Planning Tools & Resources
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.
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.
Multicultural Storytellers Bay Area Resource List
A list of local storytellers and performers, many of whom are focused on stories and story traditions of People of Color.
Resources to Share with Families
Home Reading Helper
Find resources on how to help your child learn to read organized by grade (PreK-3) and skill area.
Short videos help break down the different reading skills that students are learning in school so parents can understand what they are, why they are important, and how to help your child develop them.
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)
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)
Bilingual site that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.