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[BHE 68] More Book Buys from the Philippines, Kinokuniya in Singapore, and Belated Library Loot


Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have called to us and found their way into our bookshelves. They could either be library loot or book buys from huge bookstores or discounted out-of-the-way little bookshops.

This week, I would be sharing my recent book buys from my latest visit in Manila when I was invited to give a talk a month ago.

Book Buys from Manila

Historical Fiction in Filipino Picture Books


I am glad to find these titles in the National Bookstore at SM Aura:

Si Segunda, Noong Panahon ng mga Espanyol by Augie Rivera and illustrations by Pepper Roxas

Si Juanito, Noong Panahon ng mga Amerikano by Augie Rivera and artwork by Jose Miguel Tejido

Si Diwayen, Noong Bago Dumating ang mga Espanyol by Augie Rivera and illustrations by Paolo Lim

Si Pitong, Noong Panahon ng mga Hapon by Augie Rivera and illustrations by Marcus Nada

Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara ang Batas Militar by Augie Rivera and illustrations by Brian Vallesteros

More Picture Books that may fit our Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age Bimonthly theme


Heaven’s Butterfly by Cathy & Pia B. Guballa and illustrations by Frances C. Alcaraz, Ang mga Lambing ni Lolo Ding by Michael Coroza and illustrations by Maurice Risulmi.

From Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang Series


Because I am a huge fan of this series: Ang Prinsipe ng mga Ibon by Christine S. Bellen and Frances C. Alcaraz.

Filipino Picture Book Biographies


I was delighted (pleasantly surprised, really) to find Filipino picture book biographies: Big John (The Life Story of John Gokongwei, Jr by Yvette Fernandez and illustrated by Abi Goy; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy also by Yvette Fernandez and Abi Goy.

Graphic Novel and YA Lit


I couldn’t resist purchasing 12, a wordless graphic novel by Manix Abrera, and Catch a Falling Star by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo.

Other Titles that Called to Me


Since new books are generally cheaper in Manila compared to here in Singapore, I thought of getting myself a copy of these lovelies: every day by david levithan, Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript found in Accra.


One of my soul sisters gave me a Paulo Coelho planner for 2013. I thought of continuing the tradition by getting myself the Day Planner for 2014.

Library Loot


More books from the library in keeping with our theme:

Farther by Grahame Baker-Smith
Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali
The Bear and the Wildcat by Kazumi Yumoto and Komako Sakai
Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward and illustrated by Julie Morstad
No One but You by Douglas Wood and PJ Lynch
Always & Forever by Debi Gliori and Alan Durant
Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castelucci and Julia Denos
Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild & Freya Blackwood
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon Muth
Old Pig by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks
Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood and LeUyen Pham
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh and Jamie Wyeth


Rudi’s Pond by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson and Philippe Lardy
What’s Heaven? by Maria Shriver and illustrated by Sandra Speidel
Rabbityness by Jo Empson
If You Listen by Charlotte Zolotow and Stefano Vitale
No Matter What by Debi Gliori
Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant


And of course, not to forget, Maurice Sendak’s My Brother’s Book.

Book Buys from Kino in Singapore


The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart.


And this is how my daughter prepared for middle school: Amelia’s Middle School Survival Guide by Marissa Moss.

A Special Book Surprise


I was also very happy to find these books in my mailbox this week, all thanks to the amazing Russell Molina, our featured author in GatheringBooks. I am glad to finally get my hands on Edsa, a picture book by Russell that was illustrated by our featured Illustrator as well, Sergio Bumatay III. Russell also sent me copies of Chapters 1 and 2 of his amazing Sixty-Six, his graphic novel illustrated by Ian Sta. Maria.

How about you, dear friends, what books found their way into your hands this week?

3 comments on “[BHE 68] More Book Buys from the Philippines, Kinokuniya in Singapore, and Belated Library Loot

  1. You must have infinite bookshelf space! This week, I bought Claire of the Sea by Edwidge Danticat, and The Color Master by Aimee Bender.


  2. While I can’t read all the titles, the books do look delightful, Myra. Too many books found their way my way, but at least they were from the library & cost only a little time to drop in to collect them. Best wishes to your daughter starting middle school-how she is growing up!


  3. Pingback: [Monday Reading] Faith, Hope, and Courage in Picture Books and Winner of AWB Reading Challenge for August |

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