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Tips for Writing a Children’s Picture Book

After opening the Meranaw storywriting contest, some interested writers asked for tips on writing for children. This is a great question, as children’s picture books are such a unique category. First (as with any story), start with a strong character and plot. Is the character interesting enough to make kids want to read more? Is your plot clear enough to summarize in two sentences? Children’s stories remind me of poems: they seem simple, yet aren’t […]

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Literacy and Love: the PBBY Children’s Book Summit in Manila

Last week, the Philippine Board on Books for Young People held its 32nd annual Book Summit for children’s literature in Manila. It was an inspiration to see the dedication of the industry to moving Philippine children’s literature forward, to be in the same room with so many publishers, librarians, speakers, readers, illustrators and book advocates.

Some photos from the event follow, below the fold.

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Balay Sugidanun (House of Storytelling)

Genevieve Asenjo, of indie Hiligaynon publisher Balay Sugidanun (House of Storytelling). She published a beautifully illustrated children’s book, “Si Bulan, Si Adlaw, kag Si Estrelya” by Early Sol Gadong in Hiligaynon (a Visayan language).

If you’d like to order a copy, you can contact Genevieve at vvasenjo(at)gmail(dot)com. The book sells for P250 / US$7 + delivery fees.

Book summary: Once upon a time, Adlaw and Bulan lived together as husband and wife. Adlaw boasted of his brightness and life-giving powers. Bulan was majestic to look at, with many beings – heavenly and earthly – mystified and envious of her vast beauty. Bulan knew that Adlaw married her because she wanted to show her off to other beings in the sky. She hoped that Adlaw would realize that she, too, had her own desires other than being just pretty.

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Meet Me in Manila

This is a thrill. I’ve been invited to speak about Sari-Sari Storybooks at the June 8 Meetup for the Society of Children’s Book Writers + Illustrators, Manila chapter. I’ll talk about the project, it’s structure, and why I think it’s vital to support Filipino languages via children’s books. Alyssa Sarmiento, co-author of “Melo the Umang-Boy,” will also share some of her process in developing the Ivatan story in Batanes. If you are an illustrator, writer, […]

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