As part of this year’s National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) celebration, I took the time to answer this week’s question in relation to the theme “Paboritong Aklat” or “Favorite Book” in English. The question is:
Ano ang paborito mong aklat pambata at pangkabataan? (Kailangang isinulat o iginuhit ito ng isang Pilipino. Maaari namang maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)
Translation: What is your favorite children’s and young adult book? (The book must be a work of a Filipino writer and/or artist. Feel free to list more than one book).
Note: Crappy translation, I know. Lol. Please bear with me, I’m running a fever (with headache) caused by stress for two days now. Anyway, here it goes.
My Favorite Filipino Children’s Books
1. Guardians of Tradition: The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (2012)
by: Mae Astrid Tobias
Illustrations by: Rommel E. Joson
Photos by: Renato S. Rastrollo / National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Published: 2012 by Adarna House Language: English Age Recommendation: 10+ 32 pages |120 grams |7.25 by 10 inches
About the Book:
Who are the indigenous and folk artists of the Philippines? Guardians of Tradition is full of facts about 11 of Philippine master weavers, folk musicians, performing artists, mat weavers and metal smiths whose talents and skills have earned them the title Manlilikha ng Bayan. Designed to help children recognize native Filipino ingenuity and creativity, the book includes fun activities to promote appreciation for culture and arts. Guardians of Tradition has a fun and colorful design that appeals to young readers.
I love this book because of the reasons explained above and more. To read my (very long) review of the book, click here: Book Review: Guardians of Tradition: The Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan.
Guardians of Tradition is a unique book as it talks about the Philippines’ traditions, culture, art pre-Spanish era.
To read another post I made about this book, click here: Blog Tour – Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Guardians of Tradition (Philippines Only)
About the Book:
Inubos ni Tipaklong ang maghapon sa paglalaro at pagkain habang si Langgam ay naghahanap at nag-iimbak ng pagkain. Naunawaan naman ni Tipaklong ang kaniyang pagkakamali nang dumating ang tag-ulan at siya’y nalagay sa alanganin.
Grasshopper enjoys his lazy life and doesn’t understand why Ant has to look for food all day. When the rains come, Grasshopper realizes the wisdom in Ant’s industry and foresight.
Published only in 2003, this Adarna book is obviously a retelling. But Si Langgam at si Tipaklong is a timeless story about saving money for emergencies and “rainy days.” A Filipino’s childhood is not complete without this tale. I remember my grandmother telling me this story when I was unable to read yet, asking her what “rainy days” meant.
3. Brightest (2011)
by Johann de Venecia and Joanne Crisner with Josephine Litonjua
Illustrations by: Johann de Venecia
Language: English 50 pages
Yep, I contributed a bit on Brightest, and I know it seemed shameless for adding it to the list, and by explaining why I love it I feel defensive. *laughs* But, I also love:
- The Velveteen Rabbit is a children’s novel written by Margery Williams
- Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
Not Filipino children’s books, I know. I’m just saying I’m actually into these kinds of books. I’m all about hope, the power of friendship and love, discovering one’s self, being real, living freely and being ourselves, never giving up, happiness, and triumph after a fall. If you’ve read The Velveteen Rabbit and Hope for the Flowers you would know what I’m talking about. About the Book: A story about a lost firefly catcher, trying to find his way home… and a broken firefly that had long lost himself. And how friendship and being there for each other made a difference in their lives.
My Favorite Filipino Young Adults Books
1. The Seven: The Key of Credence
First of five books. The Key of Credence tells us about Ryan and her friends and how their simple curiosity brought forth a multitude of problems to them. This book lets the readers experience an entirely new and different world—one that involves the Heavens and the Helles, and most of all—it shows how the humans themselves and how the innate goodness of their souls can create a huge difference on just about everything.
by Veronica Mist Cover by: Mark Vincent Pelingon
Illustrations by: Johann de Venecia
Language: English 262 pages
I love this book not only because of the story but because of its illustrations. I thought Johann is awesome! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love his art.
I included two of Johann’s works for The Seven: The Key of Credence so you’ll be able to see for yourself.
As for the story, I thought the book is like no other. Unique. It’s the reason why I published it. The Key of Credence is is an extraordinary story about seven demons, seven angels, seven keys, seven keepers, seven deadly sins, seven virtues, seven heavens, seven helles.
What you want is not always what you get.
Even when your wishes come true
Andi desperately hopes her long lost half-brother Bernardo will be as mad on basketball as she is. But when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. She hasn’t seen him for ten years, but even so, how did he get to be EIGHT FOOT TALL? An eight-foot tall boy who is about to crash into her life with his size 22 feet.
But Bernardo is not what he seems.
Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.
A bittersweet story, funny, sad, and magical.
The first line of this book made me laugh out loud. Needless to say from there I was hooked.
“Rush hour. So many armpits, so little deodorants.”
Though the plot itself is simple, but this book successfully captured the Filipino culture, our superstitious beliefs, the concept of “damayan,” our folklore, and our love for basketball. ❤ It even managed to show how disaster prone our country is. But I think what I loved the most about Tall Story is how it shows that wherever we Filipinos are, our love for our families and friends remained steadfast. What about you? What are your favorite children’s and young adult books?
As always, happy reading and stay safe! Not sure if the storm is still raging in other parts of the country, but I heard there are areas flooded (as usual).