Lampara Books, published by Lampara Publishing House, Inc. (LPHI), is scoring a hit with Spanish-speaking readers of children’s books with the translation-publication-distribution of its series of illustrated children’s stories, Kuwentong Nanay, by Panamericana Editorial Ltda. (www.panamericaneditorial.com)
Kuwentong Nanay, written by award-winning children’s books author Segundo D. Matias, Jr, is a collection of stories paying tribute to the greatness of mothers. The first story was released in 2009 and new stories are added each year.
The seven titles translated into Spanish are Superwoman si Inay (Mommy is Superwoman); Sexy ang Mommy Ko (My Mommy is Sexy); Mahal Kita, Inay (I Love You, Inay); Mommy, Mommy!; May Magic si Inay (Mommy Knows Magic); Sikat ang Mommy Ko (My Mommy is Famous); and Ang Aking Anghel (My Angel).
The books were illustrated by award-winning Filipino artists and children’s books illustrators, including Ghani Madueño, Rowen Agarao, Beth Parrocha-Doctolero, Zeus Bascon, Kora Dandan-Albano, and Ray-Ann Bernardo.
As translated into Spanish by Juan Pablo Mojica, the seven titles are Mi mamá es supermujer; Mi mamá es muy bonita; Te amo, mami; Mami, mamiii; Mi mama sabe hacer magia; Mi mamá es famosa; and Mi ángel.
Panamericana Editorial Ltda. (www.panamericanaeditorial.com) is a Bogota D C., Colombia-based publisher and distributor of Spanish-language books.
LPHI (www.lamparabooks.com.ph) is one of the leading publishers of children’s books in the Philippines. It publishes children’s stories written by budding and award-winning Filipino writers as well as foreign authors; a harvest of the stories is culled from national story writing contests (including the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the PBBY [Philippine Board on Books for Young People]-Salanga Prize). The stories are written in two languages—Filipino and English—and are illustrated by award-winning Filipino artists and illustrators of children’s books. The books are laden with good moral lessons and values and provide inspiration to develop a profound love for books and reading.
Segundo D. Matias, Jr. is an award-winning children’s book author, having won prizes from the Palanca and the PBBY-Salanga Prize. He earned a certificate for Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Filipino from the Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Aside from Kuwentong Nanay, he has also written a series of books about modern Philippine legends and about vice. He has written scripts for television as well as film. He is the author of the ongoing popular series of books, Moymoy Lulumboy. He is a member of the Writers’ Studio, a group of film and television writers, and is the president and founder of LPHI, along with its sister publications Precious Pages Corporation, Life is Beautiful Creatives, and Red Line Media among others.