National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Wish List

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Hello, readers! Our topic for this week is about what we, as readers, wish to see out there in bookstores in the future.

Hulyo 20 – 25: Wish List
Anong Pilipinong aklat pambata o pangkabataan ang gusto mong mailimbag? (Maaaring paksa, uri ng aklat, o ng isang manunulat o ilustrador. Maaaring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

What Filipino children’s / young adult book do you want published? (You can choose from themes, genre, book of a particular writer or illustrator.  Feel free to list one or more.

Please note I haven’t got the time to research if my wish list already exists in the market so I’m apologizing in advance if that is the case. Without further ado, here is mine:

Children’s Books

When I was still unable to read, both my grandmother and sister tirelessly told me stories. Sometimes they’d read books to me out loud, sometimes they’d share it to me from their memory.

1. Stories of Juan Tamad (Lazy John)

Because I doubt the children of today know who he is. Admittedly, I can’t remember all of Juan Tamad’s stories anymore (I was maybe two or three all right). But I do remember the story of Juan Tamad and the crabs.

One day, his mother asked him to buy crabs in the market. Juan, being the lazy boy that he is, chose to play with the other kids instead of going home and released the crabs into the water, asking the crabs to go home ahead of him.

2. Other Philippine Folk Tales

We have a lot of folk tales, folklore, legends, myths. Again, I can’t recall them anymore but every region has one: Visayan, Ilocano, Tagalog (as in the case of Juan Tamad), Waray etc. The stories usually involved fruits, trees, animals. I vaguely remember stories about pineapple, coconut, bananas, monkeys, turtles, etc. I’m sure some of the stories are already out there.

3. Life stories of our lesser known heroes and other notable Filipinos like Carlos P. Romulo and Fe del Mundo.

Because. Their life stories need to be told. They gave excellent service to the country and are a good role model. Need I say more? 🙂

Young Adult Books

I hope to see more of these, like Edgar Calabia Samar’s Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon.


Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sa iba’t-ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!


I love books like Janus Silang and Veronica Mist’s The Seven. Both for young adults, these books have a touch of horror, fantasy, and adventure.


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.


The book doesn’t have to have a touch of horror. It can be contemporary like Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story.

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.


This concludes my weekly post for the tour. Thank you for staying with us. I hope you go participate in the activities. Check out the schedule here:



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