Dear parents, teachers and educators,
Each time a child picks up a book, he or she enters a world of learning. It doesn’t matter if the main character is a boy wizard, a famished caterpillar or a fancy young girl who dreams of Paris. The key to building a strong foundation in literacy is allowing children to pick up the books they love. When children read, they discover new places and new ideas and develop literacy skills they will continue to use as they make their way through high school and beyond.
We need to do more to encourage children to read.
Far too many children lack the critical skills needed to engage with reading. Nearly 58% of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress failed to meet English language arts and literacy standards in 2018. In order to build a strong foundation for students, we must shrink this number. Students who read at age level are more likely to graduate from high school. Reading opens doors to academic fulfillment, career readiness and opportunities throughout a child’s life.
The Reading by 9 annual publication, “How to Raise a Reader,” was developed in partnership with Access Books, an independent nonprofit dedicated to renovating school libraries and ensuring that children have access to quality literacy resources. The guide, available in English and Spanish, is free — and has tips and ideas for incorporating reading into a child’s daily life. Its recommendations — books, local literacy resources and more — highlight the value of encouraging students to read books they are interested in.
The guide is distributed to parents, teachers and educators throughout California with the help of community-based organizations and schools. It’s also available in print.
Thank you for reading!
Chief Operating Officer
Los Angeles Times
Tips and Tricks
Tips for raising a bilingual reader
For preschool and kindergarten
For first and second graders
For third and fourth graders
There are many organizations around Los Angeles and Orange counties that provide families with literacy resources and support services. Visit your local library for access to computers, free Wi-Fi and books for all ages.
This supplement did not involve the editorial or reporting staff of the Los Angeles Times except where noted.
To order additional copies or download a digital version of the 2019 parent reading guide, visit latimes.com/readingby9. The guide is free to parents, educators and organizations working with children and families. To contact us with comments and questions or to receive more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles Times Public Affairs manages philanthropy, community engagement and corporate social responsibility at the nation’s largest metropolitan daily news organization. We broaden perspectives, empower storytellers and inspire our community to question and transform the world around them. For more information, visit latimes.com/readingby9.
Access Books is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to transforming school libraries in Los Angeles’ most underserved neighborhoods. Each library served receives thousands of new, quality books, a new coat of paint, and dozens of literacy-themed murals that make the library more inviting. For more information, visit accessbooks.net.