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Taytay's Gift

Taytay's Gift - Children's Book | Brave the Woods


In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad). The boy and his Tatay do a different job each day of the week, from selling popsicles by the beach to driving a Jeepney through the city. As they work, he learns the lesson of serving and giving to others by watching his Tatay everyday. This vibrant, and colorfully illustrated book is based on stories from Brad’s time spent in the Philippines and the wonderful people he met there. Tatay’s Gift not only celebrates the hardworking, loving, kind, and giving attitudes of the Filipino people, but it also teaches the valuable lesson of giving back to to your community and helping those in need.

Taytay's Gift - Children's Book | Brave the Woods

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Our Mission

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other. It is so easy once the news moves on and the cameras turn off to also move on and forget those who are still in need. It is even easier to detach ourselves from the suffering in the world because it is so far away, or not directly affecting us. Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

Our Goal

We need your help to make this book a reality and get the first print run completed. We also would like to raise enough money to allow us to be able to move forward with our mission and help those who still need help after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. There is still a demand for basic needs such as water, shelter, and medical attention.   We also plan on continuing to spread the message of positive morals, and community lessons through children’s books. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. 

Brad and Krystal

About Brad & Krystal

Brad and Krystal Woodard are respectively an illustrator and writer living in Austin, Texas. They run a design and illustration studio called Brave the Woods. They love spending time having fun, playing outside, reading, drawing, and  enjoying life with their little boy, Hezekiah, and their dog, Keeva.  Brad has dabbled in many types of art in his life, but has always loved illustration. Having the chance to combine illustration with his experience in the Philippines is a dream come true. Krystal has been writing as long as she could remember, whether it was a poem, story, or an article for a local newspaper, writing is her passion. She is excited to share that passion through children’s books. 

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