Kids' Literacy

It’s never too early to begin reading with your baby, toddler or preschooler. The library offers weekly storytimes and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten 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. 

Pre-Reading and Learning to Read Resources

First Five Provides resources and information for parents and educators on the critical role they play during a child’s first five years.

Reading is Fundamental Read along to classic stories, sing fun songs, play educational games, doodle and explore. For babies to preschoolers.

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. Use the Library’s catalog to 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.