Reading by 9


The First 5 Years: A Guide to Early Learning is Reading by 9’s early education reading guide for parents and educators of children ages 0-5.

The 2023 reading guide was created through the generous support of the Ballmer Group and features contributions from the Los Angeles Public Library, First 5 LA, Raising a Reader, Zero to Three, Sprout Speech and Language Therapy and Read to a Child. This year’s guide spotlights articles, activities, book recommendations and more for parents and educators of children ages 0-5.

Featured articles from this year's guide

The other day, my 4-year old son came bounding into the house from the school and begged me to write down a new word for him: galumphing.

Sept. 14, 2023

Build a foundation for literacy in your child’s life. Sing songs so that they can learn sounds and play pretend so that they can use their imagination.

Molly Wright, now 9 years old, was just 7 when she gave this amazing TED talk in Sydney Austrailia in 2021. She attributes her success to the power of five things her parents provided for her: connecting, talking, playing, a healthy home and community.

The activities below are based on literary practices and can help build pre-reading skills. Try them out with your littles to set them up for reading success!

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.

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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.