3 Children’s Books by Filipino Authors for Father’s Day Bonding Over Books
Reading is a simple and doable way for parents to spend quality time with their children. Yet, it has many positive effects on children. That’s why I love recommending it to parents.
Since Father’s Day is fast approaching, I’ve put together a list of my recommended children’s books that Filipino parents can easily find in our local bookstores because they are written by Filipino authors and published here in the Philippines. I once made a list of recommended books for Father’s and child bonding but these books were by foreign authors and thus are hard to find in the local bookstores. You can check out this previous list here.
Here’s my new list! We have all these books and I guarantee that your kids will pick up good lessons or values from them. It would be extra special if these books would be read by Dads to their kids.
1. May Lakad Kami ni Tatay
This was written by Eugene Evasco and illustrated by Brent Sabas. It was published by Chikiting Books, a division of LG&M Corporation or Vibal Publishing.
What I like about this book is that the Dad encourages his son to be active and to engage in sports to become healthy. I think Dads would really do a great job if they do this and if they bond with their kids through sports.
2. My Daddy! My One and Only
This book was written by Zarah Gagatiga and illustrated by Jomike Tejido. It was published by Lampara Books.
We bought this book during its book launch at the Manila International Book Fair. We even met its author and my kids had a photo with her. My eldest also joined a book writing workshop facilitated by the author.
What I like about this book is that the Dad of the baby elephant here does not only provide for his needs but also spends quality time with him. This was shown in contrast with the Dad of his classmate who provides the latest toys and gadgets to his son but does not make time for him. It’s a reminder to Dads that they should not only provide for the financial needs of their children but also for their emotional needs.
3. Meet My Superdad
This book was written by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and illustrated by Jomike Tejido. It was published by OMF Literature.
What I like about this book is that the Dad here who was inspired by the character of the author’s husband does a lot of things that make him super. I love that these things were enumerated in the storybook. What I like the most is that it mentioned that his Dad puts his phone down when talking to his Mom. That’s a really good example of showing respect to kids. In our modern world today wherein many have become addicted to their gadgets, basic respect by paying attention to those who are talking to us has become rare. So, I’m glad that this book teaches this lesson that we should put our gadgets down and pay attention to those who are talking to us. Children learn by example and if they see their Dads practice this, they will follow.
I like these books because they all show Dads as good role models. I like reading these books to my 3 boys. Through these books, I’m teaching them the things that a good father or Dad does. As early as now, I am preparing these boys to become good fathers or dads in case they will be called to the marriage vocation in the future.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out these books in the bookstore or buy them online.