Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

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Did You Know

  • A Special Place For Books
    One of the easiest ways to show your child the importance of reading is to make a special place in your home to store your child's books.

  • Predictor of Reading Ability
    Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade.

  • Incorporate Literacy During TV Time
    Talk with your child about their show.

  • Preparing for Reading
    Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to read.

  • How to Help Your Child Develop Literacy Skills?
    You can help your child develop literacy skills during regular activities without adding extra time to your day. Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks such as sorting the laundry or thinking about what to cook for dinner.

  • Library Storytime
    Library storytime is a parent's opportunity to learn some new songs, stories, and rhymes that you can share and repeat with your child at home.

  • Get a Library Card!
    Ask us to help sign your child up for a library card!
    Get a RPL library card today!
    Did you know? You don't have to live in Richmond to get a RPL card!

  • Improving Literacy Skills With Multiple Languages
    Adults and children can improve their literacy skills by reading books in the family's first language and then reading the same book in English.

  • Read & Re-read
    Read and reread books about topics your child is interested in.

  • Share Your Experiences with Your Child
    Share what you read with your child. Read aloud a portion of the newspaper or a book you are reading. Share why reading is fun.

  • Storytelling
    Storytelling encourages imaginative thinking and builds narrative skills. Gather your family members at meal times and have them tell the story of their day.

  • Nursery Rhymes
    Research shows that knowing eight nursery rhymes by age four means better reading skills at age eight.

  • Be A Literary Role Model!
    Set a great example by keeping books in your home and modeling good reading habits.

  • Be Visually Literate
    Explain illustrations in books.

  • Storytime & Babytime
    We have FREE storytime and babytime programs each week to encourage reading and literacy. We also have special events that help build literacy skills, including puppet shows, sing-alongs and more! Browse RPL's Event Calendar

  • Tumblebooks for Kids Check out RPL's Digital Collections
    Have you tried out Tumblebooks kids e-book collection? The words of each story are highlighted as they are read out loud. Keep in mind that e-books, apps and online games are best for kids age 2 or older.

  • Home Message Board
    Try a home message board to exchange notes.

  • Learning Tips for Babies
    Children under the age of two learn best from real-world experiences and interactions – such as physical play, reading print books together or listening to music together.

  • Reluctant Readers
    Boys are traditionally more reluctant readers. Magazines, sport cards, comics and others still count as reading.

  • Reading in Your First Language
    Readign in your first language helps you learn English easier.

  • Build Vocabulary with Games
    Board games and card games help build literacy by including words.

  • Reading is Bonding
    Reading to Children is a bonding and nurturing experience.

  • Learning New Words
    Children learn new words through nursery rhymes.

  • Ask Questions
    Interact with your child when they try new apps, ask questions and point out new things.

  • Incorporate Reading into Play
    Incorporate reading an dwords into your child's playtime.

  • Read to Big Kids
    Keep reading to your big kid to expand their vocabulary and book choices.

  • Let Your Child Turn the Pages
    Let your cild turn the pages of the book so they understand how it works.

  • Read Early
    Studies show that future success depends on early reading abilities.

  • Age Appropriate Books
    Choose age appropriate books for your child's development level.

  • What Makes A Better Reader?
    The more children read the better readers they become.

  • Introduction to English
    Library storytimes are an excellent introduction to English.

  • Seasonal & Holidays Reads
    Visit the library for books that go along with the seasons and special holidays.

  • Encourage Free Play
    Play stimulates the healthy development of children’s brains. Unstructured or free play is the best type of play for young children.

  • What's At Your Library?
    The library has thousands of great books, digital books, movies, games and music albums to choose from – there is something for everyone!
    » Learn More About The Library Catalogue

  • Keeping Digital Screens Out of the Bedroom
    There is a place and time for digital learning. It's not bedtime though.
    Keeping screens out of the bedroom can help your child have a better night’s sleep.

  • Limiting Screen Time
    The Canadian Paediatric Association encourages parents to limit screen time. For children under age 2, the recommendation is zero screen time. For children age 2-4, try a limit of 1 hour per day.

