Read from the Start

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 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.

March 2024: Women’s History Month 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 Family Activity: Honoring Women in History

Use these fun and meaningful Women’s History Month activities to teach kids about women’s important contributions or our world.

  • Watch educational videos. To help little ones learn about Women’s History Month, it might be useful to offer a quick, easy overview. Click here for a PBS Kids Women’s History Month video that offers a great, kid-friendly explanation.
  • Rock out to empowering songs. Whether you have a dance party or a sing-a-long to these power anthems, they will get you and the kids hyped up for Women’s History Month. And this is a perfect opportunity to discuss important female musical artists such as Nina Simone, Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton, Beyoncé and more.
  • Write a thank-you. Take time this month to thank women healers, caregivers and frontline workers by helping your child write a thank you letter or draw a picture.
  • Celebrate everyday women in our lives. This is a great time to recognize important teachers, family members and child care workers in your child’s life. Talk with children about which women in their lives they appreciate and what kind of impact they are making in society.
This activity is inspired by Care’s activity, “14 Women’s History Month Activities for Kids that Teach and Empower.”

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: Read The Favorites

Play to their favorites! Read favorite stories again and again. Seek out books about topics your child especially enjoys— for example trains, animals, and space exploration. These books may extend a child’s attention span, build vocabulary and create even more enthusiasm for reading!

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.

Ready to Fly! by Lea Lyon

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

The Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Shhh! The Baby’s Asleep by JaNay Brown-Wood

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black kids by Nyasha Williams

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar by Charnelle Barlow

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Saturday by Oge Mora

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Access more Booklists from our Read from the Start Archive