Support Our New Sawaga River Press Book!

Happy Fall, Friends, Family, and Kapwa!

I am so excited to share with you the campaign for our new picture book, Mungan and Her Lola! This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how a young Filipina girl lovingly uses Filipino rituals of care to help her grandmother recover from grief and sadness. 

(Illustration by Happy Garaje)

Click here to visit our campaign site and support Mungan and Her Lola by funding us. As I’ve learned from our successful campaigns for Mama,Mama, Know What I Like? and Jack & Agyu, supporters like you are essential to getting the book published and producing enough copies that will continue to sell to new readers for years. 

Please also share this campaign link with your family, friends, coworkers, and social media networks. It’s been so rewarding to connect with new readers who have come to our books because of referrals by friends and family and to share our stories with an ever-expanding community. 

Mungan and her Lola emphasizes the importance of celebrating the Filipino collective rituals of care; offers ways to remember our ancestral practices, language, food, music, and oral stories. It also encourages young people to engage their elders, hear their stories, and share in their care. 
Mungan and her Lola is written by Justine Villanueva in three languages—Binukid, Bisaya-Cebuano, and English—and vibrantly illustrated by Cebu-based illustrators, Happy Garaje.

Sawaga River Press is the publishing arm of a California nonprofit, Libro Para Sa Tanan, A Literacy Project. Sawaga River Press creates children’s books that celebrate Filipino experiences and culture, especially those that are rooted in the Filipino and Bukidnon indigenous values.
With help from supporters like you, Sawaga River Press published Mama, Mama, Know What I Like? in 2016 and Jack & Agyu in 2019, which won the Publishing Professionals Network Book Show’s Best Design Award in 2020 as well as the Independent Book Publishers Network Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in 2020.
We are putting our experience to work for Mungan and her Lola and are committed to getting our beautiful book into as many young hands as possible in 2022. With your support, this will be our most successful campaign to date.
Thank you for your support and for being a part of our mission to tell these Filipino stories.

Once again, the campaign link:

In solidarity and with much love,


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Exploring, celebrating, and sharing children's experiences in the Filipino diaspora through books and art.

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