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Tagalog Stories For Kids: The 10 Best Books To Read

Tagalog Stories For Kids: The 10 Best Books To Read

One of the best ways to learn Tagalog is by reading books. Not only do they improve language skills, but they’ll introduce readers to Filipino culture and tradition.

In this article, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Tagalog books for kids and language learners. These titles are perfect for beginners as they come with simple yet entertaining stories that will surely keep readers of all ages hooked.

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Whether you’re a learner yourself or you’re looking for suitable reading material for your children, these books are definitely worth checking out. Many of them are also bilingual – meaning, they come with both English and Tagalog versions – so you can easily follow along even if you’re not yet familiar with the language.

Okay, without further ado, let’s get started!

My First Book of Tagalog Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

My First Book of Tagalog Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Filipino Language and Culture

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Introducing “My First Book of Tagalog Words” – a fun and playful way for kids to learn the alphabet and the basics of the Filipino language.

With rhymes and illustrations that bring everyday words to life, this book is perfect for youngsters and language learners of all ages who are interested in learning Tagalog.

Along with teaching the basics of Tagalog, “My First Book of Tagalog Words” also includes kid-friendly notes on linguistics and culture, making it a complete learning experience for young learners and their parents alike.

This 32-page book is suitable for ages 2-5.

Nasaan si Marly?

Nasaan si Marly?

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Where could Marly have gone?

Lucas and Eden are determined to find their cat, and they’re not going to let anything stop them. Join them on their search in this heartwarming story about a Filipino household and the lengths they’ll go to for their beloved pet.

Perfect for kids aged 2-5, this 28-page book is also a great gift for those learning Tagalog.

Magandang gabi, Mahal Ko!

Goodnight, My Love!

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In “Goodnight, My Love!”, Alex has trouble falling asleep, so his father helps him plan a dream. Together, they imagine a world filled with exciting adventures.

With charming illustrations and engaging text, “Magandang gabi, Mahal Ko!” is sure to become a bedtime favorite. It’s suitable for ages 3-6 and has 36 pages.

Ang Hiling Ni Cub

Ang Hiling Ni Cub

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Wishful thinking can be a powerful thing, as Cub learns in this heartwarming story. When Papa tells his young son that he can make a wish, Cub is determined to find the perfect one. But it’s not going to be easy.

Join Cub on his journey of self-discovery as he learns that the best wishes come from the heart. With beautiful illustrations and a sweet message, this 28-page book is perfect for kids aged 3-6.

Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel

Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel / Si Lakas at ang Makibaka Hotel

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Lakas and his new friends, Tick A. Boom, Firefoot, and Fernando the Karaoke King, find themselves in a pickle when they learn that the Makibaka Hotel where they live is about to be sold.

In order to prevent their eviction, they band together and begin a raucous protest that brings the streets of their neighborhood to life.

This heartwarming story celebrates the power of activism, community, and laughter. At 32 pages, it’s suitable for kids aged 5-8. It’s also bilingual – Tagalog/English – making it perfect for language learners.

Pan de Sal Saves the Day

Pan de Sal Saves the Day

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“Pan de Sal Saves the Day” is a children’s book about a young Filipino girl who overcomes self-doubt to find confidence and acceptance.

The story follows Pan de Sal as she goes through a day at school, feeling like an outsider among her classmates. However, when she is forced into the spotlight, she uses her talent for singing and her resourcefulness to win over her classmates and prove her worth.

This sweet bilingual English/Tagalog story is perfect for young children who are learning to appreciate their own unique qualities and makes for a great read-aloud book for ages 3-6.

With 28 pages of vibrant illustrations, “Pan de Sal Saves the Day” is sure to become a favorite in any child’s library.

Bahay Kubo and Other Filipino Folksongs for Children

Bahay Kubo and Other Filipino Folksongs for Children

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“Bahay Kubo and Other Filipino Folksongs for Children” is a delightful collection of 22 classic children’s songs from the Philippines.

Featuring charming illustrations and lyrics in both Tagalog and English, this book is sure to engage and delight readers of all ages.

For older language learners looking for useful but fun native content, or for anyone who loves folk songs, this 52-page book is a great choice.

Baybayin, Ating Tuklasin

Baybayin, Ating Tuklasin

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Though not a traditional reading book, “Baybayin, Ating Tuklasin” is great for older kids and language learners. It is written entirely in Tagalog and contains guidelines and exercises to help you master the ancient script of the Tagalog people.

In addition, the importance of Baybayin in language and culture is discussed. This 96-page book is a must-have for older children and those interested in Filipino history and customs.

Si David at si Jacko: Ang Lagusan Ng Mga Zombie

Si David at si Jacko: Ang Lagusan Ng Mga Zombie

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Wanna read a zombie story in Tagalog? Then “Si David at si Jacko: Ang Lagusan Ng Mga Zombie”! (English: “David and Jacko: The Zombie Tunnel”) is the book for you!

David and Jacko are two best friends who just want to get to the bottom of the terrifying noises keeping them up at night. But when they investigate, they find a network of tunnels that lead straight to their bedroom.

And it’s not long before they realize that zombies are lurking in those tunnels, just waiting to get their hands on some human flesh!

Can David and Jacko outsmart the zombies and make it out alive? Find out in this thrilling Tagalog-language story! Suitable for kids aged 8-12.

Mariang Makiling: Ang Chronicles of Alamat nobela

Mariang Makiling: Ang Chronicles of Alamat nobela (1)

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“Mariang Makiling: The Chronicles of Alamat” is a novel based on myths and legends from the Philippines.

It tells the story of Maria Makiling, a powerful mountain deity who refused to stop crying, causing the village to be destroyed by her tears. Maria must find a way to stop her tears and prevent the destruction of the village she loves.

This story is perfect for readers who are interested in Filipino culture and mythology. The novel is engaging and unique, with colorful characters and an exciting plot.

At 266 pages long, this would suit older readers (8+ years) and language learners at an intermediate level in Tagalog.

We hope you’ve found this collection useful. These 10 books are just a taste of what’s available for kids and language learners interested in Tagalog literature.

If you’re interested in some more Tagalog entertainment, check out our post The Best Tagalog Movies on Netflix. Or if you want to read some Tagalog quotes, head on over to Funny Tagalog Quotes and Proverbs (with English Translations).

For more Tagalog resources, you might also find our Everything You Need to Learn Tagalog page useful.