Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Publication News: Bookwatch and Ino the Invincible

As the month of July ends, allow me to share with you these wonderful publication news!

My article in Bookwatch gives readers an idea on the status of Storytelling groups in Manila and selected regions.

One, my article on reading, writing and storytelling groups in the regions can be read in Bookwatch, Vol. 21 No. 3. Bookwatch is the official magazine/folio of the National Book Development Board. Because it is July, articles in this issue are all about Philippine Children's Literature. Read up on the growth and development of children's books in the regions and books for kids that tackle difficult and controversial issues. This issue of Bookwatch also has a catalog of the Best Reads National Children's Book Awards winners from 2010 to 2016.

Check these titles! Do you have these books yet? The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is scheduled in September and all our local children's book publishers will be there to sell old favorites and new harvests! You have a month or so to save up and schedule a trip.

Speaking of the MIBF leads me to share with you the second news. Ino the Invincible, my book with Jonathan Ranola and Lampara House rolled out of the printers in time for the National Children's Book Day celebration in Iloilo!

Thank you, Lampara House!
Last Sunday, July 29, 2018, during the Salaysayan at Museo Pambata, I finally saw it and laid my hands on it.

Oh joy!

The story of Ino is inspired by my former students in Xavier School and their love for basketball. Many of the characters in the book, including the teacher, Mr. Modelo are drawn from real life. Basketball is an essential activity where boys and girls can develop skills as well as sportsmanship. The sport can also render them the growth of healthy relationships with each other.

The sport is in itself, a story. For many Filipinos, young and old who are fans of basketball, this book is for you!

Do visit the blog for details of the launch, book signing and workshop during the MIBF in September. I hope to see you there, friends and family!

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