Dream Big Books, an imprint of Summit Books, is a children’s collection of books about the lives of extraordinary individuals whose stories could inspire young minds. Spark your child's dreams by introducing them to these achievers, in a langauge they will understand:
1. Big John: The Life Story of John Gokongwei Jr. Written by: Yvette Fernandez Illustrated by: Abi Goy Who it’s about: John Gokongwei Jr., chairman of JG Summit Holdings
Ask a Filipino what they know about John Gokongwei Jr. and the answers will range from Cebu Pacific, Jack ‘n Jill, Robinsons Malls or Sun Cellular. Filipinos know him as this big business mogul. He’s Big John. The Big John. Few know, however, that he started from the very bottom, with very little money.
This is the story of how little John became Big John, and what he’s most proud of – his family.
Excerpt: “I was little John with no money at all.
I cried. I was so sad. I was so angry. Being sad and angry will not put food on the table, my mother said. It will not help us buy clothes to keep us warm.
Be grateful that we all have each other, she said. We will all work together as a family, and we will be all right.”
A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF).
2. Nanay Coring: The Story of National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos Written by: Yvette Fernandez Illustrated by: Liza Flores Who it’s about: Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos, founder of National Book Store
As a child, Socorro “Nanay Coring” Ramos had to wrap bubble gum at a factory, curl other people’s hair at a beauty salon and sew buttons on shirts at a clothing factory so she could buy school supplies. But now, as an adult, through perseverance and hard work, she has provided countless of students with textbooks through her bookstore which has over 150 branches all over the country.
In this book, small and big readers will learn how National Book Store and Nanay Coring endured the test of time, including the Second World War.
Excerpt: “Ling bought a small bookstore, and I worked as the manager, buyer, salesgirl, cashier, janitor – ordering books, helping customers, manning the cash register, wrapping packages, mopping floors. We called in National Book Store for no special reason except that it was the brand of our cash register, and it sounded like a good name.”
A portion of the proceeds from this book goes to the National Book Store Foundation, Inc.
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3. Ninoy, Cory and Noynoy Written by: Yvette Fernandez Illustrated by: Abi Goy Who it’s about: Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino and Noynoy Aquino
Ninoy Aquino, husband and father, loved his country. He showed the world that courage meant standing up for your country and what you believed in no matter what stood in the way. He aspired to run for president and serve the people. Unfortunately, he was killed before he could realize that dream. His courage lived on through his wife who, by the people’s wishes, became the first woman president of the Philippines. And now, their son, Noynoy Aquino, has taken on the same path with the same passion to continue his parents’ dream of a better life for the people by becoming the 15th President of the Philippines.
Excerpt: (This story is told in Ninoy Aquino and Cory Aquino's son Noynoy Aquino’s perspective) “My parents dreamt of nothing less, died for nothing less than democracy and peace. We are all blessed by everything they did for the Philippines, and I want to – I will – continue their work.”
A portion of the proceeds of this book goes to Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-Angat at Pag-Asa (AGAPP).
4. Simply Jesse: The Story of Jesse Robredo Written by: Yvette Fernandez Illustrated by: Nicole Lim Who it’s about: Jesse M. Robredo, politician
Jillian Robredo loves her papa, Jesse Robredo, very much. He’s her hero. He worked for the people as mayor of Naga City for 19 years, and afterwards he was appointed by the President to help him make the country better for the Filipino people. Through it all, he still made sure that he watched every swimming competition Jillian was in. He was hardworking, humble, honest and an inspiration to everyone he met.
Excerpt: (This story is told in the perspective of Jesse Robredo’s youngest daughter, Jillian Robredo.) “When the typhoons came, Papa went around the city to make sure everyone was safe. Afterward, he helped clean up in his favorite T-shirts and tsinelas. During those times, many Nagueños helped so many other Nagueños. Papa believed that those who help others, even in the smallest way, are heroes. Papa is my hero.” A portion of the proceeds of this book goes to the Jesse M. Robredo Foundation.
5. Princess Lea: The Life Story of Lea Salonga Written by: Yvette Fernandez Illustrated by: Nicole Lim Who it’s about: Lea Salonga, theater actress and singer
Lea started acting in theater when she was only six years old. Even at a young age she already loved singing and acting. As a grown-up, she travelled all over the world to pursue her dreams, landing roles for Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. At 20 years old, she had already won many prestigious awards, including a Laurence Olivier and a Tony. Follow her life journey and learn what role she’s most proud of. Hint: it has something to do with her daughter Nicole Beverly.
Except: “It was tough going to school and working at the same time, but I didn’t want to give up one or the other, so I did both. I remember many nights in rehearsals reading textbooks and doing homework.”
A portion of the proceeds of this book goes to the ICanServe Foundation.
Dream Big Books are available on newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide for P125 each.