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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.


March 2021: Women’s History Month

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: We are Confident

Feeling self-confident is an important building block for success. Help your child build confidence with the activities below and support your child to continue trying to reach their goals. 

  1. Look back on success: Remind your child they can do amazing things! Look through old photo albums together and relive past achievements. Offer positive feedback. Ask, “What do you think are your best qualities?”
  2. All in this together: It’s important to remind your child that learning always happens – even grown ups are still learning! Challenge the whole family to learn something new together, like a dance or hula hooping.
  3. Step by step: Learning takes time. Emphasize that even if your child can’t do something yet, they’re on their way. Pick a fun cooking project (real or pretend) to illustrate that to cook something doesn’t happen at once. You have to gather the ingredients, mix, and back to get the final product.
  4. Celebrate!: With each new achievement, praise your child for something specific and make sure they know how proud you are.
This activity is inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity, “We Are Confident.”


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 it again and again

Your child probably wants to hear their favorite story for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop important language skills, such as vocabulary and grammar. So, don’t be afraid to revisit stories time and time again.

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.