Take 5 and Read to Kids!

Talking, reading, and singing are some of the best ways to help a child’s young mind grow.

Save the Date: Take 5 and Read to Kids — May 2, 2025!

Celebrity Readers will join us to foster a love for reading! The public is welcome to visit us for bilingual storytime, fun activities, free books, and more on May 2, 2025 at these NfL locations: Rio Plaza Elementary, Ruben Castro Center, and Sheridan Way Elementary. Take 5 and Read to Kids! is also coming to a library near you during their regular storytime hours. Check with your local library for a full list of upcoming events.

Take Five and Read to Kids!  is part of First 5 Ventura County’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the importance of reading to young children. Part of what makes this event special is giving every child a bilingual book to build their home library! This isn’t possible without your support. A $50 donation covers books for an entire preschool classroom!

Take 5 and Read to Kids! Event

Take 5 minutes to make a difference that lasts a lifetime!

Take 5 and Read to Kids! is part of First 5 Ventura County’s ongoing effort to raise awareness about the importance of reading to young children, share the joy of books, build champions for early literacy, and build a lifetime love of learning.

You’re Invited to Take 5 and Read 2025!
Celebrity Readers will be joining us on May 2nd to foster a love for reading!  

  • Rio Plaza Elementary (NfL classroom), 3300 Cortez St., Oxnard, time TBD
  • Ruben Castro Center (NfL classroom), 612 B. Spring St. Suite 401, Moorpark, time TBD
  • Sheridan Way Elementary (NfL classroom), 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura, time TBD
  • E.P. Foster Library on Monday, time TBD
  • Fillmore Library on Wednesday, time TBD
  • Hill Road Library on Wednesday, time TBD
  • Ojai Library on Wednesday, time TBD

Give the Gift of Literacy!
Donations from the community allow us to provide a book for each child to take home to build their personal library. Make a donation in support of the Take 5 and Read to Kids! event.

Read about our 2024 event!

Talk, Read, and Sing Every Day!

Can “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” help close the achievement gap? We think so. Every word a child hears impacts brain development and sets the foundation for future reading and literacy skills. By age three, a low-income child has heard roughly 30 million fewer of these words than her more affluent peers. Talking, reading, and singing to young children may be one of the best ways to level the playing field and help every child reach their potential.

Your words have the power to shape their world. 90 percent of brain growth happens before age 5 and it’s early exposure to words that lays a foundation for all that follows. First 5 commissions across the state are joining to bring this message to the forefront with the Talk, Read, Sing Campaign. It’s a simple message with a powerful impact, and it anchors our early literacy work with public libraries, bookstores, funded partners, and families throughout Ventura County.


Free children’s storytimes in your neighborhood

Help your child nurture a love of stories, books, and words by joining one of more than 40 free weekly storytimes at our local public libraries and bookstores. Visit your local library to find storytimes near you. 

Practice “Dragon Breathing” to Create Calm

Little kids can have Big emotions!
As children grow, they begin to explore, recognize, name, and talk about their emotions. Sometimes these feelings can get bottled up and come out as crying, screaming, or even tantrums. But that’s okay! By helping your child learn about their feelings, and how to manage them while they’re young, you can help give them a great start to a happier, healthier life.

Explore how First 5 California’s Dragon Song helps kids stay calm!
One way to teach your little one about calmness is to practice dragon breathing in front of, and with, them. It’s never too early, and it’s also never too late to start practicing calmness in front of your child. Watch the video below to see how the Dragon Song helps kids stay calm!

More resources for you!
For more tips on how your family can talk through their feelings together, visit First 5 California’s site here. Explore details on calming techniques that help regulate moods and techniques to better manage future meltdowns. 

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