by Zarah Gagatiga
What's amazing about the 2016 NCBA Winners this year is that, the six titles can be categorized and classified according to the reading stages outline by reading expert Jean Chall (1983).
For emergent literacy, age 0-6:
Dumaan si Butiki
by Gigi Concepcion, illustrated by Ray Sunga (Adarna House, 2015)
by Eli Camacho (Adarna House, 2015)
For beginning readers, age 7-9:
Mang Andoy's Signs
by Mailin Paterno Locsin, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Tahanan, 2015)
Salusalo Para Kay Kuya
by Ergoe Tinio, illustrated by JC Galang (Adarna House, 2015)
For middle grades, age 9-12:
by Xi Zuq, illustrated by Al Estrella (Adarna House, 2015)
For young Adult readers, age 13-18:
Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon
by Edgar Calabia Samar (Adarna House, 2014)
Librarians can, of course, catalog these books by subject and topics. But, as a school librarian, I take a look at the reader and his/her ability to read. What is a subject or a topic, if the reader can't read?
It is my hope that these books will find a home in the shelves of families, schools, even colleges and universities offering LIS, EDUC and Arts and Letters, public and community libraries servicing children and young adults, NGOs and foundations pursuing child development and literacy, government agencies and pediatric clinics.
Let the children read!
Author's Note: This list was posted on my FB Timeline a few days after the National Children's Book Day celebration held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. My intent is to help school librarians meet their readers where they are in terms of their experience, their context and their reading ability. his list is helpful in collection development, in the rendering of reader's services, and in planning reading guidance programs for young readers.
Teachers of reading will approach the classification of books differently. They look at the text and how comprehensible it is for young readers. They teach readers how to read with confidence and skill. Librarians support teachers by enriching the reading experience and lending necessary assistance for readers to develop a genuine love for reading.