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.

July 2024: Imagination, Play, Humor 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: Imaginative Play

Encourage your child to use their imagination to role-play scenarios. This open-ended, unstructured play boosts creativity and problem-solving abilities!

  • Cook an imaginary meal. Children love to act out the ordinary things their parents do. Help your little one get into the role of future chef by laying out kid-friendly cooking equipment, such as bowls and spatulas, and “ingredients” and let kids get creative in the kitchen!
  • Throw picnics and tea parties. Bad weather outside? No problem. Set up your own indoor picnic with a blanket, your child’s favorite toys and a few plates and cups. Remember: pinkies up at all times, and never fail to ask whether Teddy would like more tea or cake.
  • Turn a box into anything! For example, a large cardboard box can become a house, a car or an airplane. Flatten it out, and you have a desert island. Give your little one a few boxes and watch for a bit to see what they do. Jump in once they’ve decided what the game is going to be.
  • Clean the house. Kids are often strangely fascinated by housework. The next time you’re vacuuming or mopping the floor, give your child a broom so they can follow you and take part.
This activity is inspired by Persel’s activity, “What Is Imaginative Play.”

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: Choose Imaginative Stories

Imaginative stories like fables, nursery rhymes, and bedtime stories can help children think through problems and use their imaginations. Reading these different genres can introduce children to new ideas, concepts, and experiences that help them think creatively.

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.

The Train Home by Dan-ah Kim

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

How To Count To One by Caspar Salmon

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Is Everyone Ready For Fun? by Jan Thomas

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

A Pig, A Fox, and A Box by Jonathan Fenske

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Mr. Kitty Is Lost! by Greg Pizzoli  

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Not Now, Cow by Tammi Sauer

Pasadena Public Library

Los Angeles Public Library

LA County Library

Access more Booklists from our Read from the Start Archive