For Filipino families, the word "meme" is the gateway to sleep. Can one build an entire children's picture book around a single word? The answer is YES. For author Reni Roxas, no celebration of babyhood would be complete without a candid, joyous discussion of pee, poo, drool...and of course, dede! It's all in a day's work in the life of a baby. This Tahanan web talk invites viewers to an eye-opening discussion of all the elements that go into making a children's picture book today. Together, let's explore this space—that magical intersection of art, story, figurative language, and book design.
Reni Roxas is a writer, editor, and publisher. Her picture book Ay Naku! Won a National Children’s Book Award in 2011, and an anthology she edited, Hanggang sa Muli: Homecoming Stories for the Filipino Soul, was shortlisted in 2012 by the Manila Critics Citcle for Best Anthology in English. In 2019, she won a first prize Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for her children's story, "Pretty Peach and the Color-Matching Kaleidoscope."
About the book
Made for families with newborn babies, Méme is a picture book that chronicles a single day in the life of a baby. Long before it was used to describe a virally transmitted unit of information, meme was a well-worn word passed from parent to child for generations of Filipinos. To this day, there are families who practice this time-honored tradition, when whispering "meme" to an infant meant to give him the best gift of all—the gift of sleep.
MÉME: The Baby Book is a collaboration of award-winning children’s book creators: Reni Roxas (author), Kora Dandan-Albano (illustrator) and Auri Asuncion Yambao (book design). Filipino families living here and abroad will also appreciate a parallel bilingual text that uses basic, easy-to-understand Filipino words. Mothers and fathers are encouraged to read the book to the their child, and then with their child, and finally, have the toddler child read the book on their own. The author hopes that very young children will see themselves in the pages and know that they are the star of this book.