Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology SILVER Sponsor: Janet Balletta

Janet Balletta, Educator & 
Award Winning Author 
Her Mission:
Inspire children to develop a passion for reading bilingual and multicultural literature using legends and fictional works 
to preserve the Hispanic culture and become environmentally savvy world-class citizens of our beautiful blue planet. 

SILVER Sponsor Luz Del Mes

Janet Balletta has been a strong supporter of Luz Del Mes project since the beginning. We welcome Janet to the Luz Del Mes Wall of honor during Hispanic Heritage Month 2019. She is a dedicated mother, grandmother, K-2 bilingual teacher, and author of three children's books with good values in English and Spanish. 

The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, 2013 won the Mariposa Award from the International Latino Book Awards for Best First Book, 2015. The legend was her favorite bedtime story as a child and bonding experience with her mother. The tale teaches a strong message of obedience, family values, and cultural traditions. The book was translated into Spanish as La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana by Maritza M. Mejia.  Finalist in the 2015 Christian Literary Awards and won 1st place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards from Five Star Publications for Cultural Diversity 2016.
The Legend of Roberto Of Cofresí-A Puerto Rican Hero, 2016 won the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Children's Book 2016 and 1st place in the International Latino Book Awards for best translation, 2017. It was translated into Spanish as La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héreo de Puerto Rico by Ana Morris. It was another childhood favorite story, about a pirate, her father shared with Janet as a child. It teaches a strong message of generosity, loyalty, and cultural traditions. 
Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans, 2018 won the International Latino Book Award for Best Educational Themed Book and 1st place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards for Best Green/Environmental E-book. Janet was inspired to write this book based on events that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida in 2018. This story teaches a strong message on environmental awareness, water pollution, and conservation of our blue planet. It also motivates children to care about the oceans as a habitat and natural resource for people, animals, and plants. 
La Tri-Antología Luz Del Mes le da la bienvenida a la Sala de Patrocinadores que han contribuido a la promoción de éste trabajo  a Janet Balletta. 

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre celebramos en los Estados Unidos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana o Mes de la Hispanidad. Es una celebración sumamente importante, ya que se resaltan los logros, aportes y contribuciones de los Hispanos en éste país. Las Ferias Internacionales de Libros y eventos culturales son lo más sobresaliente durante este mes.
Paperback: FALL 2019
Thank you all who submitted your work! 💐 

Luz Del Mes Publishing, Director
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI, Florida
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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk

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