Brewed Thoughts: [Week 2] Filipino Friday: Kids and Books

Friday, October 18, 2013

[Week 2] Filipino Friday: Kids and Books

Week 2 of the Filipino Friday meme is here!

What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be?

Image from Library Thing
 My family isn't really the bookish type, so I didn't grow up surrounded by books. I took up reading as a personal choice and the earliest book I remember reading (that wasn't a textbook) was a Nancy Drew paperback. My older cousins who used to stay with us probably left their books in our shelves and when I was around 12 years old and curious, I found them and started to read. I've finished reading it after quite some time and that had a snowball effect on me---I enjoyed getting to the last page and finding out how the story ended that I found myself reading more and more.

Image from Paperback Swap
I remember our library back in grade school where we had these small, pocket-sized books on the classics. I loved the illustrations accompanying the story. Most of the time, I'd just look at the images and read the captions instead of the story itself. :P

Image from Best Buy Fiction

And who could forget the Ladybug books? I loved reading fairy tales and the illustrations are just lovely.

But if I were to give a book to my younger self, it would be these:

Image from The Book Chook

I loved watching the cartoon series of Where's Wally/Waldo, and I think I'd enjoy this book just for the pleasure of looking for the elusive Wally.

I think my younger self would be so amazed by the storytelling in the Harry Potter series and well, I really don't think there's much to say about this awesome book. I know I would absolutely love to read this and would most likely to get me to read at a younger age.

Looking back, I'd say I was a more visual reader when I was a kid. I guess that's why it took me a long time to finish that Nancy Drew book as it was just pure text, but nonetheless, I enjoyed remembering my childhood reads. I didn't even think to remember them until Kat mentioned Enid Blyton! :D


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Filipino Friday, is a weekly meme leading to the Filipino ReaderCon that encourages participation of the Filipino readers everywhere. The third Filipino ReaderCon will be on November 9 at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. The event celebrates readers and reading in the Philippines. 


  1. Ah! Kala ko Ladybird lang, but yes, I remember those books! I had plenty of those and were my first foray into the classics (at least, aside from the assigned books nung elementary).

    1. I liked the Ladybird books a lot kasi colored yung illustrations tapos ang ganda pa ng covers. :)

  2. Another Nancy Drew kid, yay! :) And yes, now that you mentioned it, my younger self would love Harry Potter too. All those magic spells? I would have a grand time reciting them. Accio! Avada Kedavra! Expecto Patronum! :D

    1. Yay for Nancy Drew fans! :) I remember being so enamored with Nancy so just imagine how it would be if my younger self read the HP books. Hardcore kung hardcore. :D

  3. Another Nancy Drew fan here (but I forgot to add it to my list)! Dami natin. hehe. I don't remember Ladybird. Bantam and Apple Classics (yung yellow ang cover) are what I remember most. :)

    1. It's Ladybug pala! *facepalm* I'm not familiar with the Apple Classics, but I believe the Bantam ones are still around? I have The Count of Monte Cristo and The Pickwick Papers from that edition. :)

      And yay for more Nancy Drew fans!