Taiguini Books publishes cultural and indigenous literature for adults and children, with the goal of capturing and preserving the eloquence and depth of the dynamic Micronesian storytelling tradition in written form.
In partnership with Guam’s Festival of the Pacific Arts Kumitehan Fina’che’cho’ Lepblon Famagu’on gi i Fino’ Natibu Siha, in the summer of 2016, Taiguini Books published four children’s books written in the CHamoru language. The books highlight the beauty and depth of the CHamoru language and culture and explore the roles of family, nature, and interconnectedness in shaping CHamoru children.
Taiguini Books is committed to expanding its collection of cultural literature to include novels, collections of short stories, poetry, and children’s books written about and for the people of Micronesia. If you or anyone you know is interested in publishing cultural literature, please see our submission guidelines.
Andrea Nicole Grajek
Guaiyayon na Trongkon Mansanita (The Loveable Mansanita Tree) highlights the special bond shared between three young sisters, who found sanctuary and adventure under the canopy of their loveable mansanita tree. Set in 1950s Guam, this book captures a time when children discovered joy in nature and in each other.
Joseph Flores Sablan
I Malinguna Påtgon (The Lost Child) tells the story of a young girl named Bella, who feels like she has been forgotten by her large and very busy family. She finds friendship and love in her garden. Through captivating illustrations, I Malinguna Påtgon depicts key CHamoru values, particularly the importance of family and working together.
Cielo de los Reyes
Ma Guaiya Yu’, si Nåna yan si Tåta (Grandma and Grandpa Love Me) is a vibrant picture book featuring lovely watercolor illustrations that depict the many ways grandparents show their love to their grandchildren. From holding hands in church to going on hikes in the jungle, this story describes the important role grandparents play in the lives of ifamagu’on-ta, our children.
Si Pedro yan i Hilet Oru na Ko’ko’ (Pedro and the Golden Ko’Ko’) is an exciting tale of a young boy named Pedro from Malesso’, who is on a quest to capture the clever Golden Ko’ko’. The Golden Ko’ko’ only comes around every 100 years, and Pedro, determined to catch him, spends his days setting up traps along the Ko’ko’s path in southern Guam.