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by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

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Roni's books: Roni's ability to relate to children and adults, in English as well as Spanish, is another of her gifts as evidenced by the over 60,000 books already sold. Her newest book, My Tata's Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata, as well as her first two, My Nana's Remedies/Los remedios de mi nana and Hip, Hip, Hooray, It's Monsoon Day!/¡Ajúa, ya llegó el chubasco! are all equally wonderful tools for teachers. These books can be used from Kindergarten through 8th grades, even high school. All three books are tools to preserve languages, cultures and traditions. Some unique aspects are the colorful, culturally appropriate artwork, in addition to the scientific/historical facts contained in the extended information glossary found at the back of each book.

These books are excellent for Dual Language, ESL, SSL, English or Spanish classes, to promote family literacy, cultural awareness and the preservation of family traditions as well as natural healing remedies.

Cinco Puntos Press, Roni's newest publisher, publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world! www.cincopuntos.com

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Roni's 1st publisher, is an internationally renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! www.desertmuseum.org

A Note from Roni: "I take threads from the child within me and blend them with the adult I've become. Then, I weave them into stories which are the tapestries of life. These I share from my heart to yours. My goal is to make my books available to children, families, educators, librarians, healers, scientists, historians - readers everywhere.... to build bridges of communication amongst all peoples through literacy, thus promote acceptance and eliminate discrimination; to be instrumental in solidifying the idea that there is ONE race, the HUMAN RACE. My books invite discussion of family traditions, remedies, language and culture. I invite everyone to open the door of opportunity to learn about and embrace their own mixture of ethnicities, cultures & heritage, and walk toward respecting those of others." Roni

Roni is the author chosen for the 2009 Winner of the Judy Goddard/Libraries, Ltd. Award for an Arizona Children's Author/Illustrator


Roni's background: Born to a pioneering Jewish family, grew up in Nogales, Arizona, on the U.S. - Mexico border. Roni's great-grandparents came to the U.S. as immigrants from across the ocean: France, Poland, Romania and Russia. Her stories come from her childhood days growing up in the Sonoran Desert, in a bilingual, multicultural world, where she still lives and writes. Her husband of 43 years, high school sweetheart and soul mate, Danny, is "the wind beneath her wings", as she puts it.

Danny's grandmother, Nana María, was an immigrant from Magdalena, Sonora, México; and his great-grandparents came from Spain and Mexico. His paternal great-grandfather was born a slave, Isaiah Ashford, in Alabama.

Roni and Danny, as 2nd and 3rd generation children of immigrants, came from distinct regions of the world to meet in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. They have 3 adult children who are the child characters in both My Tata's Remedies and Monsoon stories; and an 18 year-old grandson.

Roni has spoken Spanish and English from birth and sometimes dreams in Spanish, too. She was a bilingual pre-school and elementary teacher and translator/interpreter for nearly 30 years. She also taught Pima College Extension night courses, earned her Librarian's Endorsement at the University of Arizona.

Roni now spends some of her time presenting family literacy, cultural awareness and diversity appreciation workshops in connection with her writing. Aside from spending time with family and friends, and writing, she enjoys yoga, watercolor painting, crocheting, cooking, arts-and-crafts. Some of her other favorite pastimes are spending serene time at the beach or the mountains, near the relaxing flow of water or fresh scent of pine trees.

Roni's dream: "...that my stories become available to children, families, schools and libraries everywhere.... to promote tolerance and eliminate discrimination; to help build bridges of communication. Intergenerational and intercultural awareness and acceptance amongst all peoples are threads woven throughout her writings. She hopes that through literacy, and her stories, people will embrace their similarities and respectfully acknowledge their differences."