Read from the Start – Current Month


Read from the Start


Read from the Start – Quality Start LA has teamed up with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) System and the LA County Library (LACL) System to bring you “Read from the Start.”

Each month, QSLA and your local library systems will work together to develop a themed booklist, reading tips, and family activities all designed for families with children ages birth to five. Click on the Read from the Start booklists below to download a PDF of the list.


August 2019: Getting Ready for School Booklist

Monthly Activity: Name that Feeling

Starting school can bring strong emotions for children. Help your child express and manage their emotions with these ideas. When you show children healthy ways to share their emotions,  they learn how to self-regulate and are better prepared to handle big feelings.

This activity was inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity “Expressing Emotions”. Visit for more!

Getting Started:

Sharing Emotions

Add a time to share about an emotion you felt during your day to your family’s daily routine. When adults share their feelings, children learn to do the same.

Building on Books

Ask your child about the characters’ emotions in the books you read. This will help your child learn more about their own feelings.


  • “How do you think this character feels?”
  • “Why do you think they feel this way?”
  • “When have you felt this way?”

Monthly Family Reading Tip: Picking the Right Book

When picking a book to read, consider your child’s age, their attention span, and their interest in the topic. Talk to your librarian to learn about more book recommendations.

Monthly Booklist: To print out and share!

Click on the images below to download our full booklists, or scroll to the bottom of the page to find every book at your local Los Angeles Public and LA County Library.

Check it out at your local library!

Find this month’s books at your local library. Did you know? Many of these books are also available for digital download.

Access more Booklists from our Read from the Start Archive


Looking for more great resources?

Browse Quality Start LA’s collection of booklistschild-friendly activities and holiday activities guides.