In celebration of Filipino American History Month, our Bookshop is proud to present this mini- Festival as a tribute to a well-known FilAM who has lived in New York until he passed away in 2012. Jose E. Aruego paved the way for Filipino and FilAm graphic artists and authors of children's books. Born in August 9, 1932, in Manila and educated at the University of the Philippines, B.A., 1953, LL.B., 1955; Parsons School of Design, Certificate in Graphic Arts and Advertising, 1959. His career as a children's book author and illustrator started in 1959-60. In 1970, his book "Juan and the Asuangs" was designated by the New York Times as Outstanding Picture Book of the Year. In subsequent years, his other works were also recognized by NY Times: 1971, "The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo" and in 1972, "Look What I Can Do!". The American Library Association chose his books as Notable Book selections in 1970, for "Whose Mouse Are You?", 1972, for "Milton the Early Riser," 1974, for "Mushroom in the Rain" and in 1979, for "We Hide, You Seek". Many of his other titles that followed were likewise recognized: Children's Book Council Showcase selection, 1972, for "Look What I Can Do!", 1973, for "The Chick and the Duckling"; "A Crocodile's Tale," and in 1974, for "Owliver". American Institute of Graphic Arts Children's Books of the Year listee, 1972, for "A Crocodile's Tale", and 1974, for "Marie Louise and Christophe" and "Mushroom in the Rain". Brooklyn Art Books for Children citations, 1973, for "Leo the Late Bloomer", and 1974, for "Milton the Early Riser"; Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor designation, 1974, for "Herman the Helper"; Society of Illustrators citation, 1976, for "Milton the Early Riser" and in 1977, he won the Gold Medal at the Internationale Buchkunst-Ausstellung (Leipzig) for "Mushroom in the Rain." In 1976, he was given the "Outstanding Filipino Abroad in Arts Award" by the Philippine government. Aside from the titles mentioned here, he also did the artworks for other authors and his books are in many libraries all over the US. Some titles have continued to be reprinted by various publishers. A selection of his books will be sold during this Festival. We hope you will all come and support our efforts to bring you this first ever Festival of Philippine Books for Children. It is my fi


nale tribute to the Fil Am community of Los Angeles because I am retiring on December 31, 2022. Mabuhay to all authors and graphic artists of books for Filipino children! Carry on the work that Joe Aruego had started!





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