12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series by Ann M. Martin

by KB Meniado The Baby-sitters Club was the first book series I collected growing up, and so every reread takes me back to childhood. I rediscover Kristy Thomas’s can-do attitude and her single mom-led household; Claudia Kishi’s passion for art and her addiction to sweets; Stacey McGill’s city-girl sophistication and her daily life with diabetes; Mary Anne Spier’s thoughtfulness and stellar organizational skills; Dawn Schafer’s individualism and her healthier options to life; Mallory Pike’s writer dream and big family dynamics; Jessi Ramsey’s love for ballet and her strong determination in life. I loved them so much to the point I actually…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: Children’s Books #12daysofBookbedRecs

by Nove Patangan Plenty of my nephews and nieces are drowning in toys they no longer use, and buying them more stuff can feel like a gratuitous waste of precious house space (and money). Books then is a great alternative. I’m one of the typical titas who would rather spend a penny for a book that I feel my pamangkins would love to read. So when the Big Bad Wolf arrived in Davao, I thought this was the perfect time to stock up for the kid’s library. Since I can’t bring all of them here in the city since they live…

Bookbed recommends: Island-based Filipino Children’s Books

by KB Meniado My beautiful country, the Philippines, is made up of about eight thousand islands. To portray, let alone discuss, the abundance and diversity of our people’s experiences is a challenge so great it might just take another hundred of lifetimes before we get to the bottom of it. But there’s always trying, and so witnessing how our creators and the local publishing industry as a whole continue to make a dent on that, be that individually or as a collective, is always inspiring. Whenever I see the range of locally authored and published books available for sale not…

12 Readers Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood

by KB Meniado We all remember our first loves. Here are 12 more readers and the books they adored as a kid! (Related: “8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved“) “Skinnybones by Barbara Park—witty, underdog story, hilarious; The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur—something like the Hardy Boys, but smarter; and Many Moons by James Thurber—whimsical children’s fantasy. Funny too.” —Reev Robledo “Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie and Superfudge by Judy Blume!” —Glorypearl Dy “The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine and the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal when I was in grade school. Soon after, I…

8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved

by KB Meniado This may be a little late for National Children’s Book Day, but since we’re still celebrating Bookbed’s eight year (join our giveaway here), here are eight books I loved as a kid. I can still remember the first time I picked up each one of these (and all those times I dog-eared them), and I am so thankful for having had the privilege to start the reading habit at an early age. Reading has helped shape me as a person—and I’d like to believe I turned out okay—so if you have the access or can provide opportunities to…

Bookbed reviews ‘Si Dru at ang Kwento ng Limang Kaharian’ ni Clara Ng

ni KB Meniado Ang huling nabasa kong Aklat ng Salin mula sa Adarna House ay Si Tito Libro At Ako (Book Uncle and Me) ni Uma Krishnaswami. Nagustuhan ko iyon at kaya nama’y walang pagdadalawang isip na pinulot ko ang librong ito mula sa istante noong nakaraang Manila International Book Fair. ANG KWENTO Isang palaaway na batang babae ang napadpad sa mundo ng limang malulungkot na hari. Isang makapangyarihang puno ang magsisilbing daan para siya ay makauwi. Samahan si Dru sa kaniyang pakikipagsapalaran sa limang mahiwagang kaharian. (A feisty young girl finds herself lost in a world of five sad kings. A powerful tree will…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Malong: The Magic Cloth’ by Mary Ann Ordinario-Floresta

by KB Meniado It’s a great time for book lovers and readers alike today: more diverse books are being released, and they’re more accessible and affordable now more than ever. There are stories in different languages and of distinct cultures, and if one tries hard enough, they’ll find one that’s exactly about them. Let’s say you’re from Mindanao, and you’ve been looking for reading materials that hit close to home. A quick search online will lead to multiple publishers, both mainstream and indie, providing titles that speak of home. To name a few, there’s Sari-Sari Storybooks, Swito Digital Storytelling Philippines, Cotabato Literary Journal….

From the Bookbed Room: Reviewing 52 Children’s Books by Asian Authors

by Jackie Park I was determined to read to my daughter as early as possible, starting from before she was born. I first began reading to her while she was still in my tummy at five months. Her first book was a collection of Korean folktales. 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…

10 Filipino Children’s Books Celebrating Moms

by Jackie Park I’m going to be frank with you: I underestimated my mom until it was my turn to reach that milestone. I barely gave a second thought to those days she woke up before everyone at home, preparing breakfast and our packed lunches until we all finally woke up and got ready. (I’ve woken up to pillow attacks many times during my more stubborn, don’t-wanna-wake-up days.) And I can still remember quite vividly my mother’s rising fury at discovering how we (usually just me) were still not ready even after everything she had already finished doing. Then she would drive…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Love of Lam-ang,’ ‘A Boy Named Ibrahim’

byKB Meniado It’s always a delight reading children’s books. In between their story lines are secrets, magic and a whole bunch of life lessons applicable at any age. When I’m on a reading rut, they are the most reliable. I pick up a few, and my eagerness to read more returns. Here, I share two recent reads, which are from my book haul at the 37th Manila International Book Fair. The first one is about the legendary Lam-ang, and the other about a Muslim child. Both are illustrated so stunningly it would be a shame not to appreciate. THE STORY…