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


Award Winning Author visits Burbank Airport

October 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Children's books | Leave a comment
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Autographing Books at Bob Hope Burbank Airport

This past Sunday, October 3, 2010 I had the opportunity to visit The Bob Hope Burbank Airport’s CNBC News store, one of The Paradies Shops airport stores where I signed books for customers between flights.

Who would have thought Mexican Jumping Beans and my book Lucas and His Loco Beans would be such a hit!  People, young and old were enthralled to hear about what makes a jumping bean jump.

Among those shopping for a special gift was a fifth grade elementary school teacher from Northern California who was interested in purchasing a copy of Lucas and His Loco Beans for a daughter-in-law teaching a dual language first grade class.  When she found that the book offered a section on the biology of the jumping beans, she bought one for herself as well.

One of my customers was wanting something special for Christmas and was thrilled to learn that if she put the jumping beans in her refrigerator crisper, they would hibernate and would be fresh when she removed them, wrapped them, and tucked them under the tree.  From personal experience, small children go wild when they hear the jumping beans clicking under the tree!

Lucas and His Loco Beans can be found at The Paradies Shops in the following airports:

Boise, ID; Burbank, CA; Dallas, TX;  Houston, TX;  Long Beach, CA; Midland, TX;  Palm Springs, CA; Phoenix, AZ;  Portland, OR; Reno, NV;  Sacramento, CA;  San Francisco, CA;  Santa Ana, CA;  Sacramento, CA;  Spokane, WA;  Tucson, AZ

If you find yourself passing through any of these airports, don’t miss out on purchasing a book and beans for someone special in your life.

The retail price of the book is $15.95 and jumping beans $3.95.

ISBN:  9780965117418

For more of my titles visit: Website

Book Awards:  2003 IPPY and 2002 Latino Book Award Winner!

Mexican Jumping Beans

August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Children's books | Leave a comment
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Lucas and His Loco Beans – A Tale of the Mexican jumping beans.

Stock up on your copies of Lucas and His Loco Beans, a Tale of the Mexican jumping beans.  Beans will be available for purchase within the next week or two at:

Lucas and His Loco Beans has been a favorite of students and teachers across the country.  It is an award winning bilingual title with a dynamic cultural and science base.

Lucas’ and his abuelo trek up into the mountains in search of the loco beans abuelo played with as a youth.  Join Lucas on this adventure as he learns what makes the jumping beans jump.

The National Science Teachers’ Association has developed curriculum for this book that can be found in their More Picture Perfect Science Lessons.  See how the book and beans are used in the classroom:


Meet the Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, and learn more about this wonderful title:

See for yourself how school children LOVE learning about jumping beans!

Purchase your copies by visiting our website:

Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

May 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity | 2 Comments
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Diversity in the Classroom

We need only to look around in the classroom to see faces that are so different than our own.  With these faces come different cultures and traditions.  How can we begin learning about each other?  By incorporating cultural information into daily curriculum.  This is not as hard as one would think.  In the next few paragraphs, I’ll show you how!

Just about every school has a unit on metamorphosis.  Instead of studying the butterfly, let’s study the Mexican Jumping Bean.  Yes, you read correctly, jumping beans!  Rather than watching a jar filled with twigs and a still pupa, the students will observe a moving seed carpal (seed segment) sporting larva that eventually go dormant, undergo metamorphosis, and release a moth.  Grown in the high Sonora dessert of Mexico, these magical seeds grow on tall bushes up in the mountains where they are harvested in early summer.  In the classroom they can be used in Math to calculate the frequency and distance a seed moves, in Science to experiment how heat and cold affect movement, in English to introduce Folklore, and in Geography when exploring the wonders of our world.  With each application, students have an opportunity to learn a bit about Mexican culture and the frijoles saltarines.

What is the origin or your name?  My name, Ramona, means great beauty.  Not Really – ha ha!  Ramona is Germanic or Spanish in origin and means wise or protector.  My son Lucas is a bringer of light and the origins of that name is Latin.  The name Layla is Arabic and means night.  What fun can be had in researching the origin of names in a classroom and celebrating each finding.

I love a crispy, hot french fry.  Where do you think the potato originates from?  Let your students guess and see what they come up with.

I have been teaching workshops on cultural diversity for several years now and I enjoy seeing the faces of educators light up when they realize how simple it is to incorporate cultural learning into everyday learning.  I am thrilled to receive emails from teachers telling me how they used the information we shared in a workshop with their students and how this led to some wonderful discussion.

I hope I have sparked your interest and you will join me again at this site to explore different cultures.

“Diversity is not about how we differ.
Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
Ola Joseph (inspirational speaker)

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