Kids' Literacy

It’s never too early to begin reading with your baby, toddler or preschooler. The library offers weekly storytimes designed to develop pre-reading skills and foster a lifelong love of reading. For school-aged kids, we offer after-school activities. Listed below are additional resources geared for parents and children of all ages to help build their language and literacy skills and assist with their school work. 


Pre-Reading and Learning to Read Resources
Sitos en Español
Scholastic Reading Counts! and Accelerated Reader(AR)
Handy Homework Helpers


Early Literacy Tip: In addition to reading to your little ones, sing with them, tell jokes, make up nonsense rhymes and have them draw pictures and encourage them to talk about what they drew.  These activities are fun and help build their vocabulary and self-confidence.

Pre-Reading and Learning to Read Resources
Get Ready to Read!
Provides resources and information for parents and educators of young children on early literacy and engaging online games for little ones.
Leading to Reading
Read along to classic stories, sing fun, educational songs, play educational games, doodle and explore with Reading is Fundamental. For babies to preschoolers.


Starfall
Alphabet, counting, and learning to read activities and games, online stories for learning to read and more.



StoryBlocks
Build your child's reading skills with songs and rhymes.



Sitos en Español
Primera Escuela
Semillitas de Aprendizaje

Scholastic Reading Counts! and Accelerated Reader (AR)

Does your child need books of a certain reading or lexile level for Scholastic Reading Counts! or Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes? Listed below are the Scholastic Reading Counts! and AR Bookfinder sites where you can find the grade or lexile level of a specific book or subject or search for books by your child’s reading level. Then, using the library’s online catalog, you can see if we carry those titles and place them on hold. The library does not provide lists of quizzes your child’s school may offer. For additional assistance, call (760) 435-5600 and ask for Children’s Services.

Scholastic Reading Counts!
Some schools from kindergarten to high school take part in the Scholastic Reading Counts! independent reading program. Scholastic Reading Counts! provides a searchable database of books that support SRC quizzes your child may be required to take for school.

Accelerated Reader (AR)Other schools take part in the Accelerated Reader program. AR BookFinder provides a searchable database of books that support AR quizzes that your child may be required to take for school. Your school may not have quizzes for all AR books but have a select quiz list. Check with your child’s teacher to find out what quizzes are available.

Handy Homework Helpers

Biography Resource Center
Biographies and full-text articles on the lives of famous people.
Social Studies Fact Cards
California Edition

Ready reference resource designed for students in grades 4 - 8 studying topics on California, United States and the World included in the social studies curriculum in California.
The Khan Academy
Over 3,000 free tutorial videos on almost every subject for grades K-12.
Internet4Classrooms
Free comprehensive site with internet resources for grades K-8 providing addtional instruction and practice in all subject areas.
Homework Spot
A full educational resource site for students, parents and educators organized by grade levels and school subjects.