April Winner and More by Frances Alvarez

Congrats to Aubrey R. for winning the April book giveaway for a hardback copy of An Eagle’s Feather by Minfong Ho and illustrated by Frances Alvarez.

If you would like to get your own copy, you can purchase directly from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology book store. 35% of the net proceeds from every Cornell Lab Publishing Group book purchase will support projects such as children’s educational and community programs!


Here’s a list of other books illustrated by Frances Alvarez:


Kaisa-Isa Niyan Musical editor Dr. Felicidad A. Prudente and illustrated by Frances Alvarez

At the hour of bedtime, nothing enchants parents and children like the joy of a well-loved folk song. Over a quarter-decade since publishing Bahay Kubo to wide acclaim, Tahanan Books unveils three folk songs sure to enthrall new generations of Filipino families. Carefully selected by musicology expert Dr. Felicidad A. Prudente, each song features regional customs and traditions that showcase the diversity of our islands. Playful, humorous, at times wistful, these melodies hark back to a time when life was as simple as counting rusty coins, clanging a gong, and catching crabs for dinner. Evocatively illustrated by Kora Dandan Albano, Harry Monzon, and Fran Alvarez, these rich musical landscapes offer young and old a fresh portal into the ear and soul of Philippine culture.

Language – English and Maguindanaon

Available at Tahanan Books

good night philippines

Good Night Philippines, Good Night World written by Mila Bongco-Philipzig illustrated by Frances Alvarez

Picture book. A dreamy book of different people in different places tenderly saying goodnight to each other. Each spread highlights a specific place and language in the Philippines, as well as a place and language in another country, as separated Filipino loved ones bid each other good night.

Language – English, phrases in multiple languages

Available at Anvil Publishing and as ebook on Hoopla and Amazon Kindle


Hating Kapatid written by Raissa Rivera Falgui and illustrated by Fran Alvarez

Picture book. “Hating Kapatid” is Filipino/Tagalog for “Siblings Who Share”. Kuya (big brother) and I always share food. But why is his share always bigger? Is this what fair share means?

Language – bilingual Filipino and English

Available at Adarna House and Arkipelago Books

can we live without trees

Can We Live without Trees? written by May Tobias-Papa and illustrated by Frances Alvarez

Picture reference book. Here is a reference book about how important trees are to humans and to all living things, how biologically diverse the Philippines is, and how we can help save our forests.

Find out whether we can really live without trees.

Language – English

Available at Adarna House

100 questions phil 2

100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask Volume 2 compilation by various authors and illustrators

Picture book. Since our readers couldn’t get enough of the first volume, here’s another volume of questions (and answers) for children to enjoy. Only this book answers questions such as –What is a bar code? Can scientists predict the end of the world? Did ancient Filipinos wear underwear? Where does our trash go? — with a delightful mix of facts, trivia and activities. This richly illustrated oversized coffee table book answers the questions that Filipino kids might have regarding science, history, culture and many other topics.

Language – English

Available at Adarna House, Arkipelago, and Amazon

Dear Universe

Dear Universe written by Pierra Calasanz-Labrador and illustrated by Frances Alvarez

Adult Poetry. If Pierra Calasanz-Labrador s debut poetry collection The Heartbreak Diarieswas equivalent to an ugly cry, this second volume is an introspective journey, a quiet voice longing to be heard. Like stumbling upon an introvert’s secret diary, these fifty poems chronicle fervent wishes, hidden fears, and everyday acts of bravery that may sound uncannily familiar.

Whether you are searching for a soul mate, battling self-doubt, clearing out skeletons in your heart, or trying to chart your own course in an increasingly judgmental world, Dear Universe is an astute, empowering reminder that you are not alone.

Language – English

Available at Anvil Publishing and Amazon

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