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.

  • Recommended Books and Reading Guides

    The Oakland Literacy Coalition curates lists of rich, diverse, and engaging books that we think all children should get the chance to experience.

  • Multicultural Children's Literature Resources

    A growing list of organizations, booksellers, and other resources we have collected.

  • 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 Authors Database

    A list of local social justice and BIPOC storytellers and artists

Resources to Share with Families

  • Oakland Reads


    Oakland Reads is an online resource hub for families and community partners to utilize throughout students’ journeys to become strong readers.

  • Reach Every Reader

    Pre-K home & family apps designed to promote pre-literacy skills through dialogue and playful interactions between children and parents/caregivers. These apps — Animal Antics, Photo Play and Small Wonders — were developed and released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

  • 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)

  • Colorín Colorado

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

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