Now on its 4th year, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for the Young (PBBY) will present the National Children’s Book Awards on July 2016. The NCBA will give honor to the best books for children and young adults (0-19 years) published during the years 2014 and 2015.

The National Book Development Board is now accepting nominations for the National Children’s Book Awards (NCBA).

All publishers, authors, and illustrators are encouraged to submit their nominations. Deadline for submission is February 12, 2016, Friday, 5:00 pm. Nominations mailed from outside Metro Manila will be accepted if post marked February 12, 2016.

A book is eligible if it complies with all of the following:

1. Published in the Philippines by an NBDB-registered publisher within the two (2) years preceding the year of selection;
2. Authored by a Filipino citizen;
3. Written in Filipino or English; and
4. Released to the public in the eligible year.

Steps in nomination:
1. Fill out the following:
i. Form 1A (if there are 3 or less entries/nominees); or
ii. Form 1B (if there are more than 3 entries/nominees).

2. Attach any one of the following:
i. Delivery receipt/s to a bookstore, or a dealer/jobber, or any similar entity that has the ability to distribute books to the public; or
ii. A donation to a school or library, which need not be formally accepted in an instrument by the beneficiary. It is enough that the donation is received, acknowledged and/or certified by the beneficiaries of said donation in writing; or
iii. Distributed in bookstores or entities that sell the book, including online stores, proof of which should be provided; or
iv. Produced/printed by a book facility/entity, as shown by a document that said book has been produced in quantities consistent with the act of publication. It is, however, understood, that the specific number of copies shall not be part of the criteria to determine the books to be selected for the Awards; or
v. A consignment agreement with a bookstore or outlet or a sales report.

3. Attach a copy of NBDB Certificate of Registration;

4. Provide us seven (7) copies of each book;

5. Submit all requirements to:

The Executive Director
National Book Development Board
Unit 2401 Prestige Tower, F. J. Ortigas Avenue,
Ortigas Center, 1605 Pasig City
Subject: The National Children’s Book Awards 2016

For further inquiries, please contact the NBDB Secretariat through Mr. Ryan Esteban at telephone number (02) 929-3887 local 804 or email

The text of General Guidelines is available here .

During the 3rd National Children’s Book Awards held in 2014, four books were chosen as Best Reads of 2014 and two books were given special awards from over 140 books nominated.

The following are books recognized as Best Reads in 2014:

Author: Weng D. Cahiles
Illustrator: Isa N. Natividad
Publisher: Adarna

Author: Raissa Rivera Falgui
Illustrator: Fran Alvarez
Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

Author: Felinda V. Bagas
Illustrator: Aldy C. Aguirre
Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

Author: Xi Zuq
Illustrator: Dominic Agsaway
Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.

Kids’ Choice Awards (for Best Picture Book)

Author: Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan
Illustrator: Gutch Gutierrez
Publisher: The Bookmark, Inc.

Best Book for Readers Ages 0 to 4 (by Save the Children Foundation)

Illustrator: Pergylene Acuña
Publisher: Adarna House, Inc.