July 16 is National Children’s Book Day : Basa mga Kapatid!

July 16 is the 30th National Children’s Book Day.  It is celebrated every 3rd Tuesday of July to commemorate the publication of  “Matsing at Pagong” , one of the fables submitted by Dr. Jose Rizal to Trubner’s Oriental Record, a European magazine in 1885.

Andres Bonifacio takes center stage in this year’s NCBD to mark his 150th birth anniversary.  “Basa mga Kapatid”, summarizes NCBD’s call to young readers, parents and educators to support and promote Philippine Children’ s Literature.


The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), an organization whose main advocacy is the development of children’s literature in the Philippines gives tips on how we can celebrate this year’s NCBD.  Read their simple and interesting list here.

Nanaystrip’s Project Raise A Reader joins this year’s NCBD celebration by committing to build our library of Philippine children’s literature.  Browsing through my growing book lists, I noticed that we don’t own a single Filipino children’s book.  No more excuses, I think it’s time to write down my priority book list and include Filipino books in our bedtime read aloud sessions.  It would be nice if I we could start with this year’s newly published books inspired by Andres Bonifacio’s life story.

PBBY has a list of award-winning Filipino children’s book which can guide parents like me who want to start reading Filipino literature to their toddlers.  Here are the lists of Salanga and Alcala awardees.

Basa mga kapatid! Sugod na sa mga bookstores mga Nanay!

Basa mga kapatid! Sugod na sa mga bookstores mga Nanay!

Nanays, let’s join this year’s National Children’s Book Day celebrations. Share your treasured and most loved Filipino children’s books. Maligayang pagbabasa!




4 thoughts on “July 16 is National Children’s Book Day : Basa mga Kapatid!

  1. Reblogged this on hallernanay and commented:
    I did not know that there is a National Children’s Book Day here in the Philippines. Now I know hahah ! Basahan ang ating mga anak ng Pilipinong libro. Tiyak pag laki nila makakamit nila ang talentong totoo! hahahah (Nag re-ready na sa Linggo ng Wika :p)


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