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Masé Té: Promoting the Creation of Age-Appropriate and Context-Specific Books for Children from Indigenous Groups in Mindanao through an Inclusive Book Development Process

By By Abigail C. Castillo and Diane Renee P. Carasig

presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference Beijing, China


Existing bodies of literature show that beginning readers use their background knowledge and familiar experiences to relate to texts, recognize words, and understand stories. Seeing oneself represented in the characters, authors, and illustrators engages children in reading. In the Philippines, although there is a significant number of children’s books in local language (Filipino), getting access to high-quality children’s books that reflect indigenous culture, language and dialect variation, and family life remains a challenge.

This paper titled Masé Té, which means “let’s read” in the Blaan language, describes how First Read’s inclusive book development process led to the creation of more age-appropriate and context specific books available for children 0-4 years old from indigenous groups of Blaan, Tagakaolo, and Tboli from the Southern part of the Philippines, Mindanao.

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