Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Los Bloguitos

René Colato Laínez

Following the steps of La Bloga, I and other amazing writers created Los Bloguitos. This is a blog for children who speak or are learning Spanish. Los Bloguitos is full of songs, poems, cuentos, dichos and riddles. Our goal is to post beautiful stories from Latin American and create new ones. We want our niños to be proud to speak Spanish, here, there, anywhere.

Five creative minds from Mexico, Argentina, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and El Salvador will be posting from Monday through Friday at Take a look! Like in La Bloga, Saturday and Sundays are opened for Guest Writers. In you are interested to write for Los Bloguitos, contact us.

Meet Los Blogueritos from Los Bloguitos

Isabel Arraiza-Arana was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in business Administration in Universidad de Puerto Rico. In 2007, she completed the Writing for Children and Teenager’s Course from the Institute of Children’s Literature. She lives in Texas with her family. Her children Bianca, Paola, and Diego are her strength and inspiration. Isabel is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the author of CUENTOS MUSICALES. Her forthcoming books are PATO PATÓN and BAHÍA CUCUBANOS.

Christianne Meneses Jacobs was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1988. She attended Los Angeles High School where she was Editor in Chief of both the Spanish and English newspapers. Having excelled in all academic subjects she received a four year scholarship to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan University, Mrs. Meneses Jacobs majored in Government with an emphasis in International Relations. After graduation she started her career as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles. In 2001, she received a Master of Arts degree in Education, and in 2005 she received her Reading Specialist Certification. Mrs. Meneses Jacobs continues her work as an educator and is the President of NicaGal, LLC. Mrs. Meneses Jacobs now resides in Arizona with husband Marc and their two daughters.

Mara Price is a bilingual author and illustrator. Originally from Mexico, Mara is an artist who writes and illustrates picture books and stories for children. Her articles, stories and illustrations are published in Iguana magazine for children. Mara lives in San Diego, California.

Leticia Teresa Pontoni lives in Córdoba, Argentina. She has been writing all her life. As a child, she wrote her first poems, stories and fairy tales. “There are some many good ideas going around,” Leticia says. She is always attentive for the right word, gesture or detail in order to convert them into beautiful poems and stories. How can you write a great story for children? This is Leticia’s vision: Think like a child, feel like a child, listen like a child, and create like a child. Dreams come true.

René Colato Laínez is the award winning author of I Am René, the Boy/ Soy René, el niño, Waiting for Papá/ Esperando a Papá, and Playing Lotería/ El juego de la lotería. His picture books have been honored by the Latino Book Award, the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, and the California Collection for Elementary Readers. He is also a weekly children’s literature columnist for La Bloga . René was named “Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)” by He is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults.


Come and Celebrate with Carol Heyer her twenty-fifth, "silver anniversary", picture book, HUMPHREY'S FIRST CHRISTMAS. It will be on November 10, 2007 at the Moorpark College Zoo. There will be an animal show that starts at 10:30, so if you can get there a little earlier that would be great. Bring a friend or your favorite child!

One of Humphrey's cousins will make an appearance at the show and books will be for sale from Adventures For Kids. After the show there will be refreshments, a Humphrey cake, Humphrey's Blanket Cookies, and of course chocolate!

America's Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, California 93021

Visit Carol Heyer at


Manuel Ramos said...

Rene: Congratulations on Los Bloguitos -- Your lineup of contributors is first class; it's a great idea and sure to be a great blog.

Lisa Alvarado said...

Rene! This is FANTASTIC! The group of contributors are wonderful writers in their own right and the idea and focus is really so very necessary.


Anonymous said...

I've already started spreading the word, René. Great looking site.
You wouldn't believe how hard it still is to find Internet material for my mexicanitos.
They'll be looking at it tomorrow.