Expect to find a fresh harvest of Filipino children’s books at the upcoming 35th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), slated from September 17 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center.
The MIBF is the best place to get your annual stash of children’s books, where local and international publishers can be found all under one roof, and offer special discounts and deals for book fair visitors.
For primary readers, Adarna House’s new batch of board books include Masaya Ako! illustrated by Yasmin Doctor, Mga Hayop sa Pilipinas illustrated by Iori Espiritu, and Pista Na! illustrated by Ariel Santillan.
Meanwhile, new storybooks from Adarna publishing are A Boy Named Ibrahim by Sitti Aminah “Flexi” Sarte, illustrated by Aaron Asis, Go! by Becky Bravo and Vanessa Tamayo, May Darating na Trak Bukas illustrated by the multi-awarded Sergio Bumatay 3rd, Ngumiti Si Andoy by Xi Zuq, illustrated by Dominic Agsaway.
Summit Books features “Dream Big Books,” a line of storybooks by Yvette Fernandez that seek to inspire children, featuring personalities such as tycoon John Gokongwei, Jr. (Big John illustrated by Abi Goy), National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos (Nanay Coring illustrated by Liza Flores), Jesse Robredo (Simply Jesse illustrated by Nicole Lim), Lea Salonga (Princess Lea illustrated by Nicole Lim), and the Aquino Family (Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy illustrated by Abi Goy).
For non-fiction titles, Anvil Publishing will showcase the books The Rice Book for Kids and The Coconut Book for Kids by Norma Chikiamco, illustrated by Marvin Malabanan.
Anvil also offers the collection of stories by the late National Artist Nick Joaquin in Gotita de Dragon.
Tahanan Books returns with the second volume of Bugtong, Bugtong by Daniel Palma Tayona, a charming collection of 57 riddles in Filipino, a salute to the late great children’s book author Rene Villanueva.
Besides getting some of the these titles and more, make sure to bring your children to MIBF to teach them the value of reading early on.