{About Me}

Hi! I'm Courtney Hinshaw. People call me Courtney, Mona, Court, and my students call me Miss Hinshaw.

I'm a picture book loving teacher from Orange County, California. I am pretty sure I have way too many favorite picture books, chocolate coconut ice cream with chocolate chips is my go to dessert, social emotional learning is a must in my classroom, and early mornings are my favorite. 

I wasn't always devouring books and telling every teacher I see about the power of picture books. At the age of nine, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder. Because of my hard work ethic, many hours of tutoring, encouraging parents, and loving teachers I was able to rise above. I share my story here

Ramona Recommends? Why not Courtney Recommends? My favorite author growing up was Beverly Cleary who pinned two famous little girls named Ramona and Beezus Quimby. Long story short I was definitely the Ramona in the family who got into everything and always wanted to play with my older sisters Tiffany and Shannon. Tiffany did not escape the nicknames and became Beezus. Flipping many pages forward while thinking of a blog name I created a list with my favorite children's literature characters and I knew in my heart Beverly Cleary's Ramona was the perfect choice.  Ramona Recommends opened a new chapter to spread the magic.

Come say hi on the gram! You can find me at @ramonarecommends

Until then, Open The Magic!



  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Patti! It has been such a blast to create! Hope you are doing well. xo

  2. I am in LOVE with children's books as well!! I use picture books all the time and my 4th graders love them!! I'm so excited to have found your blog!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  3. I am so glad you found it too! 12 days of Ramona Recommends starts next Sunday. I will be doing a book a day! So fun!

  4. I'm a 4th grade teacher who loves using picture books, too!! Can't wait to follow your blog!! I'm just starting out (literally setting up my blog)

  5. Hey Girl, Just wanted to say 'Hi' and I am so impressed with what you have done, not only in this blog, but how you are changing lives (little ones and big ones)! I hope you are well! Love seeing you on FB and now this! :) *hugs*


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