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Happy National #LiteratureMonth: The First Books We Loved

April is National Literature Month or Buwan ng Panitikan, and the theme this year is “500 Years of Writing the Filipino World.” Today, we look back in history and share about the first books we read and loved. Do you recognize any of these titles?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (for kids). It was the first time I read a book from cover to cover without minding the time. Blew my mind that I could read books in one sitting! The start of this crammer life. 😂”


Berenstain Bears! I forget how old I was but needless to say, very young and new to reading. ❤️”


The Series of Unfortunate Events! It was the first book that made an impression on me and really hooked me into reading more.

Janelle Almosara

“I love continuity, and often find myself never wanting the book to end, therefore making me attracted to extended stories. The first book series that I read and collected were The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, which started my collection.”

Mikki Shiu

“A storybook on Daniel in the Lion’s Den back to back with The Friends Who Didn’t Burn. I think it was my first encounter with and reading about “miracles.”


Haroun and the Sea of Stories jud ang kanang napa-wow ako, hehe [Haroun and the Sea of Stories was that made me go wow, hehe].”

Glorypearl Dy

Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, and Hardy Boys. Sorry, I cannot just name one.”


Related: Read our review of ‘The Mystery on 17th Street’ by Annie Gorra here.

The Lion King 🖤”


The Lady With The Lamp. It’s the story of Florence Nightingale.”

Georgette S. Gonzales

Sabrina the Teenage Witch! I didn’t even watch the series but I loved the books. 😍”

Paola Aliedo

“I read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli in 2007. Was probably the first time I found myself identifying with a main character. It made me feel free and confident, but also taught me to ‘feel’ things I haven’t experienced during that time – like heartbreak and falling in love! ❤️”

Dominique Gonzaga-Sulatra


Related: 12 Readers Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood
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2 responses to “Happy National #LiteratureMonth: The First Books We Loved”

  1. Sweet Valley Kids, anyone? 😀


    1. And The Baby-sitters Club for that matter! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Najee.


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