Every third Tuesday of July, the Philippines celebrates National Children’s Book Day to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London. PBBY (Philippine Board on Books for Young People) spearheads the celebration, which includes a presentation of the year’s crop—local publishers’ new releases for children—and the awarding of the Salanga and Alcala Prizes.
GettingPaged is happy to join the celebrations and promote local children’s literature by organizing a #BookDrop for July, when we will ‘drop’ a book somewhere to be found by a lucky reader. We are looking for volunteers and donors to help us give books away! There are 3 ways to participate:
(1) Volunteer for bookdrops. GettingPaged has 5 sets of 5 PBBY-awarded storybooks* ready for 5 volunteers. We’re looking for 1 volunteer in non-Metro Manila Luzon, 2 in Visayas, and another 2 in Mindanao. (GettingPaged will be in Batanes in July, so that makes 2 for Luzon also.) For a chance to get a set, tell us where you are with a tweet to @GettingPaged using the hashtags #PBBY #BookDrop #NCBD . We will raffle off the sets & announce the winners on June 17 (two Tuesdays from now). We’ll increase the number of winners if we get more books. (See #2)
(2) Donate books to be dropped. We can do meet-ups in Quezon City or Ortigas if you would like to donate local children’s books to add to our raffle. If you’re a blogger, you can do your own bookdrop raffle or you can bully your friends for an organized bookdrop. Here is the tag/card we made, our logo removed, in case you want to use it.
(3) Go solo! Choose from your favorite local kids’ books, drop one somewhere, and post about it on social media using the hashtags. Or, just help us promote Filipino children’s literature by greeting everyone a Happy National Children’s Book Day on July 17.
* Each set contains the following books:
- Ngumiti si Andoy
- Anong Gupit Natin Ngayon?
- May Higante sa Aming Bahay
- Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu!
- Tight Times