MAY TOBIAS PAPA is a writer and editor of children’s books. She had attended both the UP Writers Workshop (1995) and the Siliman University National Writers Workshop. Her work for children has been recognized with citations and awards by the Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature, National Children’s Book Awards, Kirkus Reviews, American Association of School Librarians, Anvil Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, White Ravens, and Digital Ehon Awards.
She has been invited twice as guest to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, in 2017 and 2019.

May has been writing age- and developmentally-appropriate content for children since 1995, published both as writer and illustrator by the country’s major publishers of children’s books, namely: Adarna House, Bookmark, Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS), Lampara, and Tahanan. Her portfolio includes both fiction and non-fiction. May has also directly collaborated with corporations like Shell Philippines, Insular Life, Liwayway Marketing Corporation (Oishi), and ABS CBN Global (TFC) to work on multimedia corporate social responsibility projects for children on themes like foundation-stage Filipino language for migrant children, financial literacy, and environmental literacy.

May is married to journalist Alcuin V. Papa and is mother to Anton.


“Estrellita” (1995, Adarna House)
“Amor” (1998, Adarna House)
“Araw sa Palengke” (2008, Adarna House)
“The Luckiest Girl in the World” (2010, Adarna House.)
“Christmas in February” (2010, Adarna House)
“Once I Was Rich” (2009, Liwayway Marketing Corporation),
“There’s A Monster In My Room” (2010, Liwayway Marketing Corporation),
“Noynoy’s Sisters” (2010, Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation)
“Making Paper Boats with Papa” (2011, Liwayway Marketing Corporation)
“Little Miss Match-a-Lot” (2012, Liwayway Marketing Corporation)
“Can We Live Without Trees?” (2015, Adarna House)
“The Boy Who Could Talk With Bees” (2016, Firetree Press)
“Karapat-Dapat: Bata, Alamin ang Iyong Mga Karapatan!” (2017, CANVAS – Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development)