Monday, April 30, 2018

A cat adopted me

Pets are lovely company, but cats are adorable. Look Why...
A cat in my backyard!


We adopted a Calico in 2012, I didn't expect such an adorable cat in my life.

Gatita graciosa
Sin dueño y comida
Pero con dulzura 
Encontró un lugar
Donde pasar

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Maritza Martínez Mejía
Madre, Educadora, Autor Bilingüe, Promotora cultural y Traductora
Miembro de la ANLMI, Florida Writers Association Y South Florida Writers Association
Actividades GRATIS de lectura y escritura en Website: 

Ganadora del “Crystal Apple” 2006, “VCB Poetry” 2015, “Latino Book Awards” 2016,  “Author’s Talk Book Show” 2017. Cinco libros publicados y artículos en  revistas digitales.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

El Día de los niños - Children’s Day


El 30 de Abril celebramos el "Día del Niño", pero éste día debería ser celebrado diariamente.  
¡Hagamos que los niños sueñen, léele un cuento diariamente!

April 30th is Children's Day, but these days should be celebrated daily.
Make children dream, read him a story daily! 



                 Niñez
                Linda etapa
Inocencia pura
¡Cuidémosla!


Childhood
Adorable stage
Innocence like the clear sky
Take care of children!

(Haiku, @2016 Mejia) More Poems Visit:www.luzdelmes.com




¡Feliz Día del Niño! - Happy Children's Day!
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, April 26, 2018

April Spotlight: "Sad is Not Bad" by Harriet Vogel

LuzDelMes Book of the Month 



Sad Is Not Bad by Harriet Vogel
 
by 

Maritza Mejia's review 
Mar 12, 2018  ·  

it was amazing

The love between Harriet and Jerry was so special and vivid that clearly assures that Life is a process of letting go of conditions we cannot control. Thank you Harriet Vogel for giving us a tool to grief and heal the pain with LOVE.
It includes a useful Glossary that explains Jewish feast and terms. Congratulations to the author!
I recommend this book at ALL times.
REVIEWED BY

Maritza Martínez Mejía
Member of ANLMI, Florida Writers Association and South Florida Writers Association
Website:www.luzdelmes.com
 
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017. Five Books published and articles posted on Southern Writers Magazine and La Nota Latina. Graduated from Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca in Commerce and Foreign Language and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Maritza M. Mejia at the 9th Annual Family Reading Festival

What is Family Reading Festival? The 9TH ANNUAL FAMILY READING FESTIVAIn partnership with the Safety Fest brings Authors, Scholastic Book Fair, Readers Theater, stories with Mother Goose, Puppet Shows, Book Exchange and FREE Books for children. Come to have fun!

First Data Field (Mets Stadium) in Port St. Lucie

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 9:00 to 1:00
EVENTS:
Meet Awesome Authors in Author Alley!
Play Literacy Games and win prizes!
Read to a V.I.P.!
Make a puppet and put on a show!
Buy books from the Scholastic Book Fair or visit the Book Exchange!
Read Comics with Collector Comics!
Read with Mother Goose or try Slam Poetry! 
FREE St. Lucie Mets game ticket & Goodie Bags to the first 300 children!
Author Maritza M. Mejia has been part of The Saint Lucie County Reading Council since 2012.

Family Reading Festival Author  Participation 

Hazel Eyes Presentation on 2012
Vanilla and Chocolate Presentation on 2013
Grandma's Treasure Presentation on 2014
Ojos Avellana Presentation on 2016

Family Reading Festival Participation 2017

Participation 2018
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, April 24, 2018

Lessons for Living received recognition worldwide

A year ago, Grandma's Treasure and Vanilla and Chocolate received recognition at the International Book Fair FILBO2017 with an interview with the talented and generous journalist  Eli AlvarezLa Cotri Cotrina. ¡Thank you for your support!


