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Palos Verdes Library District


The Palos Verdes Library District collaborates with our community to create environments for learning and inspiration, and to share the unique history of the Peninsula.


Click below to access the Palos Verdes Library District's recommended reading lists!


Preschool Picks

Kindergarten Reading Fun

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


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Reading Helps Kids “See”

Kids play out the story in their heads, consciously and unconsciously - and that can boost their imaginations.  Ask questions about what things look like so your child can visualize in greater detail.


Reading Books Sharpens the Senses

Reading words like garlic can trigger smells while metaphors like “a slimy person” can call up textures - often at the same time.  Experts think reading may give kids a richer, deeper experience of the story and possibly even the world.


Reading Gets Kids Moving

Just as we see a story in our mind’s eye, we also automatically play out the action in our heads when we read, “Harry kicked the ball.” Running through actions in your mind improves your ability to do the same thing.  It’s why athletes can bump up their game by imagining themselves, say, making a free throw.


Reading Books Grows Brain Cells

Struggling readers may have fewer cells in some regions.  A study found that after six months of daily reading, the weak spots beefed up so much that the kids’ brains looked the same as those of kids with stronger reading skills.   


Reading Makes the Heart Bigger

Preschoolers who hear more stories get a head start on becoming more empathetic.  That’s because kids’ books are packed with characters who air their feelings - and because parents tend to talk about the characters’ emotions.