Reading List for 2019

One of my goals this 2019 is to invest more time in reading. I am quite glad that I have finished a few books already. Most of my list comes from the books that my daughter has read or will be reading. I want to understand and be able to converse with her on the different stories she’s read and I don’t want to miss on really good books.

Here are some of the books I really want to read this 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Austen
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ides of April
  • Anne of Green Gable series
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Princess Bride
  • Books from Jean Fritz

What titles do you recommend I add to my list?

Homeschool Help: Social Studies Book Alternatives

Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the difficult subjects to teach in homeschooling, mainly because of the textbooks and reference books that are published and recommended by schools. These books are dry and information are presented in a dull and boring manner. We’ve used different textbooks over the years but sadly, almost all textbooks are the same.

Thankfully, last year, we were able to find good alternatives. I’d like to share them with you.

A Lolong Time Ago, a prehistory of the Philippines is published by Tahanan Publishing. Prehistoric times of the Philippines retold in a fascinating way.

A First Look at Philippine Fruits, Flowers and Trees  is perfect for those learning about what makes the Philippines unique. This book is also from Tahanan Publishing.

If your child is learning about the culture and the way of life of the Filipino people, Philippine Proverbs from Tahanan Publishing is a good resource. This is a collection of over 100 Philippine Proverbs from around the archipelago.

Filipino culture definitely includes Filipino food. Check What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food from Adarna House Publishing.

Regional Profiles is just the perfect book for those studying about the different regions in the country.

If you are looking for stories about the different periods in the Filipinos life, Batang Historyador Series from Adarna House is a good choice.

For a more comprehensive Philippine History book, you can check out The Other Philippine History from Anvil Publishing. Read Philippine History from a fresh perspective.

For famous Filipino people and their biographies, Great Lives Series from Tahanan Publishing is a good source.

For other biographies, you may check the Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth series from Bookmark Inc.

All images used are from the different publishing companies namely Tahanan Publishing, Adarna House Publishing, Anvil Publshing and Bookmark Inc.. 

Readers List for 9-12 Years Old

My 9 and 12 year olds love to read and sometimes, it can be quite a challenge to find good books for them to read through. I have been researching and have come up with this readers list for them. I’d like to share it with you and hope that it will help you too!

  • The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Learning Basket Online Book Shop

How did my children become voracious readers? Well, I believe it was because when they were young, we intentionally bought them books that were engaging and read together. It didn’t matter what time of the day it was, but whenever we could, we would cuddle up together and read books together.

Now that they can read books on their own, I could hardly keep up with them. They finish chapter books on their own and we just discuss the books together afterwards. I can really see how love of reading has helped them to learn faster and improved their comprehension.

Thankfully, a few years back, I had found The Learning Basket. The Learning Basket is an online bookstore of pre-loved children’s books. They carry some hard to find titles and titles which were carefully chosen. I often bought from them and filled our own library with quality picture books.

If you are looking for ways to raise a reader at your house, it is important that you give them access to quality books, you can get them from The Learning Basket.

The Learning Basket

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5 New Books from CSM Publishing for MIBF 2015

For the previous years of the Manila International Book Fair, CSM Publishing has been setting a benchmark in promoting Filipino authors and has pioneered the P100 pesos book sale. This year, CSM will be launching a solid all-Filipino book lineup from different people for all generations to enjoy!

Here are some of the interesting books they are launching!



Money-Smart_cover-171x300How to Be A Money-Smart Parent by Dr. Marnie Prudencio


Who Would Have Thought? by Acel Bisa Van OmmenLightsAndShadows_final

Light and Shadows by Grace Shangkuan Koo

Heirlooms by various authors

And there are many other books for only 100 pesos each! Just visit CSM Publishing webpage or their Facebook page at for more information.