Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Welcome February - Bienvenido Febrero

Reflections by Maritza Martínez Mejía

February is a month dedicated to Love, but what is Love? It is a deliberate act of my will. "Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or proud." ~1 Cor. 13:4~
Let's celebrate Love!
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 Love
by Maritza M. Mejía
Feel
Blissful
To be loved
Yet better give
 Love!

Febrero es un mes dedicado al Amor, pero ¿qué es Amor? Es un acto deliberado de mi voluntad. "El amor es paciente y servicial; no es orgulloso o celoso."~1 Cor.13:4~
¡Celebremos al Amor!

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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Writing Goals for 2018

I believe goals for the New Year need to be based on achievements rather than failures. How is  your planning doing so far?

I love to plan, prepare and project a blessed year with some easy ideas that may help you find the right path for a successful New Year’s beginning.  Step by step you can reach far.
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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 29, 2018

February: Black History Month

                         What is Black History Month?                            

Months are used by various groups and organizations to raise awareness
 of an issue, event, or celebrate something. 
This celebration started when Dr. Carter G. Woodson noticed that there were no academic journals to counter racist scholarship and no professional presses would accept materials about African Americans. He founded Black History Week in 1926. 

In the United States and Canada, February is Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, it is an annual observance for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. 
There are so many amazing books from which to choose, visit:http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/black-history-month-2016/

In honor of Black History Month, I have selected Sanders’ Kids guide since it includes a host of activities, games and songs to engage the reader and to help him better appreciate the contributions of the people highlighted in the book.  


For me, Vanilla and Chocolate is a useful tool to read to k-1st graders to introduce Black History. It is an easy to read story to understand the topic of discrimination and segregation with a simple connection with Ice-cream flavors.                                                     
 Vanilla and Chocolate Recognition by The White House Library.

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Multicultural Children's Book Day in Orlando

The past two years, I have been 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'll be part at the FIRST Multicultural Children's Book Day 
in Orlando. 
The purpose of  the Meet the Author series is to  give readers and aspiring writers the opportunity to hear from seasoned, successful writers.
Meet and greet bestselling authors at the library!



EVENT PHOTOS
Participant's Authors
 Organizers and Story Telling Time
Maritza M. Mejia with Bilingual Literature
Finalizamos un evento fuera de serie. La unión de autores de todo el mundo en torno a la literatura infantil. Dedicamos un mes a leer y reseñar a otros autores. 
¡En la unión está la fuerza! Felicitaciones a los organizadores de #ReadYourWorld. Reseñas en mi BLOG: http://luzdelmes.blogspot.com/
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.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Local Author Reads at Palm Pointe

Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day!


"In recognition of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the beginning Spanish class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition welcomed award winning local author Maritza Mejia. Mrs. Mejia read her book  Vanilla and Chocolate/Vainilla y Chocolate. Multicultural Children’s Book Day has as its mission not only to raise awareness for children’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries." Visit: http://lucielink.stlucie.k12.fl.us/local-author-reads-at-palm-pointe/


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.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Diversity in Children's Literature


Diversity in children’s literature has been a controversial topic in the last years, but thanks to movements like We Need Diverse Books and Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the message has been clarified and diversity books have been promoted all over the world.
Authors, illustrators, educators and bloggers have been an important element to make sure children have access to books that celebrate diversity. Feature characters from diverse cultures, countries and race are an important building block of the learning process in classroom and at home. It is fundamental to teach students from early age that different does not mean to be wrong.

When I was a child,  I always dreamed of traveling around the world , visiting different places, meeting people with different languages, and tasting delicious foods from around the world... I perfect dream that I made it reality over the years.

I’m pleased to be part for the third time not only as an author, but also as a reviewer of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th, 2018. This event helped me promote my books, increase followers in my social media, and meet authors from around the world.

As a Book Reviewer, I've received, free of cost, books to review and add to the Massive Review Linky on the date of the event.  My reviews and activities will be posted on the week of the event. Stop by to LuzDelMes BLOG on Jan, 2oth /18
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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Building Tolerance with Vanilla and Chocolate

Meet Vanilla and Chocolate Characters and Story


For Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016, I was interview by Charlotte Riggle who asked me the following questions:

Q. Nearly all of the bilingual English-Spanish books I've seen are about the cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking communities. Vanilla and Chocolate is not. How did you choose the topic of the book? 
A. This is an excellent question and thank you for asking! As an educator and immigrant, I have encountered different situation related to discrimination. Vanilla and Chocolate main purpose is to teach how to build tolerance in our classrooms and homes. I have received good feedback from teachers and students, but a few parents do not like to talk about that topic. I respect their decisions and accept any kind of critics with respect.
Vanilla and Chocolate was published in October 2012. This book was written to help children understand the virtue of Tolerance. This virtue gives a fair attitude toward those whose opinions, race, religion and customs differ from one's own.  Race does not matter as long as you tolerate and appreciate each other’s differences. 
Vanilla and Chocolate invites the reader to talk with children at home or at school about this topic since each story contains a vocabulary page and questions for discussion. The last page of the story contains a vocabulary page and questions for discussion with children at home or at school.


Main Setting: Vanilla and Chocolate main setting is at the Black and White Picnic where the development of the story mainly takes place. 

Plot: A concerned teacher helps two friends be together after their parents refused to let them play because of their skin color.

Characters: Mrs. M. prepared a Black and White Day where Vanilla and Chocolate’s parents recognized their kid’s friendship.
Vanilla and Chocolate Characters
Illustrations by Estella Mejia 
Presenting Mrs. M.
A concerned teacher helps two friends be together after their parents refused to let them play because of their skin color.

Presenting Second and Third Character 
Vanilla loves to play with Chocolate until the day his parents didn't allow him to play with his best friend anymore...Guest Why?

Q. What have parents and teachers said about the book?
A. Parents and teacher are welcome the book and the topic. The FREE activities on my website: www.luzdelmes.com help them teach the moral of the story.   
During classroom visits, I discuss with students the topic of Tolerance. It is amazing all the misconceptions about racism. I listen with open ears and respect their ideas and help students build tolerance reading Vanilla and Chocolate.
This is one activity I do with students after reading the book.   I use Vanilla and Chocolate during Martin Luther King Jr. Week or Black History Month, but any time is a good time for a good Read Aloud book.

This book is dedicated to all teachers who dedicate their lives to education.

Interview for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (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 CouncilJunior Library Guild
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet BallettaAuthor Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-GrandAuthor Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2LaunchBollywood Groove BooksAuthor Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Eugenia ChuAuthor Lesa Cline-RansomeAuthor Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 PublishingDesi BabiesAuthor Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek PressAuthor Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor D.G. DriverAuthor Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl PublishingDebbi Michiko FlorenceAuthor Josh FunkAuthor Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie GlennGlobe Smart KidsAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleAuthor Quentin HolmesAuthor Esther IveremJennifer Joseph: Alphabet OdditiesAuthor Kizzie JonesAuthor Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.comAuthor Karen Leggett AbourayaAuthor Sylvia LiuAuthor Sherri MaretAuthor Melissa Martin Ph.D.Author Lesli MitchellPinky Mukhi and We Are OneAuthor Miranda PaulAuthor Carlotta PennReal Dads ReadGreg RansomAuthor Sandra L. RichardsRealMVPKidsAuthor Andrea ScottAlva Sachs and Three Wishes PublishingShelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah StevensonAuthor Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa TakaokaAuthor Christine Taylor-ButlerNicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. WangAuthor 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.