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 sesamestreetincommunities.org for more!
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.