Filipino-Canadian author publishes children’s book that helps kids learn basic Tagalog
A new Filipino-Canadian author has published children’s books to help children learn basic Tagalog words and phrases while learning about Filipino culture. Carlos Cabaneros, education assistant and child and youth worker, talks about his new business and what makes his book, “My Daily Tagalog Words,” easy to read.
According to Cabaneros, in addition to working with children and young people, he also enjoys writing. “The first thing I wanted to do was actually sell and make lunchboxes for kids. But then I enjoyed writing (also), it’s my passion and I love working with young people, so from there i just connected that. So i just started writing and creating my own children’s books. Very colorful. It’s easy to read for kids. There is also pronunciation (guide) added and there are example sentences, ”Cabaneros said.
After promoting his book on TikTok, Cabaneros was surprised at the attention it received and the high demand for hardcover and paperback compared to digital copies.
“This was the first video I posted and I had no idea it would get a lot of attention on TikTok and the comments were coming from all over the world. It really showed me that, wow, it is. necessary, it’s something that’s missing. I haven’t really had a lot of digital sales. The ratio would be 10 to 1. Ten paperbacks and one digital. It’s very surprising, “he said. Explain.
The author of Fil-Canadian further stated that he did not find authors for Filipino children growing up, so he wants to fill this gap for Filipino children in North America and around the world. “It’s only Robert Munsch and Dr. Seuss who have children, especially in North America. My main goal is to fill this gap so that children do not forget their roots and always remember where they came from.
Cabaneros just released their second picture book in September titled “Learning Tagalog Phrases With Ate and Kuya” and will soon be adding backpacks, lunch boxes and other school supplies to their “Kids of Today” merchandise.