Monday, July 7, 2014

How Well Do You Know Your Children's Book Publishers: Answers

Publihser #1 - How well do you know your publisher/publishing house? 

This publishing house publishes a series of illustrated story books on health and hygiene that touches on the values of self care, responsibility and discipline at the same time. Each title of a book in the series begins with an Interjection that catches the attention, and the eye, of the young reader. Name this publisher/publishing house!

Publisher #2 - How well do you know your publisher/publishing house? 

This publishing house is the first to venture into publishing stories for kids way back in the 70s. Back then, it was known for its stories printed in newsprint books with comic like illustrations. I remember, as a grade schooler, book sellers of this publishing house would visit our school to do book talks of illustrated story books like Pilar Katterpillar and Ang Mayang Uhaw. It has now evolved into a publishing house that assists teachers and parents in raising young Filipino readers. 

Name this publisher/publishing house!

Publisher #3 - How well do you know your publisher/publishing house?

Today's featured publisher/publishing house does not consider itself a publishing house, but it works with publishers to produce books for children anyway. In 2005, it launched a book about a man who planted trees, an eco-fable from France adapted and written by Augie Rivera and illustrated by Romeo Forbes. The book (guess the title) was the initiative for a yearly contest where in a visual artist's work is used as inspiration for a children's story. The winning manuscript is then illustrated, or painted, by the visual artist of the year. The winning stories can be read online for FREE.

In 2012, Doll Eyes, one of the winning stories of its yearly contest was included in the Best Reads National Children's Book Award of the PBBY and the NBDB.

Name this publisher/publishing house!

Answer #1: OMF - Hiyas
Apart from the Tito Dok series, Hiyas carries the Oh Mateo Series by Grace D. Chong. Another favorite author of mine who writes for Hiyas is Robert Magnuson, author of The Great Duck and Crocodile Race. This picture book for children was among the Best Reads National Children's Book Award winners of 2012.

Answer #2: Adarna House
Adatna House continues to stretch its wings for the young Filipino Reader. It has ventured into digital publication of its award winning picture books, Ang Araw sa Palengke and But That Won't Wake Me Up in iTunes. Early this year, Adarna House launched a young adult novel, Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon written by Edgar Samar.

Answer #3: CANVAS
As a non-profit organization, CANVAS has a literacy campaign supporting books and reading development. Check their website and find out more about 1 Million Books for 1 Million Filipino Children Initiative that aims to promote literacy and encourage the love of reading (as well as an awareness and appreciation for Philippine art) to various groups of underprivileged children. 

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