10 Books For the Family

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Reading is a very beneficial hobby to get your little one entertained and learning. Through reading and story-telling, your child’s literacy skills and imagination can be developed. It can also help your child understand emotions through the characters that they read about, leading to better self-expression and the building of more genuine friendships.

There’s always a reading format for every individual and every family, so you can enjoy your chosen tale as comfortably as you can. For a more focused reading, choose between the traditional paperback and hardcover. Meanwhile, the very handy ebook can be perfect for your child who’s growing up with the digital age, which they can read anywhere and across different devices. You may also want to try the now-trending audiobook that you can listen to while doing other things! This format can help your child learn how words and the emotions in them sound like.

Make story-telling a part of your daily family routine. Check out our recommended family-friendly books below!

1. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter.”

If you love the Toy Story film series, The Velveteen Rabbit will surely melt your heart. Even parents will enjoy this tale about what it’s like to be truly loved, to be “real”, from the point of view of the toys in a little boy’s nursery.

2. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

“If the same object from two different times touches itself, one of two things will happen. Either the Universe will cease to exist. Or three remarkable dwarfs will dance through the streets with flowerpots on their heads.”

Exercise your child’s imagination with a wild adventure like Fortunately, the Milk. Listen closely as the father tells his children all the magical and odd things he had to go through before he could bring home their milk in time for breakfast.

3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

“Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.”

The Giving Tree is an eye-opening classic that will never fail in making you fall in love with the environment. Teach your little learner to care for their surroundings through this story of a loving tree and the boy it loved all its life. Check out this story-telling video from Storyteller MNL!


4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”

The vividly illustrated classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar will teach your kids to choose carefully what can be good and bad for them as they grow up. The gorgeous illustrations in this picture book can also assist you in teaching them to identify certain food items through the food adventures of this story’s titular character.

5. The Day of Darkness by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan

The Day of Darkness by Gutch Gutierrez and Zig Marasigan

“It takes many forms as evil will do, yet it will not change what is good and true.”

The Day of Darkness is one of the most heartfelt picture books that can teach your child to find goodness beyond people’s imperfections.

It takes place in an old town where religion and tradition are deemed crucial to the people’s lives. Due to this, the people hide in a cave every full moon to hide from the beast, but curious little Marius insisted to know what this creature was.

Watch the author read this fascinating tale on Storyteller MNL through this link:

6. When Zero Left Numberland by Maita Songco Salvador

When Zero Left Numberland by Maita Songco Salvador

You were missed, my dear friend! Won’t you come home again?”

Is your child finding it difficult to appreciate numbers and counting? When Zero Left Numberland will help them fall in love with Math! This story about isolated Zero’s journey to finding a new home is also about forgiving the people who have hurt you and learning to see the beauty of an individual.

7. Ang Batang Ayaw Maligo (The Boy Who Doesn't Like to Take a Bath) by Beng Alba

Ang Batang Ayaw Maligo (The Boy Who Doesn't Like to Take a Bath) by Beng Alba

“Popong hated to take a bath. He was very happy if he could avoid the rough face towel, the slippery soap, and the cold water.”

Does your kid ever hide from you when it’s their turn to shower?

Written both in Tagalog and English, Ang Batang Ayaw Maligo will surely teach your kids to love cleanliness through crafty Popong’s story of hating baths and experiencing the consequences of his actions.

8. Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

“High up on a cliff he spotted a mysterious, sparkling creature. It looked so familiar. It looked like...Kelp!”

Your child may be struggling to fit in, trying different things that they don’t really like just to belong. Inspire your child to find and love their true self and to know what it’s like to really fit in through Jessie Simma’s Not Quite Narwhal. It tells the story of Kelp, a little unicorn who was born under the sea and raised by a family of narwhals, mesmerizing long-tusked whales that almost look like unicorns of the sea. Learn what happens to Kelp once he ends up on land and finds a creature just like him!

Let us lift each other up by making our true selves known first.

9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

“I love you right up to the moon—and back.”

This little board book about the love of a young hare for his parent will surely melt your heart. It can encourage you and your child to express your honest emotions to each other and to others, even at times when love can be too big to define.

10. The Bad Seed by Jory John

The Bad Seed by Jory John

“All I can do is keep trying, And keep thinking, Maybe I’m not such a bad seed after all.”

Everyone can change for the good. We should teach children this form of hope starting at a young age, so that they may always know that whatever they may go through, things can be better if we have the will to change. Follow this bad sunflower seed as he tells readers his story from being happy to bad to good.

There’s always something to learn from any story you pick. You only have to open your heart to see them beyond the words and the pictures. We hope you find a book that resonates with you and your family, and whatever lesson may reach you, we hope that it helps your family grow with love.


  • https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/play-learning/literacy-reading-stories/reading-storytelling
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144974.The_Velveteen_Rabbit
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  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17349203-fortunately-the-milk
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  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/370493.The_Giving_Tree
  • https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/30530-the-giving-tree
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4948.The_Very_Hungry_Caterpillar
  • https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3144982-the-very-hungry-caterpillar
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23258748-the-day-of-darkness
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28435100-when-zero-left-numberland
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30312747-not-quite-narwhal
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/301736.Guess_How_Much_I_Love_You
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39991777-the-bad-seed

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