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Find any of these titles with the Boston Public Library Kids Find-a-Book or visit your local Boston Public Library branch!

Jamaica's Blue Marker
by Juanita Havill

A My Name is Alice
by Jane Bayer

When a Line Bends... A Shape Begins
by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Arf! Beg! Catch!: Dogs from A to Z
by Henry Horenstein

Mouse Paintby Ellen Stoll Walsh

How Big is a Pig?
by Clare Beaton & Stella Blackstone

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Eric Carle

Amazon Alphabetby Martin Jordan & Tanis Jordan

Uncle Nacho's Hat
(El Sombrero del Tío Nacho)
by Harriet Rohmer

We Share Everything!
by Robert N. Munsch & Michael Martchenko

Morris the Moose
by Bernard Wiseman

Eating the Alphabet
by Lois Ehlert

Giraffes Can't Dance
by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees

When I Grow Up
by Mercer Mayer

Little Blue and Little Yellow
by Leo Lionni

Mama Always Comes Home
by Karma WilsonShape Spaceby Cathryn Falwell

Bear's Picture
by Daniel Pinkwater

De Colores: Bright with Colors
by David Diaz

Minji's Salon
(El Salón de Minji)
by Eun-hee Choung

Oh! The Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

I Love Saturdays y Domingos
by Alma Flor Ada

The First Strawberries
by Joseph Bruchac

Lily Brown's Paintings
by Angela Johnson


Helpful Websites with additional reading information:

KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians - with kid-friendly results!

Read Kiddo Read
" the biggest get your kid reading movement on the web"

Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read encourages all parents to make reading with their children part of their daily routine.

ReadBoston is the city’s only comprehensive early literacy program, reaching Boston’s children at all points in their day, all year long.

Reading is Fundamental
Books are the building blocks for a better future.


There’s a lot for young kids to do in Boston with their families and friends, and much of it is free or low-cost. Many examples are listed below. Call for their latest schedules.

For additional information on youth and family activities, call the Mayor’s Youthline               (617) 635-2240, or try the City’s Youth Zone website. You can also look in the calendar section of local papers, or visit Talk, Read, Play for up to date calendar of events

Boston Public Library
27 locations in Boston!
Movies, story hours, and special concerts.

Boston Community Centers 
43 sites throughout Boston!
Free or low-cost swim lessons and family swim times.
Dance/music classes at some sites for small children.

Boston Parks and Recreation Department
(617) 635-4505
287 parks and playgrounds!
Festivals, parades, and concerts.
ParkARTS: free activities in neighborhood parks.
The Frog Pond on the Boston Common: ice-skating in the winter and a wading pool in the summer.
The Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden, open from April through Labor Day.

Highland Street Foundation Fun Free Fridays

Mayor’s Office of Special Events and Tourism
(617) 635-3911
Free concerts, parades and festivals year-round.

MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
(617) 626-1250
State-run public swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, and parks.
Try one of their 7 skating rinks.
Call for directions to Castle Island, a real castle, beach and boardwalk.

The Boston Children’s Museum
(617) 426-8855
Friday night admission is just $1. Free passes are available at the libraries. $2 with EBT cards
Try out PlaySpace for young children, a parent resource room, and attend parent workshops.

Museum of Science
(617) 723-2500
Free passes are available at the libraries.
Try their Discovery Center, a two-story play area for children under 6.

Museum of Fine Arts
(617) 369-3300
Children are always free. Passes are available at the libraries.
"Children’s Room": Free drop-in activity program for children 6-12 years old, with art projects, drama, poetry and music. Call for dates.

Zoo New England (in Franklin Park)
(617) 541-LION
A new playground, a rainforest with gorillas to see up close, lots of other animals, and a new children’s zoo!

New England Aquarium
(617) 973-5200
Passes are available at the libraries.
Children’s activity center with storytelling and arts and crafts included with admission price, located in Exploration Center – call (617) 973-6563.

These activities have no-cost, no calories and require no batteries! Many of the things you do to help your child learn to read are easy, free and fun. You probably do many of these things without even knowing it. Just 20 minutes a day makes a big difference.

You count! Everything families do to nurture and protect their children makes a difference. No matter when a child enters school, parents and other family members are the first people in a child’s life to appreciate who they are and what they do. By encouraging curiosity, communicating family values, and genuinely appreciating the child, families establish a strong foundation for learning that lasts a lifetime.

The people in the child’s home are their first teachers. By talking, telling stories and singing to and with young children, adults help children learn a language. Young children are more likely to thrive in school when they know lots of words and are able to express their ideas and needs. Spending time talking, reading and playing with your child helps increase their vocabulary, makes them feel good about themselves, and helps them begin school eager and ready to continue learning!



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