Love Local: 8 Filipino Children’s Books Your Kids will Enjoy

Whether you do the reading when it’s time for bedtime stories or your kids are old enough to read the books themselves, reading has proven to be beneficial for their brain development and stimulation of curiosity and imagination. With the current need for distance learning, one of the things that will definitely be missed is visiting the library and the endless adventures that await there. You can make sure your kids don’t miss out on the fun by ordering a good book every now and then and maybe swapping titles with other moms for added variety. When you’re looking to purchase new books, why not support a local author in the process? When we help in our own little ways, they do add up and make an impact. We’ve rounded up a list of seven children’s books written by Filipino authors which you can check out for your next storytelling session!

Love Local: 8 Filipino Children’s Books Your Kids will Enjoy

(Layout) 1. Araw sa Palengke by May Tobias-Papa

[Source: Adarna]

In this book, we follow the story of a young girl as she joins her mother in the market. She learns about both the fun and the difficult things her mother goes through when she shops for the family. After a tiring day with her mother, she is rewarded with a sumptuous meal and a thoughtful surprise!

Language: Filipino with English translations

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(Layout) 2. Tales of Tom-Tom Bundle by Ellen Joy Evangelista Co 

(Source: Tales of Tom Tom)

Discover the beauty of the Philippines with these colorfully illustrated board books. Join Tom-Tom and his family as they go on adventures exploring the local sites and learn a thing or two about Filipino culture. You can choose to visit Manila, Bohol, or Davao or maybe buy the entire bundle for a better deal!

Language: English

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(Layout) 3. Kayang-Kaya by Alyssa Judith Reyes

(Source: Adarna)

Throughout the book, kids are asking themselves if they are capable of achieving different tasks and eventually realizing that they indeed can do them. We love how the books is filled with kids cheering on other kids and reinforcing that they can do whatever they set their minds to.

Language: Filipino

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(Layout) 4. Ang Tigreng Si Tralala by Isabelle Daza

This is the only animated book in this list, but it was worth including because of its relevant content and creative execution. The story makes use of its adorable characters to explain the coronavirus to young kids why we have to stay home to be safe. Read more about it here!

Language: Filipino and English

 

(Layout) 5. The Best of Lola Basyang: Timeless Tales for the Filipino Family by Severino Reyes

(Source: Tahanan Books)

For older kids who like to read as their hobby, this classic collection of stories is one they will surely be coming back to. The pages are filled with myths or mga alamat which are origin stories heavily influenced by Filipino culture.

Language: English

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(Layout) 6. Anong Gupit Natin Ngayon? by Russell Molina

(Source: Adarna)

The book tells the story of Eboy and his father who is a famous barber. He is loved for his skill by all his customers, but his own son is unhappy because he’s had the same haircut since birth. The book paints a picture of Eboy’s imagination as he dreams of different hairstyles and the reason why his father never changed his.

Language: Filipino with English translations

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(Layout) 7. Chenelyn! Chenelyn! by Rhandee Garlitos

(Source: Adarna)

The importance and high value of housekeepers in most Filipino households is highlighted in this book. They are viewed as magicians by children because of their ability to get so much work done around the house. The family worries when one day Chenelyn falls ill and they are left without her magic.

Language: Filipino

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Ang mabait na kalabaw

(Source: Adarna)

This book is a great help for kids who are just starting to speak in Filipino because of its rich vocabulary. The pages describe why the carabao is well loved by the other carabaos, listing his different good qualities and personality traits.

Language: Filipino with English translations

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