I was determined to read to L1 as early as possible, starting from before she was born. I first started reading to her while she was still in my tummy at five months. Her first book was a collection of Korean folktales by a Korean author. And after she was born, I read her baby book after baby book to help grow her love for reading.
It wasn’t until our visit to the Philippines almost a year later when I started buying more Filipino books for my daughter. There aren’t many baby books for toddlers back home, and so I ended up buying books more fit for pre-schoolers or kindergarteners. Many of these books were written in two languages, and fascinatingly she would ask me to read to her in Tagalog sometimes. That’s when the idea of buying more books from my countries came to me.
Today, we have children’s books (in English) from Malaysia, the Philippines, China and even Korea. I’ve shared a few of them here already before, but I’d like to share more in the future.
There’s a yearly challenge called 52 Books in 52 Weeks, which is basically a challenge for everyone to read one book a week per year. Sadly, I don’t have much time to read the novels that I wish I had more time to read, so instead I want to do this project.
This project is especially close to my heart since the books I plan to share are books I read to my daughters quite often anyway. In fact, my elder daughter can even memorize some of the books by heart and my younger one likes to flip the pages of the book and babble away. Not only that, these are books I can honestly connect with since they are stories from our countries. Some of the awkward English phrases, directly translated from Tagalog, make sense to me but probably wouldn’t make sense to an outsider. These books are a great way to introduce her to our culture without paying for airfare.
And so I plan to share one or two children’s book every Sunday (though the third Sunday of every month will be a Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop post feature.) As of now, my scheduled books are written by Malaysians, Koreans, Filipinos and overseas-based Chinese. I have at least twenty books now and am looking forward to getting and sharing more.
So join me from this Sunday forth as I share some children’s stories written by Asian authors. This photo below will give you an idea of what to expect. I will link all of the posts I share back to this post, so make sure to bookmark this or pin my photo below if you would like to stay updated!
Fingers crossed. Hope I’m able to do this! 加油！화이팅!
2. Do Noses Grow Long When Lies are Told?
3. My Mother’s Kitchen
4. Atuk’s Amazing Sarong
2. Mouse Wedding 2: Groom Found!
3. The Butterfly Lovers
4. 小金鱼儿 (The Little Goldfish)
5. 水牛儿 (The Way Home from School)
6. 跟着姥姥去遛弯儿 （Feast of the Treats for the High Summer Days)
7. 铁门胡同 (The Irongate Alleyway)
3. Superhero Nio
4. Superwoman si Inay (My Mom is a Superwoman)
5. Ang Sabi ni Nanay, ang Sabi ni Tatay (Mom Says, Dad Says)
6. Ang Kayanaman ni Inay (My Mother’s Treasure)
7. Nina Wonders, Nina Asks
8. Yaya Niya, Nanay Ko
9. Tuwing Sabado (Every Saturday)
10. Run, Dad, Run!
11. Arroz Caldo ni Lolo Waldo (Grandpa Waldo’s Porridge/Rice Broth)
12. Mang Andoy’s Signs (Mister Andoy’s Signs)
13. Ang Mga Lambing ni Lolo Ding (Grandpa Ding’s Endearments)
14. Ang Dalawang Haring Siga (The Two Macho Kings)
15. Mommy Loves You Just the Same
16. Ibong Adarna
17. Labindalawang Masasayang Prinsesa (Twelve Merry Princesses)
2. Naughty Monkey and the Bird’s Eggs