October is Filipino American History Month. This week I thought I would share some children’s books with you related to the Philippines. I recommend the following books if you have a children at the preschool or elementary grade levels and want to encourage knowledge of the Filipinos and the Philippines. I have not had the opportunity to read all of these, however, I have read most of them. Some of the books are popular children’s stories made into bilingual English and Tagalog versions. Others are written in English but share stories from the Philippines. Some are non-fiction and teach children about the culture and the nation of the Philippines.
Bilingual Tagalog/English Books
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My Mom is Awesome (Tagalog English Bilingual Collection) by Shelley Admont
I Love My Dad by Shelley Admont
One in a series of popular children’s stories remade with different bilingual translations. This is the Tagalog/English version.
Sand Dollar, Sand Dollar: Sand Dollar, Sand Dollar by Joyce Audy Dos Santos
In Here, Out There by Phillip Winterberg and Lena Hesse
A story that builds self-esteem. This is about letting things you hear come in one ear and out the other.
English Only Books
A glimpse into Filipino culture through the eyes of Chloe a little girl who is half Filipino.
Filipino Friends by Liana Romulo is a book that features a Filipino-American boy who visits the Philippines for the very first time. It is a great story that highlights
some of the similarities and differences between the American lifestyle and the Philippine lifestyle. It is a wonderful story to help bridge the gap between cultures.
Non-fiction books to help you teach your children or students about the culture and history of the Philippines.
All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids is an award-winning activity book you will find very useful.
Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals makes major holidays (like Christmas) and family gatherings (like weddings and birthdays) come alive. This book has delightful watercolor-like illustrations and your K- 4th graders will enjoy reading and re-reading this book.
These are just a few of the books available to help you better understand the culture and the people of the Philippines. If you are interested in more information about the language of the Philippines see my article Tagalog and Filipino: What’s the Difference?
If you are looking for books and resources about other cultural groups check out Bilingual Stories for Hmong Children or 7 Bilingual Somali Stories +
Please let me know if you have any outstanding bilingual resources. I love to hear about resources others are finding and using with the children in their lives.