Friday, January 26, 2018

Multicultural Children's Book Day in Orlando

Last year, I participated in the Multicultural Children's Book Day (#MCCBD) as author and Reviewer. The collaborative effort between organizers and authors was beyond expectations. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves. 

Multicultural Children's Book Day was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. 


This year, #MCCBD land on January 27/18

I will Participate in the FIRST Multicultural Children's Book Day 
in Orlando. 
Meet and greet bestselling authors at the library. Our Meet the Author series gives readers and aspiring writers the opportunity to hear from seasoned, successful writers.
  I'll keep you post it!
Details on: https://attend.ocls.info/event/414740

For the third time, I will be a REVIEWER at the Multicultural Children's Book Day. My reviews and activities will be posted on the week of the event.
Stop by to LuzDelMes BLOG on Jan, 2oth /18 to READ my Review and Activity.
You can Join the adventure too!

Use hashtag:  #ReadYourWorld 
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Vanilla and Chocolate

Build Tolerance with Vanilla and Chocolate


This Bilingual Children’s Book provides a GREAT lesson that teaches children that although  we may be different on the outside, we are the same inside.

ACTIVITY
Build Tolerance & Share your own dreams


1.   Read Vanilla and Chocolate

             2.   Fill out the chart about the story
                      

  3.  Write your dreams in the empty cloud  




This picture-book biography is a great source  for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King.
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review and Activity of Ladder to the Moon

Escalera a la Luna
by Maya Soetoro-NgYuyi Morales  (Illustrations)Teresa Mlawer (translator)
Escaleraa la luna es un libro inspirador en todos los niveles. Contiene un flujo lírico en el texto, ilustraciones extraordinarias y un profundo mensaje de unidad.  Maya Soetoro-Ng y Yuyi Morales incluyen notas en la parte posterior del libro sobre cómo y por qué este libro fue creado que iluminando la historia. Disponible en inglés.
Recomiendo éste libro para todas las edades.

He recibido este libro para revisión y participación al evento: Multicultural Children’s Book Day #MCBD2018

Ladder to the Moon is an inspiring book on all levels. It contains a lyrical flow of the text, stunning artwork, and a deep message of unity.  Maya Soetoro-Ng. and Yuyi Morales included notes at the back of the book on how and why this book was created that enlightening the story.
It begins when a ladder comes down from the moon and her granddaughter, Suhaila gets to meet her grandmother Annie. They go up together and have a wonderful adventure fills with meaning and love. From a top the moon grandmother and granddaughter watch the world and help as much as they can. Two generations meeting, people coming together worshiping in their own places, and trying to help each other.
The story may be open to different interpretation, but the lovely connection between Suhaila and Annie gave me the message that we all are interconnected to grow in peace and harmony.

My favorite lines, "Looking past the golden ladder, she spotted people whose hands pointed upward from a synagogue, a temple, a mosque, and a church. One by one, every person was finding his or her own path to the moon each path connecting with the others in hope's massive stream. "

ACTIVITIEs CREATED BY: Maritza Martínez Mejía @2018

1. Write a paragraph of your favorite part of the story:
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2. Follow the Sequence of the story with your own drawings                     
      
                                            


I received a copy of Escalera a la Luna by Maya Soetoro-Ng as part of the celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

Current Sponsors

MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Thank you so much for your support!
 Maritza Martinez Mejia
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Review and Activity of Cuentos Cortos Para Noches Largas

 Cuentos Cortos Para Noches Largas 
 Cuentos Cortos Para noches Largas de Olga M. Muñoz contine relatos breves con rimas y moralejas para niños y yo dirían que para todas las edades. Me hizo recordar las fabulas de Rafael Pombo, que leía cuando niña y que disfrutaba sus lecciones. 
la escritora Muñoz logra hacer reflexionar al lector con las aventuras de sus pintorescos caracteres en cada uno de sus cuentos cortos. El que más que gusto fue el de la coqueta burrita "Malena" que se pierde persiguiendo el arcoíris. 
Perfecta lectura para entretener a los niños con historias con contenido y moral. Felicitaciones a la escritora Olga M. Muños por regalarnos éstos Cuentos Cortos para Noches Largas.

Short Stories for Long Nights by Olga M. Munoz contains rhymes and tales with morals for children, and I would say for all ages.  I recommend this book for a fun afternoon with these magical characters that bring us a pleasant life teaching.

Book available:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17989785-cuentos-cortos-para-noches-largas                  

ACTIVIDADEs CREADAS POR: Maritza Martínez Mejía @2018

1. Write a paragraph from your favorite tale - Escribe un párrafo sobre el cuento favorito:
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. Dibuja la secuencia del cuento  que más le dejo enseñanza:    
3. Write the sequence of one tale from the book in the chart below:
                                                                 


   

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

I am reviewing   Cuentos Cortos Para Noches Largas 
by Olga M Muñoz as part of the Multicultural Children's Book Day.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

Current Sponsors

MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Thank you so much for your support!
 Maritza Martinez Mejia
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator

Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, Author’s Talk Book Award 2016, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017.