The Author

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

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Mrs. Rivera-Ashford is an accomplished international bilingual award-winning Author. Roni's has ability and natural gift to relate to children and adults in English, as well as Spanish. Over 75,000 copies of her books have been sold.


Roni was selected for the 2009 Winner of the Judy Goddard / Libraries, Ltd. Award for an Arizona Children's Author.

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

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

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Roni's Dream

"My dream is 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."

"Stories from my heart to yours: connecting and preserving families, generations, cultures and their histories through books."
Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

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. magdalena de kino sonora 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 capin rivera ashford portrait 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.