Teacher Wins 2013 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Friday, December 21, 2012
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) declared Michael Jude C. Tumamac as the Grand Prize winner of the 2013 PBBY-Salanga Prize. Tumamac’s winning story, “Ngumiti si Andoy,” is a story inspired by the life of Andres Bonifacio. Tumamac is a teacher and a proud member of Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting (KUTING) and Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA)

Honorable mentions went to Mark Anthony Angeles for his story “Si Andoy, Batang Tondo” and April Jade Biglaen for her story “Ang Supremo at ang Kuweba.”

Tumamac shall receive twenty-five thousand pesos and a medal. Prizes will be awarded during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day in July 2013.

For inquiries about the contest, contact the PBBY Secretariat at pbby@adarna.com.ph.

Calling all Asian children's book illustrators!

Friday, December 14, 2012

We are looking for children’s book illustrators from countries around the world to design bookplates for International Book Giving Day 2013! If you are interested in designing a bookplate, please contact Amy Broadmoore at amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com.

International Book Giving Day is a grassroots, 100% volunteer initiative to encourage people to give books to children on February 14, 2013. To celebrate, people are invited to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a book to an organization that distributes books to children in need.

Children’s book illustrators are invited to design bookplates that celebrants can attach to books they give to children. We welcome bookplates written in a variety of languages. The bookplates must be 11.4 cm x 6.9 cm (or 4.5 inches x 2.7 inches) in size. We will make the bookplates available for free at the International Book Giving Day website for people to download and print themselves. We will also offer the bookplates for sale as inexpensively as possible at International Book Giving Day’s Zazzle store.

Other ways for children’s book authors and illustrators to support International Book Giving Day:

*Add your name to the list of people giving books for International Book Giving Day. Fill out the very brief form on the home page of the International Book Giving Day website.

*Invite others to celebrate International Book Giving Day.

*Take a photo of yourself leaving a book in a waiting room, giving a book to a child, or otherwise celebrating International Book Giving Day for us to share at our website or Instagram page (#giveabook).

Where Are The Youth? by Dr. Jose Rizal

Where are the youth
who will consecrate
their budding years,
their idealism and
enthusiasm for the welfare
of their country?
Where are the youth
who will generously
pour out their blood to
wash away so much shame,
so much crime,
so much abomination?
Pure and spotless
must the victim be that the
sacrifice may be acceptable.
Where are you,
youth who will embody in
yourselves the vigor
of life that has lifted
our veins,
the purity of ideas that
has been contaminated
in our hearts?
We await you, youth.
Come, for we await you.

International Book Giving Day 2013

Saturday, December 8, 2012

International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at getting books in the hands of as many children as possible on February 14, 2013. 
International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to engage in simple acts of giving. We will invite individuals to: 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a book to a local hospital, shelter or library or to an organization that distributes used books to children internationally.
In addition, we will encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children, such as Room to Read, Books for Africa, Book Aid International, The Book Bus, Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Pratham Books.
For more, see International Book Giving Day’s new website: http://bookgivingday.com!