Mika Song and Isabel Roxas have teamed up to come up with Filipino and Filipino-American Children’s books which are few and far between. I only know one picture book, Cora Makes Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant.
I recently read See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng with my son. This required rising 7th grade fiction middle grade chapter book subtly includes the reference that the main character, 11-year-old Alex Petroski, is half Filipino by way of his mother. This is a road trip coming of age story of a boy in search of many different kinds of truths, and finds unlikely friendships along the way. I like how the story isn’t about being Filipino but is another dimension of the story.
Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Renne Benoit
I discovered this through the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party.
Nina can’t convince her lolo to take her fishing on the old banca boat with him. Lolo’s reply is the same as always: “A boat is no place for a girl.” When Nina promises to bait her own hook and remove her own catch, her grandfather finally relents, “just for today.” Much to the amusement of the other fishermen in their Filipino village, Lolo shows Nina how to jig the lines, set the hook and pull in a fish hand over hand. But no one is laughing when Nina brings in the biggest fish of the day! [picture book, ages 5 and up]
Mika has a new book out from Charlesbridge Publishing and we are giving away a copy! We are also giving away two bilingual picture books illustrated by Isabel Roxas: Mang Andoy’s Signs and Araw Sa Palengke. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. There will be three winners, one for each book.
A New School Year: Six Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrated by Mika Song
Meet six diverse kids from grades Kindergarten through fifth grade who are entering a new school year. They are both nervous and excited at what the first day will bring. Mika Song captures their hopes, dreams and fears with simple and engaging illustrations. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
Mang Andoy’s Signs by Mailin Paterno, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
A Philippine Children’s Book with dual language:Filipino and English. The art of persuasion is delightfully revealed in Mailin Paterno’s richly nuanced urban tale, illustrated with charm and zest of Isabel Roxas. Children will be all wiser to learn how you ask is just important as what you ask for. [bilingual Tagalog/English picture book, ages 4 and up]
Araw Sa Palengke by
I’m coming with Nanay! We’re going to the market. What would we see there? Who would I meet? Come, join us! Today is market day! Sasama ako kay Nanay! [bilingual Tagalog/English picture book, ages 4 and up]
How about you? Can you help us add to this list? Thanks!
Filipino and Filipino-American Children’s Books
Bahay Kubo illustrated by Pergylene Acuña
This was one of my daughter’s favorite board books- she loved the silly vegetable characters and it’s a fun folk song to belt out. – Mika Song
[board book in Tagalog, ages 6 months and up]
Mang Andoy’s Signs by Mailin Paterno Illustrations by Isabel Roxas
A neat picture book full of charming Manila street scenes (hand-painted signs, street food and modes of transportation) that capture the ingenuity and nature of the people. – Mika Song
[bilingual English and Tagalog picture book, ages 3 and up]