Free eBook on state of Childrens' Books in the time of COVID

The Cultural Center of the Philippines with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) launched a free eBook, "Magkaiba? Magkaisa! Magbasa: Ang Danas ng Nagkakaisang Sektor para sa Librong Pambata sa Panahon ng COVID" to celebrate the National Children's Book Day last July 20, 2021.

The book contains writings by various authors on the state of the Children's Books sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes 9 essays by authors, publishers, educators, and children's books advocates on how the industry is doing with the current situation. Ana Rosa Almario is the editor of the free book.

The National Children's Books Day or NCBD in the Philippines is celebrated every third Tuesday of July, for the anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal's publication of the children's story "The Monkey and the Turtle."

Zarah Gagatiga, Filipino Librarian and blogger for the blog School Librarian in Action, has an article on "Librarians and Libraries: On Shifts and Pivots During the Pandemic Era."

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The Table of Contents of the Book are as follows:

  • “Kumbaga Sa Lugaw: Kung Bakit ‘Essential’ Ang Aklat-Pambata Sa Panahon ng Pandemya at Bakuna (O Kung Bakit Kailangang Patuloy na Magsulat sa Gitna ng Pandemya)” by Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan
  • “Mga Munting Tugon Sa Hamon” by Ruben de Jesus
  • “Keep Safe and Healthy: The Challenges of Publishing During the Pandemic” by Frances A. Ong
  • “Alternatibo at Independiyenteng Paglalathala ng mga Akdang Pambata sa Gitna ng Pandemya” by M.J. Cagumbay Tumamac
  • “Maluwalhating Pagtulay sa Pandemya” by Gerardo V. Cabochan Jr.
  • “Librarians and Libraries: On Shifts and Pivots During the Pandemic Era” by Zarah Gagatiga
  • “Going the Distance: Learning in the Time of COVID-19” by Twinkle Caro Sicat
  • “Igniting a Love for Reading in the Time of Pandemic” by Rey Bufi
  • “Ang Sentro para sa Batang Filipino sa Panahon ng Krisis” by Beverly Siy

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Source: Cultural Center of the Philippines. (18 July 2021). CCP celebrates the 38th National Children's Book Day with free E-Book. Link

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