On 20 July, 2010 PBBY will once again commence the celebration of National Children's Book Day. This year, we're awarding the Salanga to Raymond Falgui for his beautiful poetry and the Alacala to Aldy Aguirre for his dreamy and whimsical illustrations of Falgui's poems. Ms. Candy Gourlay, fresh from the successful publication of her Young Adult novel,Tall Story, in the UK, will deliver the keynote address. The opening of the Albert Gamos Retrospective and the presentation of published children's books and YA novels are part of this year's NCBD as well. Three days after, PBBY and the National Book Development Board (NBDB) will announce the Best Reads of 2008 and 2009 at the Mandarin Hotel in Makati.
The NCBD is a one day event that will transpire at the Museo Pambata (for 2010). This, however, does not stop schools, learning communities, libraries and families from celebrating NCBD. This July, a host of NCBD related activities can be organized by individuals and groups of people who love books and the children who read them.
Here is my top ten NCBD activities for schools and libraries:
1. Conduct storytelling sessions in the classrooms and in the library
2. Organize a Filipino book characters on parade
3. Invite a Filipino Author and/or Illustrator to speak to kids
4. Display winners of the Salanga and the Alcala winners in the library with their accompanying authors and illustrators. The PBBY website has the list of winners
5. Stage your own Best Reads by parents, teachers and students. Remember to focus on Filipino books for children and young adults
6. Drum up the theme by showcasing Filipino books that carry this year's slogan: Ang Nagbabasa Ng Libro Laging Panalo! (A Book Reader Is A Winner!)
7. Hold contests on story writing and illustrating. This can be a follow-up activity from the author and illustrator visit
8. Publish or display reviews of Filipino story books by students online or in the school paper
9. Invite parents, school officials, teachers and other members of the learning community to talk about books they grew up with
10. Read a Filipino children's book or YA novel.
The NCBD celebration is not exclusive to PBBY. Bring it to your schools and families. After all, we are all here to celebrate reading, books and the Filipino young reader.