The 2nd National Children’s Book Awards will be presented by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) in the year 2012 for books published in 2010 and 2011. Originally envisioned as a yearly event to honor significant children's books which exemplify the marriage of text and art, NCBA will instead be held on alternate years as the present number of entries, regrettably, does not as yet warrant a yearly competition.Once this situation is seen to have improved, the NCBA will only be too happy to revert to a yearly competition. This revision will also mean that this current cycle will intersect with the period celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal's birth and hopefully result in new Rizaliana for the youth. It must be remembered that the NCBA initiative is also meant to document the state of children's publishing in the country and to promote quality books for homes and school libraries.
The NBDB and PBBY began awarding the NCBA in 2010, in recognition of the best Philippine-published children’s books, including both works of fiction and nonfiction. Last year’s winners were picked out of 131 nominated books published in 2008 and 2009. Only six titles from four publishers were selected by a board of judges who publicly discussed the merits of the books during the awards ceremony. The competition guidelines stipulate a maximum of ten noteworthy titles for possible citation.
Last year’s NCBA winners were Araw sa Palengke (Adarna House) written by May Tobias-Papa and illustrated by Isabel Roxas; Tuwing Sabado (Lampara Books) written by Russell Molina and illustrated by Sergio Bumatay III; Can We Live on Mars? (Adarna House) written by Gidget Roceles-Jimenez and illustrated by Bru; Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub (Bookmark) written by Russell Molina and illustrated by Jomike Tejido; Tagu-Taguan (Tahanan Books) written and illustrated by Jomike Tejido; and Just Add Dirt (Adarna) written by Becky Bravo and illustrated by Jason Moss.
The nomination period for the 2012 NCBA will be announced shortly.