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  • My Favorite Books: What's on Audrey Tan-Zubiri's Bookshelves

    Growing up, Audrey says books were her friend. Find out how she sparked the same love in her kids.
  • Audrey Tan-Zubiri

    Audrey Tan-Zubiri, mom to Adriana, 5, and Juanmi, 3  
    Columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, businesswoman

    How she sparked an interest in reading in her kids:
    Eversince my kids were babies I read to them. I started with those touchy-feely books so that it would be interesting for them. Later on, we moved on to other books. Dr. Seuss was a particular favorite of both my kids because it was easy for them to understand and enjoy. When tey got old enough, I started buying them books that they were really interested in such as princesses for my daughter. We don’t really buy them toys that often; usually we wait for a special occasion like Christmas or a birthday, but they’re allowed to buy books everytime we go out.   

    My son is only three, and for a while it looked like he really wasn’t interested in books. I followed the same routine I did with Adriana -- I would read to him whatever was appropriate for his age and follow his interests, but nothing. At night, I would read him a story on Cars which is his favorite, but nothing. In the last 6 months though, he suddenly developed an interest in dinosaurs. So I said, let’s buy a dinosaur book, and he just became so interested. So now if someone gives him a dinosaur toy and he can’t figure out what it is, I’d say, okay let’s look in your book. And then later on he would be the one to say, Mama let’s go check my books. It’s not even a story book, but he loves it. He just sits and listens. Now he's suddenly interested in nighttime storytelling, and with different books. He’ll lie down beside me and listen to the story. He understands that he can learn from books.

    Click 'View slideshow' to see Audrey's 5 favorite books of all time!


    Photos by Mitch Mauricio

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