There is no limit to learning, even for children. Time and time again, even in the digital age, children’s books remain to be the top educational choice. Although seemingly quite plain, a lot of work is put into these books. These simple stories are crafted to be appropriate for the psychology and mental capacity of young children, but at the same time relay a big important message for them to learn. These stories are usually accompanied by vibrant illustrations to bring the narrative to life. These pictures are often drawn with simple lines and basic colors to imitate the way that children see the world.
Children’s books in the Philippines are quite unique in comparison to other books. The stories are attuned to the culture and values of Filipinos to help parents relay certain lessons to their children. Kids absorb life lessons easily and discreetly when they read or are read children’s stories by their parents. Because they find the stories interesting and entertaining, they subconsciously take in the message without being forced. It’s a good method of parenting as opposed to constantly telling and nagging kids to do things one way or another. Many local books teach distinctly Pinoy practices such as saying “po” and “opo” as a sign of respect for elders. Others contain common local objects like “tsinelas”, “jeepneys”, and “barangays”. The usage of these help children root these stories in reality, and make them more interesting because they are related to their lives. There is also an abundance of mythical children’s books that talk about local legends and origin stories. Books like these encourage nationalism and patriotism in kids by teaching them about the culture and history of the Philippines. These books are often written in both English and Filipino, so parents can help their children be fluent in both languages from an early age.