5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love

September 1, 2017

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5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love

I can’t get enough of Filipino children’s stories because they help bring the culture alive to a young child who may not have experienced it firsthand. They help kids learn about Filipino customs, traditions, values, language, and peak their interest for learning more.

They also feature characters that look like me. I think it’s very important that kids read a variety of stories that have characters who look or act just like them. Growing up, there weren’t as many books out there with diverse or multicultural characters.

In fact, I love reading multicultural stories from around the world! They are filled with unique traditions, customs, colors, and delicious foods. But the one thing they all have in common is the experience we all share as humans – family, friendship, love, difficulties or struggles, perseverance, triumphs, and more.

By reading multicultural literature to our children we expose them to the beauty that exists throughout our world!

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5 Filipino Children’s Books You’ll Love

Filipino Americans (or anyone interested in the Philippines culture for that matter) will love these five Filipino children’s books!

 

filipino celebrations childrens book

Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals
By Liana Romulo, Illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano

There are celebrations and festivals held in the Philippines all year round! This book gives a fun history of regional fiestas like the Pahiyas Festival, family celebrations like weddings and Baptism, as well as holidays like Christmas and All Souls’ Day.

You’ll learn all about the local customs, culture, food, and traditions. The illustrations include Tagalog/English captions so you and your kids will be able to pick up tons of fun vocabulary words for many of the objects featured. Kids will also love the activities such as making decorations or candies.

This book is perfect for Filipino American families that want to teach their kids more about Filipino culture, history, and traditions.

Recommended for ages 5-10, but adults will love this one too!

You can get Filipino Celebrations on Amazon, as well as RedShelf which has it for slightly cheaper. Check it out!

 

Filipino children's stories

Cora Cooks Pancit
By Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Illustrated by Kristi Valiant

In Cora Cooks Pancit, Cora wants to help cook in the kitchen even though she is not quite old enough. One day, her mother asks her to help her cook pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. I just love reading this story and watching cute little Cora cook with her mother.

She reminds me of myself in the kitchen, wanting to help my mom cook while sneaking a taste of the food when she wasn’t looking. And it includes a recipe for pancit in the back of the book! Score!

Recommended for ages 5-7.

You can pick up a copy of Cora Cooks Pancit on Amazon.

 

favorite Filipino Children's stories 

Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories
Retold by Liana Romulo, Illustrated by Joanne de Leon

Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories reminds me of when I was a kid and used to read fairy tales from around the world. These short stories, well-known myths and fables of the Philippines, are filled with fantasy characters, talking animals, and the triumph of good over evil.

My favorite part about this book is actually the beautiful watercolor illustrations, done by Joanne de Leon. I especially loved the illustrations from “Alunsina,” a story about the god Langit and the goddess Alunsina who lived in the heavens.

Recommended for ages 6-10.

You can get Filipino Children’s Favorite Stories on Amazon, as well as RedShelf which has it for slightly cheaper. 

 

antukin filipino childrens books

Antukin: Filipino Folk Songs and Lullabyes
Selected by Felicidad A. Prudente, Illustrated by Joanne de Leon

This songbook is filled with the lyrics and music for all the beloved traditional Filipino folk songs including Bahay Kubo and Leron Leron Sinta. The book is organized according to the different regions of the Philippines, so you can be sure to find what’s local to your family’s area. With each song is a beautiful illustration including traditional dress, dancing, and food.

I actually bought this in the Philippines so that I would be able to share it with my future kids one day, but if you live in the United States, I discovered you can buy it from the publisher’s website at Tahanan Books. I love this book and I highly recommend getting a copy for your kids!

Recommended for kids and adults who love music.

 

filipino friends book 

Filipino Friends
By Liana Romulo, Illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano

This book features a young Filipino American boy that visits the Philippines for the first time. Can you relate? I know I certainly can! It teaches cultural traditions, games, songs, and Tagalog words. In fact, this book is filled with beginning Tagalog vocabulary. You can teach your little ones everything from numbers, foods, animals, family members, months of the year, etc.

Each of the beautiful watercolor illustrations are labeled with both the English word and the Tagalog translation. This is great for exposing kids to the language and culture in an interactive way!

Recommended for ages 6-9.

You can get Filipino Friends on Amazon, as well as RedShelf which has it for slightly cheaper.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you have a favorite Filipino children’s book you love? Share your recommendations below!

 

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  • iamwahm

    Thanks for sharing your recommendations! We’re building up our homeschool library and will definitely add this to our list. Here’s one more: All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids by Gidget Roceles Jimenez; illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano, published by Tuttle. It’s a wonderful book with Philippine history and culture woven into a narrative for readers young and old, narrated from the point of view of three young Filipinos from the three main islands Luzon Visayas Mindanao.

  • The filipino culture is something that interests me, and it’s definitely a country I want to visit some day :))

    • Awesome! Yeah you definitely should, it is a wonderful place to visit!

  • Jeni

    I especially love the first one. I buy books about other cultures for my godson for every birthday, and this would be a super fun one for him!

  • I’ve only heard of 1 of these! Definitely checking the others out.