Tuesday, July 19, 2005

National Children's Book Day

Did you read a book today? The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) celebrates National Children's Book Day on the third Tuesday of July, in commemoration of the first published children's story of Dr. Jose Rizal of The Tale of the Tortoise and the Monkey in the July 1889 of Trubner's Record: A Journal Deveoted to the Literature of the East. National Children's Book Day is also the day that the Board awards the Grand Prize for the 2005 PBBY-Salanga and PBBY-Alcala awards.

Just wanted to share some of the highlights of this happy Dream-Come-True-Day. National Artist Virgilio Almario (a.k.a. Rio Alma) presented the award to May Ann and I. Alitaptap Storyteller Charlyn Chua, dressed up in yellow and purple spots, read my story and it was a hit with the kids! We were also interviewed by Art-is-Kool and Jr. Inquirer. To Papa and Mama, Cricket and Kevin, Jana, Cecile, Gang, and Glenn - THANK YOU so much for being there with me on this special day. Hope this is the start of a great adventure!

Click here for a short article featured in INQ7.net on National Children's Book Day.

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