Olympia Terral(Author), Dawn Lees Reyes
Dawn Lees Reyes
Atisa is the last surviving adult håyon lågu, or "tree of the north" on Guam. She has become the Mother Tree and the final hope for this beautiful native species to survive. Faced with many dangers, she finds joy in her friendships with the jungle creatures around her. "Mother Tree" teaches the value of protecting the natural world around us. It will inspire young readers to learn more about native species and how to help them thrive.
Dolores Barcinas Santos(Author), Jessica Perez-Jackson
CHamoru ancestors in the Mariana Islands marked time using the phases of the moon and the important seasons in their lives. Months were named to describe seasonal weather and the best times to fish, plant, and harvest food. Just like their ancestors, the Barcinas girls – Lole’, Lia, Rita, Arisa, and Ha’åne’ – mark time using the seasons of their beautiful village of Malesso’ in southern Guam. 13 Months in Malesso' captures a distinctly CHamoru sense of time and place, and beautifully illustrates the many ways in which the island of Guam nourishes and sustains its people.
Catherine Payne(Author), Neill Catangay
At the seashore, or chepchop unai, a young boy named Juan learns how to build sand sculptures from his uncle. Although he is met with obstacles along the way, Juan keeps trying until he becomes a talented sand sculptor. Chepchop Unai highlights the beauty and importance of intergenerational sharing in the CHamoru culture. The book features captivating illustrations of Juan and his family at the beach and the unique island-inspired sand sculptures he creates there. Chepchop Unai is written mainly in English, and utilizes CHamoru words and phrases throughout the story to help teach the language.
Frederick B. Quinene(Author)
An Islander's Voice, a collection of poems by Guam's Poet Laureate Federick B. Quinene, offers a unique perspective on love, life, family, culture, and politics on Guam from the powerful voice of a proud islander.
Simone Efigenia Perez Bollinger (Author), Jack Lujan Bevacqua
Jack Lujan Bevacqua
Follow Ena, a young CHamorrita, as she enjoys a day on Guam with her family. Un Ha'åni yan si Ena uses common and simple CHamoru phrases and vocabulary ideal for helping adults and children incorporate the language in their everyday lives.
Dolores Indalecio Camacho(Author), Andrea Nicole Grajek
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.
Rufina Fejeran Mendiola(Author), Joseph Flores Sablan
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.
Simone Bollinger and Dana Bollinger(Author), Cielo de los Reyes
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.
Lance J. Osborn(Author)
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.
Mary L. Spencer(Author)
Children of Chuuk Lagoon examines the everyday lives of school-aged children in the Chuuk Lagoon island of Romonum in the Federated States of Micronesia. The book documents the natural histories, and home and school experiences of 12 case-study children ranging in age from 6 to 14.