Back-to-Back Winner for 2017 PBBY-Salanga Prize

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) declared Genaro Gojo Cruz as the grand prize winner of the 2017 PBBY-Salanga Prize. Gojo Cruz bagged the Salanga prize with his story Dalawa Kami ni Lola, a story about a child and his grandmother.

This is Gojo Cruz’s second grand prize win. Gojo Cruz, a children’s author and professor, won the grand prize last year. For his win, Gojo Cruz will receive 25,000 pesos and a medal.

Gojo Cruz’s story Pamilya Papel was also declared honorable mention alongside Imelda Estrella’s story, May Lihim ang Dagat.

Winners will be awarded during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day on July 18, 2017.

For inquiries about the contest, contact the PBBY Secretariat at telephone number 352-6765 loc. 203 or e-mail pbby@adarna.com.ph.

Marianne Dubuc Designs Official Poster for International Book Giving Day 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The International Book Giving Day team is delighted to announce that Marianne Dubuc is the illustrator behind 2017’s official poster. Libraries, schools, and bookshops are encouraged to download, print, and display Dubuc’s poster to celebrate the love of reading and encourage others to give books to children on International Book Giving Day, February 14. 

Now in its 5th year, International Book Giving Day continues to grow from strength to strength, reaching places such as Nepal, India, Canada, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Nigeria, Fiji, Czech Republic, USA, Cambodia, Hungary, Philippines, and Romania.

On February 14, #bookgivingday, participants are encouraged to give books to children. This can takes many forms, the only limit is the imagination. Books have been sent to child refugees in Calais, France; a new library was created in Cape Town, South Africa; in Uganda the Mpambara-Cox Foundation gifted books to children, for many it was the first time they had been given a book of their own. In 2014, Scholastic Australia went to the Melbourne Children’s Hospital and gifted a book to every child. People continue to be creative in so many different ways, all keen to share the love of books. More examples can be viewed here

Turning the commercialization of Valentine’s Day on its head, people across the globe are encouraged to spread the love of reading by getting books into the hands of as many children as possible on February 14. 

"We are over the moon that Marianne Dubuc has created such a wonderful poster for #bookgivingday." - Emma Perry, IBGD.

Marianne Dubuc

Marianne has written and illustrated many books for children which have been translated into more then 20 languages. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Lion and the Bird, amongst others. She was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec. www.mariannedubuc.com

International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to, and enthusiasm for, books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14.

We invite individuals to …

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital, shelter, or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need.

In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.

For further information please contact Emma Perry at emperry@gmail.com
Website | www.bookgivingday.com
Twitter | @bookgivingday
Facebook | BookGivingDay