For the 31st National Book Awards, held on November 17, 2012 at the National Museum of the Philippines, the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle bestowed the title of Best Leisure Book on 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask Volume 2.
The citation for the award reads:
“Kids, or more precisely, the kids in all of us, kids, adults, or even seniors, love to ask questions. If we don’t, then we have a problem. Curiosity drives progress, and without curiosity, we would not be anywhere. The book 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask tries to satisfy our curiosity about some questions that are on our minds, but what it really does is to make us realize that we should be asking some of the questions in the book that have never occurred to us. For example, Who are the binukot? Who invented video games? Who invented sipa? Why do flowers smell good? How can we help reduce our carbon footprint? How do people choose where to put cemeteries? These are not questions that kids – Filipino or not – are likely to ask, but they should be asking these questions. No, we should be asking these questions. For making leisure educational as well as provocative, the National Book Award for Leisure is given to 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask, Volume 2, by Alai Agadulin, Javier Asuncion, Victoria Bravo, Kata Garcia, Emylou Infante, Glenda Oris, May Tobias-Papa, and Cynthia Villafranca, Adarna House and Liwayway Marketing Corporation.”
Not mentioned in the citation, but deserving of equal merit and recognition, are the illustrators of the book Pergylene Acuña, Frances Alvarez, Audrey Ang, Zeus Bascon, Nicole Lim, Lynyrd Narciso, Ariel Santillan, and Ray Sunga; and book designer Abi Goy.