Bilingual Literature Lessons for Living from Bogotá 2017,  to New York 2018

with reading activity at Iglesia de Sion-Saint Peter Church in New York, NY.
 Building Gratitude with Grandma's Treasure

...Children's Books Should Be says,

“Children’s Book Should Be…” is a well written tool for any author who wants to write a children book. Lisa Waters not only explains how a children’s book should be, but also gives credit to diverse children’s book authors and explains their writing’s style. Waters defines in each chapter the elements of a good children book. According to the author a children’s book should be fun, engaging, life-changing, creative/imaginative, action-packed, spellbinding, lasting, and cute. I highly recommend this valuable book.


Thank you Author Lisa Waters!
Maritza Martínez Mejía
Member ANLMI, Florida Writers Association and South Florida Writers Association
Website:www.luzdelmes.com
 
Mother, Educator, Bilingual Author and Translator
Recipient of the Crystal Apple Award 2006, VCB Poetry Winner 2015, The Latino Book Awards 2016 and Author’s Talk Book Show 2017. Five Books published and articles posted on Southern Writers Magazine and La Nota Latina. Graduated from Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca in Commerce and Foreign Language and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University. 

Maritza writes to inspire others to be a better person.

Monday, April 23, 2018

World Book Day ~ Día del Libro


April 23er is a symbolic date for World Book Day 📕 or Copyright Day that celebrate the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Support an Author!

In Spain,  Don Quixote by Cervantes is read during a two-day "readathon" and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the Spanish king in Alcalá de Henares.

What can you do to celebrate this day?... Support an Author!


..
READ -  READ - READ
Abril 23 es una fecha simbólica para celebrar la literatura mundial. Es el  día del libro o día de los derechos de autor para conmemorar el aniversario de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare e Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.

Apoya a un autor...


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

The Importance of Book Reviews by Maritza M. Mejia

"Authors want reviews of their books. Publishers want reviews of their author’s books. Therefore, it got me to thinking about these reviews that are wanted, said Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief for Southern Writers Magazine 

Read article: To Review or not to Review

What is a review? The dictionary defines it as a formal assessment of something with the possibility of change if necessary.

Taking this definition in consideration, reviews are important to help authors to improve their writing. The review doesn't need to be long or elaborated. Some readers want more concrete proof that your book is worth buying, which is why book reviews play an important role in getting your book known.

Book Review Samples

I received these lovely Customer Reviews:


on March 22, 2018
Congratulation on your book. It's great to find a book 
that has a kind touch and a great translation into Spanish.
                                                                  You really poured your heart into it.

on February 28, 2018
HAZEL EYES affirmed my understanding that life is
about loving and learning.


As a Customer and Author, I returned the favor by writing a Review too.

Maritza Mejia rated a book it was amazing
Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans by Janet Balletta

Great tool for teachers and good read for children
Mermaids on a Mission, as the title implies, is a book about seven mermaids who protect the ocean from mankind’s pollution. Each of the mermaids have a special power that allows them to save the valuable oceans and special creatures and plant life. The conversation between the mermaids describe the culture and characteristics of each of them. I love Fina from South America and her mission to protect injured animals in Aqua Pura.
Teachers have an excellent tool to teach children how important the oceans are by following the example and action the mermaids did to keep the waters clean from pollutants.
The illustrators, Alyssa Figueroa and Alexander C. Appello, created brilliant illustrations that make the story enjoyable to read to young children.
The author Balletta includes a helpful Teacher's Guide which introduces vocabulary, discussion questions on a deep and well research topic. Congratulations Mrs. Balletta!
Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans is most highly recommended.

Maritza Mejia rated a book liked it
Great Cape o' Colors - Capa de colores by Karl Beckstrand
Great Cape of Colors is a language learning book with a Magic Cape that
teach colors, professions, cultures and costumers with bright illustrations
and words in two language (English and Spanish). Easy to read 
and excellent source for teachers.

La capa de colores es un libro que enseña colores, profesiones, culturas 
y costumbres con coloridas ilustraciones y palabras en dos idiomas
(inglés y español). Fácil lectura para primaria y excelente recurso 
para profesores. 

April 23er is a symbolic date for World Book Day 📕
Support an Author! 
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