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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.


December 2022: Food and Traditions 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 Activity: Sharing Traditions

Storytelling is an important tradition that can help children understand where they come from and build relationships with family members. Below are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Go the Distance: Whether family members are near or far, connect regularly with updates and caring messages via texts, calls, or video chats.
  • The Language of Love: Encourage your family to share stories about their childhood and loved ones. It gives children a sense of belonging and connection to their culture. If a family member speak a different language, encourage them to introduce words and phrases to your children.
  • Talent Show: Ask family to introduce a favorite craft, skill, or music to the kids. It may unlock hidden talents and interests your little ones haven’t even discovered yet!
  • Custom-Made: Sharing life stories, family traditions, and special recipes together can make for lasting family memories. Invite family members to talk about when they were young, and describe customs that were meaningful for them.
This activity is inspired by Sesame Street in Communities’ activity, “Sharing Traditions”


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: Be Interactive

Discuss what is happening in the book, point out pictures or words on the page, and ask questions as you read with your child! Encourage your child to ask questions or talk about the story while you read together.


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.