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 https://www.facebook.com/CSMPublishing for more information.

Tahanan Books New Releases at MIBF 2015

Quality books that celebrate Filipino life and culture, that is  Tahanan Books. We’ve often seen their books at Fully Booked and The Learning Basket but every Manila International Book Fair, we always visit their booth. Their booth often showcases Filipino culture and they have unique items like stationary and novelty items as well.

This year, I am looking forward to their new releases:


A story of a young girl who accompanies her mother back to Manila. A story that most Filipinos can relate to as it teaches about Filipino culture and heritage. Best for 4-8 years old.



A learn to read filipino book best for ages 0-4.


Teach the children to become law abiding citizens through Mang Andoy’s Signs and many more. The book is best for 4-8 years old.

Here’s the schedule of Tahanan’s Meet and Greet Our Authors and Artists for Manila International Book Fair 2015.


Inspiring Filipino Books from Bookmark Inc. Publishing

We love reading. Most of what we are reading are English classics where we learn about the different characters and their beliefs and how it affects their lives. Yesterday, I was at Fully Booked when I saw several inspiring Filipino authored and published picture books that seems interesting and I wanted to get for my children so we can discuss Filipino values and modern Filipino heroes as well.

On this post, I will share with you what I found from Bookmark Inc Publishing.

The Bookmark Inc Publishing has this series called Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series. Each story exemplifies a moral value which we can all learn from.

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They also have a series called Great Men and Women of Asia. These are inspiring real-life stories of  people from Asia.

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They also have some fictional books which children might enjoy.

Pipisin the Pangolin

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I saw from their Facebook page that they will be joining the 36th Manila International Book Fair which is happening on Sept 16-20 at SMX Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. If you are planning to go there, be sure to check out their books. I am going and planning to buy some of these titles myself!


Homeschool Help: 5 Books for Homeschooling Moms

If you are interested to homeschool your child or are already homeschooling, chances are, you are looking for resources about homeschooling. As a homeschooling mom of 2 children for the past 6 years, I have been reading a number of good books which have helped me in our homeschooling journey. Let me share with you those that have been truly helpful to me and has somewhat influenced the way we homeschool in our family.

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel. A friend lent this book to me when she found out that I was interested in homeschooling 6 years ago. This book shared how 15 different families made homeschooling work.  This book gave me an idea how homeschooling actually happens in the family and showed me that homeschooling can work regardless of family lifestyle.


The Three R’s Series by Ruth Beechick. This is for those with younger children, toddler age to grade 2. Ms. Beechick  stressed that home teachers should focus early-on the three Rs which include Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic.

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson.  Sally Clarkson encourages parents to adopt the whole hearted learning model. As written and explained in the book, “The whole hearted learning model is a discipleship-based, home-centered, whole-book approach to Christian home education that integrates real books, real life, and real relationships in a life-giving expression of God’s biblical design for the family.”

Educating the WholeHearted Child

The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. I read this book when we started homeschooling but I was overwhelmed by the classical method  during that time. After 5 years of homeschooling, I read this book again and this time, I now understand why my daughter had a hard time with Math and I actually want to try a more classical approach in our homeschool. Ms. Bauer is able to explain the classical approach very clearly and orderly through this book.

The Well Trained Mind

Simply Homeschool : Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool by Karen DeBeus. Sometimes as moms, we tend to build clutter around the house. Ms. De Beus helps us get rid off clutters that hover around us and bring the joy back to our homeschooling. I loved how this book helped me refocus and redefine our homeschool journey.

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I have kept the last 3 books in my list as my personal copies since I re-read them especially during breaks so that I can be re-energized, refocused and be ready for the new school year.


Biographies for Children

Homeschooling is not just teaching my children how to read but developing their character along the way. Reading biographies is a powerful way to influence and inspire the children. They learn about true people who overcame their disabilities, failure and weaknesses and become successful in their chosen fields.

I always try to look for good biography books and so far, these are what I found from Booksale:

The Courage to Learn, The Story of Helen Keller.

Always Inventing, The True Story of Thomas Alva Edison.


I  found these historical biography books from Tahanan Publishing. Each on costs 100 pesos and are easy to read.

Andres Bonifacio

Apolinario Mabini


These are the books I found from National Bookstore, Biographies of modern day Filipinos. These books are published by Summit Publishing.

Simply Jesse, The Story of Jesse Robredo

Princess Lea, The Life Story of Lea Salonga

Nanay Coring, Thhe Story of National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos


These are great ways to inspire my kids to become all that God has created them to be! Do you have other Biography books for children you’d like to share? I’d like to know as I am constantly looking for good books for my children!