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.

  • ConnectingAuthors

    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)

  • Vroom

    Free mobile app with fun activities for parents to create powerful brain building moments for their young children. (English and Spanish)

  • Text4Baby

    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)

  • Reading Rockets

    Downloadable reading tip sheets for parents of preschool through third grade children in 11 languages.

  • Colorín Colorado

    Bilingual site that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.

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