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.


June 2019: Counting and Learning Booklist

Monthly Activity: Count with Me!

Build your child’s math understanding by counting with them! Using math vocabulary, such as numbers and shapes, helps your child understand that those words represent the count and look of an object. Read about more key terms to use in your everyday from Zero To Three.

Getting started:

  1. Make a game of counting similar objects, such as apples, toys, or trees, with your little one in the grocery store, in the car, or at home.
  2. Start by asking your child to see how many of a certain kind of item they see.
  3. Point to each object and count with your child so they learn that each number represents an object.

Here is a great way to start:

“How many cereal boxes do you see? Let’s count together! There is one cereal box…”

Monthly Family Reading Tip: Retell

After reading a story, have your child tell the story in their own words or by using the pictures to guide their ideas.

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. Many of these books are also available for digital download.

Juanito Counts to Ten / Johnny Cuenta Hasta Diez: a bilingual counting book by Lee Merrill Byrd

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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.