The month of July is dedicated to the promotion and development of children’s books. Every year on the third week of this month, National Children’s Book Day is celebrated. It is also a day in which we commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Dr. Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.
This year, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is having two events to celebrate the 32nd National Children’s Book Day. On July 21, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with PBBY is holding a literary summit called “Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit.” On July 25, PBBY is holding a librarians’ workshop called “Creative Reading Programs for School Libraries Servicing K-12 Learners” and a Children’s Book Fair at the Rizal Library.
Umuulan ng Libro: Philippine Children’s Book Summit (July 21)
This whole-day summit will feature discussions on diverse topics such as Asian children’s books, children’s book illustration, best practices in copyright, children’s librarianship, and Filipino comics. It will feature both local and international speakers. The festival will be concluded by the awarding of the 2015 PBBY-Salanga Prize and 2015 PBBY–Alcala Prize. The summit is open to authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and librarians who are devoted in ensuring quality books for children.
For inquiries about the summit, you may contact 352-6765 loc 204.
Librarians Workshop and Children’s Book Fair (July 25)
This workshop to be run by PBBY member and librarian par excellance, Zarah Gagatiga, shall provide activities that will help librarians design and develop reading programs for students. Participants are encouraged to bring existing reading programs they implement in their school libraries. This will be followed by a presentation of recommended reads for kids and teens and a book discussion of favorite children’s books.
A book fair, featuring eight local children’s book publishers, will also be held at the 5th floor of the Rizal Library. For inquiries about the workshop and book fair, you may contact 0939 934 6521.
For further details about the two events, visit the PBBY website.