Reading by 9 (2021)


A Guide to Story Time is Reading by 9’s annual bilingual reading guide for parents and educators.

The 2021 parent reading guide, created in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, features book recommendations that celebrate Southern California authors, illustrators and communities.

Past reading guides

The 2020 guide created in partnership with Ready, Set, Read! features book recommendations and tips for launching your child’s interests in math, science and the arts.

The 2019 parent reading guide was created in partnership with Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Access Books, and features tips for connecting with your child through reading.

The 2018 parent reading guide was created in partnership with Common Sense Media.

The 2017 parent reading guide was created in partnership with Common Sense Media.

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.

Ready, Set, Read! prepares young children to become lifelong readers by coaching their parents to read with them.

Access Books provides quality books to public school and community libraries where the majority of students live at or below the poverty line.

Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.