Read from the Start – October 2022

Read from the Start – Quality Start LA has teamed up with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) System, the LA County Library (LACL) System,  the Pasadena Public Library, and Sesame Street in Communities 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.

October 2022: Feelings and Emotions Booklist

Monthly Booklist: To print out and share!

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

Monthly Activity: Expressing Emotions

Helping kids learn to express their emotions is an important part of development. Below are ways you can encourage children to share their feelings:

  • Act It Out: Kids often work through their biggest feelings while pretending. Fill a box with clothing you no longer wear, like work shirts and hats, along with props like wooden utensils and/or stuffed animals. As children play, help them talk about emotions by asking, “How does this character feel? Why is she feeling _____?”
  • Share Emotions: Children will be more likely to share emotions if they see grown-ups doing it. During mealtime, go around and share one thing you did and one emotion you felt that day.
  • Build on Books: Use books as a window into emotions. Choose books in which the characters struggle with big emotions. Ask children, “How does this character feel? Why do you think they feel this way? Have you ever felt this way?”
  • Feel the Beat: Some children may have an easier time showing their feelings in physical ways. Turn on music and encourage children to dance or move to show different feelings (i.e. tired, sad, happy, etc.).
  • Heart to Art: Kids can draw their feelings. Say, “Can you draw a happy thing that happened today?” or show them illustrations and say “This drawing reminds me of a time when I felt ____.”

This activity is inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity, “Expressing Emotions”

For more activities related to literacy, click on the links below to further engage children in stories and keep their little minds and bodies active.

25 Reading and Writing Activities

Click the links below for more books available for read aloud:

Reading is Fundamental: Some of your favorite stories available for children pre-k through 6th grade!

ASL(American Sign Language) Stories and Activities

Storyline Online: Watch as some of your favorite actors and actresses read their stories aloud to your little ones!

Read Conmigo: Free bilingual children’s books and literacy resources for children in preschool through fifth grade.

Monthly Family Reading Tip: Create Your Own Story

Don’t have a book to read? No problem. Making up and sharing stories is as beneficial as reading, and your little one will love it just the same. You can talk and tell stories during meals, potty training, even bath time, and in the car or bus.

Check these books out at your local library!

Find this month’s books available for digital download at your local library or for read-aloud on YouTube.

Access more Booklists from our Read from the Start Archive