Planning Tools and Resources
Planning Guide & Sample Grantee Materials
Books, Read Alouds, & Parent Workshop Resources
First Book Marketplace
Quickly and easily set up a nonprofit account and purchase high quality, steeply discounted children’s books for your students.
Book List - Stories for All
A list of diverse and inclusive titles available for purchase through the First Book Marketplace.
Great Reads Book Recommendations
Find age-appropriate books and diverse books recommended by the Oakland Public Library.
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning
Local nonprofit that can provide a fun, professional read aloud and/or workshop for parents on how to support reading at home.
Oakland Public Library
Invite your local branch librarian to perform a read aloud and share information about library services at your event. Make sure all of your students have signed up for a library card and families know about the events and resources available at their local branch.
Local nonprofit that can connect you with a published children’s book author or illustrator to lead a read aloud or presentation at your event.
Resources to Share with Families
Beanstack from the Oakland Library
Parents create a profile for their children and receive customized recommendations for age-appropriate books and learning apps. (English and Spanish)
Free mobile app with fun activities for parents to create powerful brain building moments for their young children. (English and Spanish)
Free text service that sends health and safety tips from pregnancy through the baby’s first birthday. (English and Spanish)
Read Aloud 15 Minutes
Tips and promotional materials to encourage every parent and every child to read together 15 minutes every day. (English and Spanish)
Downloadable reading tip sheets for parents of preschool through third grade children in 11 languages.
Bilingual site that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.