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, 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.

July 2020: Proud to be Me!

Monthly Booklist: To print out and share!

Click on 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.

NEW this month: Click on each book this month to access the Read-Aloud version of each story!


Monthly Activity: Same & Different

Try out the activity below to help your child celebrate all of the qualities that make him/her special.

  1. Draw two overlapping circles on a sheet of paper, and write your child’s name above one and your name above the other.
  2. Take turns describing qualities that make each of you unique. Help your child write or draw pictures of these in the appropriate circles.
  3. Talk about qualities that you have in common and write/draw those in the section of the circles that overlap.
  4. Be sure to celebrate the qualities that make each of you, YOU! Take turns saying what you like best about the other person.
This activity is inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity “Same and Different.


For more activities related to the booklist, click on the links below to further engage children in these 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 from:

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

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


Monthly Family Reading Tip: Reading Happens Everywhere

Helping children with early reading skills isn’t only about having books in the home although that’s an important piece. You can also start talking about the letters, numbers, and words on packages (such as cereal and food boxes) and signs on stores that your child notices. Help them see how words are already a part of their daily life!

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 booklistschild-friendly activities, coronavirus resources, and holiday activities guides.