I've always wanted to own a library just because I love collecting reading materials as much as I love to read. To date, I probably have more than three thousand magazines, comics, and books combined. But even that's the case, I can say that I had a healthy balance of activities I involved myself with growing up as a child and that includes playing rough. Who would've thought? Haha. But my favorite would have to be reading. That's when I started to imagine great things not just for myself, but also, for the world.
Excluding school books, the first reading material I got hooked with (until now!) was Archie. I related to Jughead the most because food! And also, a whole lot of Reggie Mantle just because he's really competitive. Go on an adventure, do well in school, and strive for success (in love and life) were just some of the lessons but the ultimate thing the comics taught me was to enjoy my childhood and have fun!
Reading (the right books) is fun and educational! May it be digital or physical, reading does wonders. I prefer the latter because of the joy of smelling the pages of a newly-opened book and it's hip. It's also a good opportunity for a parent and a child to bond.
UNICEF launches Children First! Storybooks -- a collection of six books that promote reading and inspire children's imagination. Written in Filipino and English text for children ages three and above, the books talk about the different topics such as overcoming shyness, cultivating friendships, and reaching for one's dreams. The stories are presented in colourful illustrations to fire up children's sense of curiosity and wonder.
Written and illustrated by some of the most notable Filipino writers and artists, the collection also includes the storybook Anita, the Duckling Diva written by UNICEF Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis.
Anita, the Duckling Diva tells the story of how one little duckling overcomes her shyness with the help of her family and friends.
Anita, the Duckling Diva
Apart from teaching important lessons to children, the books also contain a child-friendly version of the convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as internet safety reminders for young people. Proceeds from the book will benefit UNICEF's programs for children in the Philippines and around the world.
Ang Sabi ni Nanay, Ang Sabi ni Tatay
Ang Dalawang Haring Siga
Ang Bata sa Basket
Nina Wonders, Nina Asks
Yaya Niya, Nanay Kowww.unicef.ph.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work, please visit www.unicef.org/philippines.