<![CDATA[Janet Balletta<br />Author & Educator - Blog]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:40:07 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Ambassador of Good Will for Mi Libro Hispano]]>Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:36:29 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/mi-libro-hispano-ambassador-of-good-will
It has been an honor to serve as an Ambassador of Good Will for Mi Libro Hispano during Hispanic Heritage Month.  Here are some highlights of the month. On September 9, 2017, my Spanish book, La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héreo de Puerto Rico won 1st Place for Best Translation from English to Spanish in the International Latino Book Awards. On September 16, 2017, Hurricane Maria, pummels Puerto Rico causing the most devastating damage to the island in history.  On September 29, 2017, I participated in the San Juan Festival in Port St. Lucie, donating all my book sales to the Puerto Rico relief efforts organized by Florence Marie Torres, founder of P.A.T.R.I.A. M.I.A. ​(see picture below).  
Even though, Hispanic Heritage Month ends this month the need is so great, I have decided to continue donating my book sales to support the Disaster Relief efforts through Christmas. It´s my way of planting the seeds of generosity, loyalty, and cultural traditions for future generations. An enormous thank you goes to everyone who has helped me sow the seeds of good will. God bless you.        
<![CDATA[Buy My Children's Books and Help Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Maria]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:11:45 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/buy-my-childrens-books-to-help-puerto-rico-recover-from-hurricane-maria

Would you like to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria? Buy my children's books and support my campaign to donate 100% of the royalties to Puerto Rico's recovery efforts. The damage in Puerto Rico is catastrophic and they need all the help they can get. 

The Legend of the Roberto Cofresi - A Puerto Rican Hero is a two-hundred-year-old legend that tells the tale of how the young Roberto became the Robin Hood of Puerto Rico by helping the island during a time of need.

Never before have the themes of generosity, loyalty, and cultural traditions been more relevant. Read my books with your families and teach them a real-world lesson on how people come together to help communities in times of need. #helppuertoricorecoverfromhurricanemaria

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<![CDATA[2017 International Latino Book Awards]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:16:30 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/2017-international-latino-book-awards

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, the International Latino Book Awards took place in San Francisco and I am elated to share my children's book, La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héreo de Puerto Rico won First Place in the category of Translation from English to Spanish. What a perfect way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month!

La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana also won an Honorable Mention in the category of Most Latino Focused Children's Picture Book. It´s an honor to receive these awards for the second time.  In 2015, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid  won the Mariposa Award for the English version and this year La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héreo de Puerto Rico won the award for the Spanish version. 

A big thank you goes to Kirk Whisler of the International Latino Book Awards for everything he does for the organization and allowing me to be part of it.  An extra special t
hank you goes to everyone who helped me make my "American Dream" come true. Most importantly, thank you, Lord, because all glory and honor are yours for my children's books and I am so grateful! 
<![CDATA[Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Mi Libro Hispano]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/celebrate-hispanic-heritage-month-with-mi-libro-hispano
This September, Mi Libro Hispano will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month starting September 15 through October 15, 2017 with several cultural events in Florida in celebration of the International Month of Hispanic Literature.  

I have partnered with Mi Libro Hispano as an Ambassador of Good Will to donate my bilingual children's books along with other book titles to schools, the community, and abroad.  Naturally, I started by donating books to my school library and the local libraries in Port St. Lucie. In fact, my children's books have already reached Colombia, Puerto Rico, Asia, and Ecuador.  

Finally, I will be at the Annual San Juan Festival with my children's books on Satuday, September 30, 2017, at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center in Port St. Lucie, Fl, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Admission to the festival is $10.00 for adults and free for children. Join us for a day of celebrating Puerto Rican culture with Mi Libro Hispano during Hispanic Heritage Month.   

<![CDATA[Back To School Activities]]>Sat, 12 Aug 2017 22:52:38 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/back-to-school-activities
The first day of school is an exciting day for all students. One of the best ways to welcome your students back to school is with a great read aloud. As a K-2 bilingual teacher, I am recommending three (3) books and learning activities your students are sure to love. These books are perfect for engaging children in learning during the first week of school. Wishing you a successful school year.  Enjoy! 

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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​The First Day Jitters by ​Julie Danneberg
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<![CDATA[A Review of Who's that in the Cat Pajamas?]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:45:25 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/a-review-of-whos-that-in-the-cat-pajamas
Often times a children's book stands out because of the important message it delivers. Such is the case with, Who's that in the Cat Pajamas by Sojourn McConnell, a chapter book  and Book 1 in her new Dolcey Series. In this book, we meet little Emily, who's afraid of moving to new home. Emily's problem is one shared by many children;they're afraid of leaving their friends & families behind to move to a new city. As an elementary school teacher, I am very familiar with this problem. What Sojourn has cleverly done in this new series is created Dolcey, a fairy who dresses up in Cat Pajamas, and helps children in trouble. You see, Dolcey, is sensitive to children's cries and rushes to aid them disguised as an endearing cat.  I recommend this book for families with young children dealing with the challenges of moving to a city or country. I am adding a fun children's activities to go along with the book and my Amazon review. Enjoy!       
* How to Make A 3D Paper House *



5.0 out of 5 stars - A wonderful book for children afraid of moving to a new home
Who's that in the Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell, is a wonderful new chapter book for children who love fairies and are afraid of moving to a new home. In this delightful tale, a fairy called Dolcey wears a cat costume and comes to the aid of children in distress. When Dolcey hears Emily's cries, she magically appears in her cat disguise to sooth her. Emily is immediately enchanted with the cat which her parents believe is a stray and allow Emily to keep. After a few days, Dolcey reveals herself to Emily and takes her on a magical journey to the place where she will be moving. Dolcey carefully points out the beautiful features of her future new home. Without giving away spoilers, Emily's perspective changes from one of sadness to excitement about her new home. This is McConnell's Book 1 in her new series called The Dolcey Series. My grandchildren were captivated by the story as I am sure most children will able to identify with the story line. I am giving it 5 stars since I adore children's books with a happy ending.

Soujourner McConnell's 
Book Signing
Saturday, August 26, 2017 
Blue Grass Book Bash in Corbin, KY
10 am to 10 pm

Visit her fb page: https://www.facebook.com/vicki.turnergoodwin 
<![CDATA[2017 Purple Dragonfly Awards & International Latino Book Awards Announcement]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:45:33 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/2017-purple-dragonfly-awards-international-latino-book-awards-announcement
I am delighted to announce my children's book, The Legend of Roberto Cofresi - A Puerto Rican Hero (English & Spanish version) received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Purple Dragonfly Awards - Cultural Diversity category.

Additionally, my Spanish children's books, La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana y La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi - Un héroe de Puerto Rico were nominated as finalists in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards - Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book & Best Children's Book Translation (English to Spanish) categories respectively.   

A heartfelt thank you goes to Maritza M. Mejia, AWA, and the Spanish Translator of the mermaid book, Ana Morris, AWA, and the Spanish Translator of the pirate book, Estella Mejia, Illustrator of the mermaid & pirate books, and my publisher, Walter Bodie of WRB Publishing. Each of you has contributed to making my publishing dreams come true and for this, I am eternally grateful.  
This is truly a "Double Blessing" kind of day!

<![CDATA[Story Monsters Inc. Review of The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid.]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 20:19:01 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/story-monsters-inc-review-of-the-legend-of-the-colombian-mermaid
Story Monsters Inc. review of
The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid  
June 2017 Book Review
Reviewer: Darleen Wohlfeil

This award-winning rendition of Colombian folklore centers around the 1917 legend of La Sirena De Hurtado. The story tells of the young girl’s defiance of parents and custom as she went swimming in the river on Good Friday. Legend has it she was cursed for her disobedience and turned into a mermaid. Trapped there, the young mermaid tries to lure other children into the river and into her eternal disobedience. Hundreds of tourists flock to the river every summer to see the monument of the mermaid located on the edge of the Guatapuri River and swim in its crystal blue waters.

Read more Story Monster Inc. book reviews here www.storymonsters.com/smi-book-reviews/volume-4-issue-6-june-2017 

<![CDATA[Mermaid Cinquian for Earth Day & Poetry Month]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/mermaid-cinquain-for-earth-day-poetry-monthIn celebration of Earth Day and Poetry Month, I'm sharing a fun mermaid cinquain poem you can try with your children at home or school. Did you know mermaids were environmentalists and protectors of the ocean? Mermaids are on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of saving the oceans for future generations. We all need air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat, and a healthy environment where we can live with beauty, inspiration, and recreation. Mermaids have a simple message: stop polluting our oceans. Join the fight to save the oceans through awareness and poetry. Here's a mermaid cinquain and Pinterest link with directions for creating cinquain poems.  Also included is a poetry resource, Poems, Thoughts and More by Maritza M. Mejia, a recommended ocean booklist featuring Cry of the Sea by D.G. Driver, and Dante the Dolphin by Lisa Waters along with some cool science experiments for the classroom.  
<![CDATA[´╗┐The Good Friday Legend Lives on in Memory of my Mom-100th Anniversary of the Mermaid Legend]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 22:15:16 GMThttp://janetballetta.com/blog/the-good-friday-legend-lives-on-in-memory-of-my-mom-100th-anniversary-of-the-mermaid-legend
The Good Friday Mermaid Legend lives on in memory of my mother, Judith A. Cardenas. Twenty six year ago, she left this Earthy plane to reside in the Heavenly realm with our Dad and the Lord, but her memory will live in our hearts forever. She was a strong woman of Faith which is the legacy she endowed our family with. Mom had a special way of lifting others up when they were down. She was my inspiration for writing The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid. Mom made it an Easter tradition in our home every year and I pray my children will always keep the tradition alive. On the day she left us, she took a piece of our heart with her, but I know she is resting peace and smiling down on her family from Heaven. Happy Easter in Heaven, Mom & Dad. There's not a day that goes by when we don't think of you or miss you, but you already know that. <3