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Chikiting
A Guide to Philippine Children's Literature
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Chikiting Reads
Mga Kuwento ni Lola BasyangThe MatsYou're A StarNaku, nakuu, nakuuu!Hilong TalilongDagat Sa Kama Ni TroyPapel de LihaThe Yellow Paper Clip with Bright Purple SpotsTight Times
Authors
Rene VillanuevaEugene EvascoLuis P. GatmaitanAlfredo SalangaLara SaguisagAmelia Lapeña-BonifacioHeidi Emily AbadChristine BelenCarla PacisSally EugenioLina Diaz de RiveraIsabella Clarisse Juria
Illustrators
Larry AlcalaJomike TejidoFerdinand DoctoleroLiza AlcarazRuben de JesusMarcus NadaElbert OrSergio Bumatay IIIMichael AdraoMariano ChingBeth Parocha DoctoleroBlooey SingsonMarcus Nada
Storytellers
Manolo SilayanCharlyn Chua
Publishers
Adarna HouseAnvil PublishingOMF Literature Inc.LG&M CorporationTahanan BooksLampara Publishing House
Children's Book Awards
National Book Award for Children's LiteratureSalanga Writers' PrizeAlacala Illustrators' Prize
Organizations
PBBYAlitaptap Storytellers PhilippinesKUTINGSASAng INKThe Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


During the early part of the 1900s, the only book available for Filipino children was the caton or cartilla--an instructional book on the Roman alphabet. When the Americans came, they introduced Filipino readers to Aesop's Fables, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland, and many others. After some time, local folktales were adapted to cope with the lack of reading materials for children. Severino Reyes--more popularly known as Lola Basyang--started by writing a series of tales in Liwayway Magazine. Camilo Osias and Juan C. Laya soon followed by publishing supplementary materials for students in elementary and high school. With these books serving as precursors to children's literature, readership and learning soon flourished in the country.

Over the past years, there have been significant efforts to uplift children's literature in the Philippines. In line with this great cause, WikiPilipinas presents the Philippine children's literature portal Chikiting. Chikiting compiles information on local children's books published throughout history. Featured in this portal are prolific authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Through Chikiting, WikiPilipinas lauds the efforts of the country's leading children's book publishers and organizations. WikiPilipinas joins them in working to raise readership and learning in the Philippines.

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Grande Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater

Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, also known as Tita Amel, is a playwright, writer, and a set designer. She is dubbed "The Grande Dame of Southeast Asian Children’s Theater." She started receiving awards and editorships for her writing as early as high school and college. Her set designing began in the University of the Philippines where she earned a Fulbright-Smith Mundth Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She became Research Fellow of several local and international grants. In 1977, she founded and managed "Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas," an official UP children’s theater and puppetry troupe... (read more)


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Yummy Fly Pie

Yummy Fly Pie is a flip-flap book on what animals eat, the sounds they make and how to politely say “no, thank you!” This book is freshly-baked by Jomike Tejido, who also worked on the illustrations. It was published by LG&M Corporation, an affiliate of the country's biggest educational publisher, Vibal Publishing... (read more)

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