Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Kids won’t be intimidated by books if, as children’s book author, Robert Magnuson, shares,

“You start them really early. My love for reading began before I could even read. It started with the physical form of the book. Touching the cover, flipping through the pages, basically familiarizing and becoming comfortable with the book as an object for learning.”

This summer, parents can jumpstart their kids’ love for reading. For children ages 6 and below, Hiyas recommends easy-to-read books they’ll surely want to read over and over again:


The Great Duck and Crocodile Race (P150)

Duck and Croc want to race . . . and kids will keep guessing who wins first place. Written and illustrated by Robert Magnuson, this book was honored as One of the Best Reads in the 2012 National Children’s Book Awards.

Boom! Bang! Clang! (P150)

Written in Filipino by radio broadcaster Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides and illustrated by Robert Magnuson, two families of musical instruments clash and create loud, unbearable noise at Barrio Musika but soon learn the value of living in harmony.

Bee Polite (P150)

Buzzing with lessons on when to say “Thank you,” “Please,” and “Excuse me,” Dee the Bee shows that bee-ing polite can be fun and easy. Written by Joyce Piap-Go and illustrated by Maria Cristina Sison, Bee Polite is the second book in the Little Bee Book series.

Porcupirate Plans the Day (P150)

Porcupirate plans his days with all sorts of exciting adventures. But when things don’t go his way, he learns that the greatest adventures can be found where you least expect them. A rhyming read filled with colorful images, Porcupirate Plans the Day is written and illustrated by Robert Magnuson.


Parents play a vital role in helping kids enjoy reading. Robert Magnuson adds, “I buy my son all sorts of books appropriate for his age and make sure to read it with him. We read every night before bedtime. He’s three, so I read while doing a lot of word-pointing. As he becomes familiar with the book, I let him read some words . . . we literally end up reading together.”


All recommended books are available at OMF LIT Bookshop, PCBS, Powerbooks and National Book Store. Hiyas is the children’s book imprint of OMF Literature, the country’s leading Christian publisher. Visit, for more details.