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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.


January 2022: Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds

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: My Healthy Week

Start the new year off right for both you and your little ones. Encourage healthy habits and routines throughout the week by using a chart to keep track of the many ways you take care of your bodies. Use a blank piece of paper to create a chart with each day of the week written across the top and age appropriate healthy habits written on the side. Use the following to get your healthy habits started:

  • Once you’ve created your chart, ask your child to help you come up with at least three healthy habits they think are important to do each day and write/draw them on the side of the chart. Examples include: Brush teeth, wash hands, eat a fruit or vegetable, be active for 15 minutes, etc.
  • Hang it somewhere kids can easily see, such as the refrigerator.
  • When your kids finish doing any of the healthy habits listed, encourage them to make mark or color in the square on the chart next to that habit. Make sure to praise your child for making healthy choices!
  • At the end of each week, count how many healthy habits you were able to do.
  • Share a healthy snack or favorite activity with your little one as a reward.
This activity is inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity, “A Healthy Week”


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: Connect with a Book

Families these days are busy, and so are kids. All families want to connect with their children in meaningful ways. A great way to connect is through reading! If you only have five minutes, take out a book or click on one of the read aloud books linked above. Reading with your child, at any age, is one of the best ways to nurture your relationship. It may turn out to be the very best part of your day.

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

Looking for more great resources?

Browse Quality Start LA’s collection of booklists, QSLA & LA libreria partner booklists, child-friendly activities, coronavirus resources, and holiday activities guides.