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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.

December 2019: The Importance of Families

Monthly Activity: Favorite Time

Making a book with your child about your favorite times promotes early literacy skills. This also helps children build self-esteem and strong connections to their family.

1.    Gather supplies around your house to use as book pages, such as cardboard from cereal boxes, the paper from this flyer, paper towels, etc. To make a book, you can:

  • Fold the paper materials in half to form pages, or
  • If using cardboard, punch holes in the side and use string or yarn to tie the pages together

2.    On each page, have your child use markers, crayons, or pencils to draw a favorite family activity. Some topics to talk and draw about  may include:

  • What do we like doing together?
  • Where does this activity take place?
  • What do you enjoy most about this activity?
  • What makes this activity fun?

This activity is inspired by Favorite Time! and Family Together Time from Sesame Street in Communities.

Monthly Family Reading Tip: Read Every Day

Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close. Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time!

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.