

Whose Classrooms Reflect Diverse Cultural Student Populations

  • What is Your Cultural Background?
  • What are the Cultural Backgrounds of Your Students?
  • Learn About Individualistic or Collectivistic Cultures – how they affect your teaching methods and how your students learn.

Empower students of all cultural backgrounds by incorporating cultural learning into daily curriculum.



For a detailed explanation of Ramona’s Workshop, please

Click here for Diversity Workshop

For any additional information, contact Beatrice at

Freaky Foods Visit El Paso, TX

November 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, School Assemblies | Leave a comment
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Author Shakes up El Paso!

Award Winning Author, Ramona Moreno Winner shakes up El Paso with her visit to Dr. Sue Shook Elementary on October 27th, where she introduced Mexican Jumping Beans and Freaky Foods From Around the World!

Ramona hooks students with crickets, then delivers an important message on learning about different cultures.  Teachers and students expanded their tastes on October 27th as they learned natural history information about animals used as food around the world.  See following clip:

That’s Not All!

Students learned what makes jumping beans jump, where they grow and the life cycle of the Cydia saltitans (jumping bean moth).  Students were then able to hold the seeds in their hands and feel the wiggling of the larva inside.

A Science lesson that includes all the senses.

The halls of Dr. Sue Shook Elementary were lined with pictures and stories written to Mrs. Winner about her books:

These read:

Picture on left:

I love your book becus I love your pichrs and I love the wrsz.  Are you mord?

Picture on right:

You are a great
author and it has a lot of detel.

To schedule a school assembly, contact

Latino Book and Family Festival

October 13, 2010 at 3:01 am | Posted in Book Awards, Children's books, Cultural Diversity | Leave a comment
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Books and People Galore!

The 2010 Latino Book and Family Festival held at CSU Los Angeles was packed with people, books, entertainers, musicians, over 100 Latino authors, celebrities and media.  I had many visitors at my booth purchasing Mexican jumping beans and copies of my books:  Lucas and His Loco Beans, Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos Sorprendentes de Todo el Mundo, and The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera. It was great to see the faces of people amazed by a Margarita glass filled with seeds in motion.

Saturday, we were well toasted by the constant sun, but that didn’t keep us from attending the awards dinner where we were thoroughly entertained by traditional Mexican dancers and Mariachi music.  Since I was not at the Awards Ceremony at in New York City in May, I was delighted to be presented with my plaque for the International Latino Book Award for Best Family/Parenting Bilingual Book for my title:  The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera.   I was not the only award winner, awards were also presented for books with potential for being turned into movies, documentaries and other media.

Lots of sun, lots of people, lots of celebrating equaled a great book festival.  I look forward to the 2011 Latino  Book and Family Festival

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