I’m Anna, a children’s author, NFEC-Certified Financial Educator (CFEI), and café-con-leche fanatic.
The jagüey blanco, also known as a banyan tree, of the San Juan Gate is one of the most beloved trees in the city of Old San Juan, located on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Due to its sheer size, magnificence, and location.
For over a century, it stood proudly next to the tall red gateway known as the San Juan Gate, or the Puerta de San Juan.
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made its devastating landfall in Puerto Rico. It was the worst natural disaster on record to hit the island, causing widespread flooding and a complete collapse of the island’s electrical grid and water systems. People were sadly left without running water and in complete darkness for months.
It also destroyed much of the island’s nature, including the magnificent jagüey blanco, which was uprooted and fell into the sea.
I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. I grew up in a multicultural home, surrounded by family and music. My Titi Provi & Tío Chago’s country home in Corozal was my favorite place in the world. It was a humble house, but one where the love for family, home-cooked food, and melodies always flowed in abundance.
I remember spending countless hours walking around the countryside, picking fruit straight from the trees, visiting cousins, and learning to cook typical Puerto Rican dishes. It’s also where my love for nature and stories was born.
It was actually my grandfather, Barnet, who encouraged me to write those stories down. He was my biggest cheerleader.
When I was in high school, I was very active in bringing all kinds of stories to life through English Forensics competitions; which combine acting with public speaking. I was pretty good at it and won a few awards (check out my proud parents).
Later on, I went to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Originally, I wanted to be a doctor, but ended up working for a very long time in the world of finance, in both New York and London.
Even though that job was full of numbers, it also involved some dramatic arts (just like back in high school). That’s me doing multiple trades with clients!
Aside from teaching and writing, I love to read, travel, cook and spend time with my husband and our two cats.
That’s me in Antarctica, where I got to learn a lot of very cool things and spend time with penguins.
Chicken & Frog Bookshop - Brentwood, Essex
Storytelling with Anna Orenstein-Cardona - Discover Children's Story Centre in London
BOOK READING & CHAT JARDIN Botánico - University of Puerto Rico
BOOGIE DOWN STORYTIME -RANDALLS' ISLAND URBAN FARM NEW YORK
STORYTIME FOR ALL AGES - LATINX KIDLIT BOOK FESTIVAL
As well as a children’s author, I am also a NFEC-Certified Financial Educator (CFEI). By clicking the link below, you will be directed to my blog specifically dedicated to my journey as an author.