Great Reads for Kids

Book Reviews by Richmond Kids

Looking for something good to read?
Check out what other Richmond kids are reading.


reviewed by Jason, age 11

This book is about dragons in different tribes and some dragons born with the ability to do magic. Some tribes are at war trying to defend their own tribe so they don't go extinct. I like this book because it is fascinating when dragons have the ability to do magic and the tribes at war defend their own tribe. I don't like a part when the magic can hurt the dragon's soul and made one of the magic dragons kill his entire family.
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About Average

reviewed by Akarty, age 12

This book is about an average girl named Jordan Johnston who struggles to find who she is in the world. She's not a failure or a huge success. She is as average as it gets. But through her struggles she discovers that average isn't as normal as she thinks. I like this book because it motivates me to find out who I am in the world. I enjoy how I can connect to Jordan and really live out the story myself instead of being a bystander. The one thing I didn't enjoy is the part where she discovered who she is by saving others in a tornado because I know that can't happen to me.
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Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School!

reviewed by Keira, age 8

This book is about Babymouse, she's signed up for film club, because it was Activities week. Babymouse turned out to be the director too! I like this book because it is funny and Babymouse is now older. Also, I like the book because she learns how to make a movie, and there are some pages in comics.
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Everything Pets

reviewed by Joyce, age 7

This book is about pets. I like this book because I looooooooove pets. I like hamsters, puppies, dogs, birds, reptiles, horses, kitty cats, fish, goldfish, betta fish, turtles, bunnies, rabbits, frogs, ponies, mice, chicks, ducks, lizards and gaters. My favourite pet is the turtle. I like these pets because they are very, very cute!!!
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The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell #1

reviewed by Emily, age 11

This book is about a brother and sister named Alex & Conner. They magical enter the book and find a way to get out of the book by collecting the legendary wishing spell items. I like this book because it has a lot of unexpected twists and turns which makes the book interesting.
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

reviewed by Abigail, age 9

This book is about the prisoner of Azkaban, sirus black. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are in their third year at Hogwarts. They go prove that sirus black is not the one to murder Harry's parents. I like this book because it's magic and I like magic. Magic is cool. It's interesting. It talks about Harry's life at the durslys, Hogwarts and on his own with his friends Ron and Hermoine. From baby to grown-up
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Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

reviewed by Andrea, age 11

The Bauldelaire children were informed by a friend, Mr. Poe, that their parents have perished in a fire. Soon, they were off to live with a man named Count Olaf. Count Olaf was a terrible man after the fortune that the parents of the orphans left them. I love this book because it gives you a big urge to keep reading and reading till you read all night. This book has a mysterious suspense that makes it an excellent choice for parents and children to enjoy! So I rate this book an amazing quadrillion stars!
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Captain Awesome Vs. Nacho Cheese Man

reviewed by rycen, age 9

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man's friendship was broken, then they reunited their friendship. I don't like the book because Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man's friendship broke. I like the book because evil can go to good. I like the book because Super Dude Comics are so funny.
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reviewed by Angela , age 12

This book is about a school bully whose badness terrorizes his entire town, gets his whole memory whacked out of him when he falls from his roof. Now, with the help of his former victims, he will find the shards of his past and, hopefully, try to fix his life for the better. Because it's not every day you get a second chance at everything. The moral of this book is deep and thoughtful, because what it's trying to tell you is that even the cruelest of people can become the kindest of people. And you don't need to get amnesia to become that. Because all it takes is just one person to make a huge impact for the better in someone's life. Which strikes deeply in my heart, and will stick in yours too. This book is for people who love humor, second chances, and friendship.
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Island of Dr. LIbris

reviewed by Jimmy, age 9

This book is about a twelve-year old boy who was spending his summer and then discovered an Island of Dr. Libris. Dr. Libris can seem to make fictional characters come alive. I like this book because once you start reading it is so intriguing that you can't put it down. It is a great book if you love adventures.
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Characters We Love

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Library Collection for Kids

Kids eBooks*

Our eBooks for Kids' site has almost 1,000 chapter books and easy readers!
*available to Richmond residents only


Kids eBooks

Tumblebooks contains hundreds of animated and interactive story books for kids.


Kindergarten Readiness

Take out a Kindergarten Readiness Theme Bag and help your child get ready for kindergarten!


Baby & Preschool Theme Boxes

Theme boxes are fun educational kits created for Babies (ages 0 - 3) and Preschoolers (ages 3+).


Kids Book Club Sets

Start your own Kids Book Club, and take home a 12-copy book club set – we have over 30 to choose from!


Science Kits

Science kits are great for school aged children and they are very popular. Hurry, take one home today!