Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Celebrate National Children’s Book Day with Tahanan Books – A Giveaway

Today is the 29th National Children’s Book Day and I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway sponsored by my favorite local publisher – Tahanan Books!

The first book we ever read by Tahanan was Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle,” the exact same book being commemorated by the National Children’s Book Day every third Tuesday of July, the reason for being of this annual celebration! I just found out about it (like right now!) when I googled about the celebration. Isn’t it amazing?

We then received as a gift the funny and endearing “Ay Naku!” written by Tahanan big boss Reni Roxas. Told in only 65 Filipino words, this book had my daughter exclaiming "ay naku!" over every little thing for several days. This is a must-have for those who want their young children to start appreciating the Filipino language.

Another gift we received was Tagu-Taguan, a counting book in Filipino by my favorite Filipino author and illustrator Jomike Tejido. Told in rhyme, little ones will have fun counting the beautifully drawn critters. This is definitely a superior alternative to other counting books in the market.

And then, I discovered The Chair King and used the story of a chair-loving giant to teach my daughter a bit about our country’s history and Independence Day. I shared our unit study in a blog post and was amazed by the feedback I got.  

Needless to say, our experiences with Tahanan Books were always wonderful and made me want to take a closer look. What I saw excited me very much: picture books of the highest quality, in content and appearance, which I find comparable to the classic American picture books we are reading at home.

Some may find the books a bit pricey compared to other Filipino-authored children’s books out there, but the books are worth it! Let me tell you why.

Works of Art

The art work of the books we’ve read, including the ones I gushed about above, are just FANTASTIC. A book’s illustration is one of the things that should be considered when buying a book. Beautifully illustrated books can elevate a child’s taste in art. Some of the Tahanan books I just fell in love with have paintings for illustrations, such as The Mats, Bahay Kubo, and The Quarreling Kites - all available at Shop@The Learning Basket. :D

Very Filipino

Though most of the books published by Tahanan are written in English, their books are very Filipino, with universal appeal. When a childhood friend, who resides in Australia, asked me for Philippine children’s books, Tahanan books were the first on the list I sent her. The books, both written in Filipino and English, give the reader a sense of the Philippines through the stories and illustrations. 

Excellent Quality

Just take a look at one of their books and you will see how different it is from other local children's books. It is on a level all its own, from the stories, words used, art work, and clean layout.

The excellence of every Tahanan book that we have read convinced me that Filipino parents must know about the publishing house and to make its books available to as many people as possible through our online bookshop. 

The Giveaway

Tahanan Books has generously offered copies of "The Chair King" and "Ay Naku!" for this giveaway. There will be two winners who will choose which book they would like to have. Each winner will win only one book.

Just follow the Rafflecopter to join!  This will run from July 17 to 22. The winners will be announced on the 23rd. Have fun and good luck!

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Dorry Lyn said...

wow.. thank you so much and congrats to the winners :) isa na ako dun

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Good luck! :)

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Tahanan Books are a cut above the rest! :) Glad you discovered something new!

cheng said...

joining! hope to win these books for our 2 babies! :)

Dorry Lyn said...

hoping to win

Rachel Anne Del Rosario said...

Wow, these books are special and thanks for this giveaway i recently discovered the Tahanan Books, all their books are great and educational. Hope to win.

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

We really need more books like what Tahanan produces!

Rheea said...

We Have Ay Naku and we love it. So I hope to win The Chair King :)

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Good luck, Chris! And thanks for retweeting!

Chris Amador said...

Joined! Hope to win :)

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Good luck Mama Tina! :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...


Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Yes yes yes. I'm really glad to know about other fans! 

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Tahanan Books are the best, I promise! :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Good luck! :D

Sharonvm said...

Just joined! :-) 

Jenny Ang said...

I like all these books! Appreciate your introducing them here as I want my child to learn about our language and of course the values!

Blessie Adlaon said...

We love Tahanan books! As far as literature for Filipino children go, they are arguably the best publishers we have today! 

sanne said...

can i join? haha

TrulyRichMom/TeacherMamaTina said...

Just joined! :) hehe! :D