Reading by 9


Reading can set the foundation for all sorts of development and early learning. Find literacy tips from experts along with book recommendations and local resources.

Help young kids learn to read with expert advice. Find literacy tips and tricks along with book recommendations for parents and educators in the reading guide.

The reading guides were created through the generous support of the Ballmer Group and feature contributions from literacy programs and experts. This year’s guide spotlights articles, activities, book recommendations and more for parents and educators of children ages 0-5.

Featured articles

We all know every child is unique, and when it comes to reaching their developmental milestones, even more so.

Encourage your bilingual baby to use multiple languages by talking, reading and singing with them. Human interaction will foster their bilingual learning.

Reading readiness is a crucial aspect of early childhood development, encompassing a range of skills and experiences that lay the foundation for future academic success.

Reading together is a tried and true habit that takes your imagination to faraway places, supports your child’s development and cultivates a one-of-a-kind bond between you and your child.

What is Reading by 9?

Reading by 9 is a literacy initiative from the L.A. Times aimed at supporting parents and educators of elementary-school aged children with reading resources.

Each year, Reading by 9 partners with a local childhood literacy organization to produce its free bilingual parent reading guide and host events within the community.

Latest Times articles


Community Partners

The Los Angeles Public Library provides free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in our city’s diverse communities.

Raising a Reader supports families to build, practice and grow reading routines with their children.

First 5 LA is an independent public agency with a goal to support the safe and healthy development of young children so that by 2028, all children in L.A. County will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

By partnering with our local schools, socially-minded organizations, and caring community leaders, Read to a Child Greater Los Angeles is working toward a future where every child has the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond through the cultivation of a lifelong reading practice.

At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

We specialize in providing assessment and treatment for toddlers and preschoolers at risk for communication delay and with identified speech and language disorders.