Diversified - Rainbow Colours of Literature Illustrator Sketchpad Reading Themes

Meet the Storyteller-Artist-Book Designer Daniel Palma Tayona – Featured Artist for July-August

Myra here.

We have just recently launched our new reading theme here at GatheringBooks for July-August.


As I was racking my head on who we could feature for our Diversified theme, a friend from the Philippines came to attend a conference here in Singapore bearing two bags full of books. Then it suddenly hit me like a sledgehammer – this profoundly talented book artist, graphic designer, storyteller-illustrator is the perfect posterboy for our Rainbow Colours of Literature. Like what I mentioned in my Facebook post, he is the most soulful bear of them all.


Meet the Storyteller/ Illustrator Sketchpad: Daniel Palma Tayona

“Daniel Palma Tayona grew up in a tree-lined street in Sampaloc. For his grade and high school years, he studied in a small Catholic parochial school; and for his university studies took up Tourism and Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. After college he spent several years working as a bookstore manager, an art director for an ad agency, editor for a media company, puppeteer, and for a dot.com company that lasted for a year.

In 2005, he joined CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development) and became its creative director. He has designed and illustrated children’s books for the past 17 years. Notable of these books he designed are “Doll Eyes” (it won The National Children’s Book Award for 2012), and “The Rocking Horse” (winner of the 2007 Gintong Aklat Award). He wrote and illustrated “Bugtong, Bugtong 2,” a book of riddles and the life in the day of a dog.

He is also a painter and has had several exhibits to his credit. He now lives with his Chihuahua Summer in the city of Pasay.”

How about you, fellow bibliophiles, what is happening in your blog this summer?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “Meet the Storyteller-Artist-Book Designer Daniel Palma Tayona – Featured Artist for July-August

  1. Pingback: RIP, Daniel Palma Tayona | The Infinite Library and Other Stories

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