A Guide to Storytime 2022

Reading by 9 2022 English cover
(Illustration by Daniela De Sa Ribasqui)

A Guide to Storytime is Reading by 9’s annual bilingual reading guide for parents and educators. It supports young kids as they develop their reading and literacy skills, which are crucial for future academic success.

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By Kids, For Kids

In this year’s reading guide, Reading by 9 is spotlighting child authors to inspire the next generation of young storytellers. Below are three featured stories, but look out for more throughout our guide (indicated by an asterisk).

Babies and Kindergarten

  • By Jazz Jennings

    From age 2, Jazz Jennings knew she was a girl. Since then, she has become a spokesperson for trans children everywhere.

    At age 13, Jazz published a children’s book about her trans experience.

    Penguin Random House
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1st to 2nd grade

  • By Mattie J. T. Stepanek

    Mattie J. T. Stepanek wrote poetry from age 3 until his death at 13. Some of his poems reflect his reality of living with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the grief of the loss of his three siblings to the same condition. But most of his poetry reflects his hope, wisdom, and light-hearted spirit of childhood.

    VSP Books
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3rd to 4th grade

  • By Marley Dias

    In 2015, Marley Dias founded the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to collect and donate books with Black girl protagonists.

    She published this book at age 14 to share her passion for making our world a better place. Throughout the book, Dias offers advice to children on how to become lifelong readers and achieve their dreams.

    Scholastic Inc.
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Tips and tricks for our readers


Book Recommendations

Babies to Kindergarten

1st to 2nd grade

3rd to 4th Grade


Literacy Programs


Support Services



Los Angeles Public Library

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Orange County Public Libraries

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