Over the next several months, we will be updating our Storytime themes on various countries around the world. The 2020 CSLP Reads summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story” will focus on fairy tales and myths from all cultures, so having storytimes on countries can go along with that theme. Of course, focusing on countries is good anytime, as a way to celebrate the wide variety of people in the United States who immigrated from somewhere else. This month, we will celebrate the Philippines. For a craft project, make these parol stars, similar to a traditional Christmas Parol: www.craftsforkids.com/projects/900/902_4.htm or here: www.littlepassports.com/blog/craft-diy/make-beautiful-filipino-parol-lantern/ .
Climo, Shirley. Tuko and the Birds. Gecko yells at the birds to stop singing so he can sleep; they trick him into moving from Luzon.
Fullerton, Alma. Hand Over Hand. Nina learns to fish with her grandfather even though he is hesitant to have a girl on his boat.
Gilles, Almira A. Willie Wins. In this longer picture book, Willie is embarrassed to show his classmates his bank, which is made from a coconut.
Ho, Minfong. An Eagle’s Feather. An endangered eagle is shot in the Tambala forest but survives after being taken to a sanctuary where he befriends another eagle.
Kim, Tae-yeon. Mango Trees. A story of the importance of trees in the Philippines.
Samson, Lucretia. Marcela and the King’s Tricks. A young girl outsmarts the King.
SanSouci, Robert D. Pedro and the Monkey. A monkey helps his dimwitted owner obtain his fortune.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool