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The 2014 National Children's Book Awards - Kids' Choice Award

The Philippines' 3rd National Children's Book Awards included a Kids' Choice Award! Five judges, ages 11-13, read picture books published in 2012 and 2013 and picked their top ten favorites. Below are the ten books and the kid judges' citations for the books. I have put their citations in boldface, but have not edited their writing in any other way!


Sandwich to the Moon
Written and illustrated by Jamie Bauza
Chikiting Books, 2013




Si Berting, ang Batang Uling
Written by Christopher S. Rosales
Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre

Lampara, 2013

I. together with the other judges chose 10 books that will be the top 10 finalists but i will only share our reasons why we chose "Sandwich to the Moon" & "Si Berting ang Batang Uling" as part of the Top 10 finalists because we think that younger readers will easily understand and relate to these books' content and also we think that the writers, as well as illustrators along with the publishing companies did a job well-done in writing, illustrating, and publishing the books in an entertaining, creative and inspirational way. I would like to congratulate sir Jaime Bauza, writer & illustrator of "Sandwich to the Moon" and L G & M Corporation. And congratulation also to sir Christopher Rosales as the writer, Aldy Aguirre as the illustrator of the book entitled "Si Berting ang Batang Uling" and Adarna House Inc. for publishing the book. Thank You!

By Carelle Ann Abanico



Pages 
Written by Javier T. Delfin
Illustrated by Gabi Dimaranan 
Bookmark, 2013

One of the 10 finalists for the Kids' Choice Award is a book entitled "Pages." It is written by Javier T. Delfin with illustrations by Gabi Dimaranan and published by The Bookmark, Inc. This book was chosen because of it's unique story. The very colourful drawings and pictures were also really cool. And the words were really simple and easy to understand.

By Pheonna Heart Ragasa




Sinemadyika

Written by
Lauren V. Macaraeg
Lampara, 2013


"Sine Madyika" written by Lauren V. Macaraeg, illustrations by Aldy Aguirre and published by Lampara Books is also a finalist. The story's creative way of telling us that everyone can have fun was really cool. We liked how the story showed us that even if Popoy was blind he still has a lot of fun.

By Pheonna Heart Ragasa



Pintong Maraming Silid
Written by Eugene Y. Evasco
Illustrated by Leo Kempis Ang
Chikiting Books, 2013



The Little Girl in a Box
Written by Felinda V. Bagas
Illustrated by Aldy Aguirre
Adarna House, 2013  

A pleasant afternoon to everyone.   First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone as a sign of my gratitude for this once in a lifetime privilege that you had given me. Being a part of this event was an extreme honor for a student like me. I hope that this event will be successful and I also hope that we judges, did our job well enough.

One of the two books that I had chosen was the “Pintong Maraming Silid”. One of the reasons why I had chosen this book was because of its simplicity. I loved the story line and how the story was stated. I also liked the illustrations and most of all, I loved the story because I easily understood it.

The other book that I had chosen was entitled “The Little Girl in a Box”. One of the reasons why I had chosen this book was because of its really good story line. I loved how the story flows. It was precisely stated and it was very simple yet it was still good. I really, really enjoyed it.


By Jay Harold Odon



May Darating na Trak Bukas
Written by Virgilio S. Almario
Illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III
Adarna House, 2013

          May trak na darating bukas. Ano kaya ang kakaibang mga gamit na dala nito? Hindi basura kundi mga sorpresa at milagro. Sa tambak ng basurang ito ang luma ay ginagawang bago.

         Ang May Darating na Trak Bukas ay tungkol sa kung anong magagawa mo gamit ang iyong imahinasyon. Sa mata ng isang bata sa kwento, ang tambak ng basura ay may pakinabang. Nakakalikha siya ng isang kaharian, isang sasakyang panlakbay at isang aklatan. Imahinasyon lang ang kaniyang kailangan.

        Bukod sa magandang tula na isinulat, puno rin nang makulay at nakakatuwang mga guhit ang libro. Nakakaaliw siyang tingnan at basahin paulit-ulit. Hindi ka talaga masasawa.


By Miranda Villanueva



Ang Bonggang Bonggang Batang Beki!
Written by Rhandee Garlitos
Illustrated by Tokwa PeƱaflorida
Chikiting Books, 2013

Ano ba ang ibig sabihin ng kulay pink? Kagandahan? Kababaihan? o katapangan?

       Ang pangunahing tauhan ng kwentong ito ay si Adel, isang batang lalaki na hindi katulad ng ibang mga batang lalaki. Mahilig siya sa kulay pink, manood ng teleserye at sumayaw habang kumakanta. Dahil dito, pinagtatawanan siya at tinatawag na Beki. Pero hindi ni Adel pinapansin ang mga tukso sa kaniya. Para sa kaniya, ang kulay pink ay simbolo ng katapangan.


         Pinili ko ang kwentong ito dahil sinasabi niya na iba’t-iba ang mga uri ng taong nasa mundo. Hindi rin tayo dapat mahiya sa sarili natin. Isa itong importanteng mensahe  na dapat malaman ng ating kabataan para maturuan silang tanggapin ang isa’t-isa.


By Miranda Villanueva 




The Day of Darkness

Written by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan
Illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez
Bookmark, 2013
 
Come to a town where the people fear a beast so might that nobody dare come near. They hide in a cave at the full moon to prevent themselves to be eaten by a monster soon. When two kids venture out when the moon is high, do you think their end would be nigh?
 

The Day of Darkness is about standing up to your fear and conquering your you. This book tells us that some good people can turn sour at an instant and how some bad people can redeem themselves and become good.

By Amihan Ramos




Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin

Written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri
Illustrated by CJ de Silva
Publikasyong Twamkittens, 2012

This is a story about a young girl who has two mothers instead of a father. Because of this, she gets bullied in class and only a few kids talk to her because they are also being bullied. This little girl loves to plant just like her mothers. This book teaches us not to bully others just because they are different or they grew up differently or their parents are different.  That it’s okay to be adopted. That it’s okay to be different.

By Amihan Ramos


Five different judges, ages 8-10, read the ten picture books above and chose one winner for the 2014 National Children's Book Awards - Kids' Choice Award. The winner is The Day of Darkness! Here is what the kid judges had to say about The Day of Darkness:

We like The Day of Darkness because it makes you believe that everything isn’t really scary. It can make you believe that sometimes, you can adapt to things and you don’t have to be so scared anymore. 

By Alonzo Cristobal

Congratulations to all the teams behind these books selected by young Filipino book lovers!

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