Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

Howard Wallace, P.I.
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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 readign 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.

The Heaven of Animals

reviewed by Romina, age 7

This book is about animals that are in Heaven that have angels. Also the angels know every favourite game of the animals. I like this book because firstly, I never have heard of animals that have angels. Secondly, I really liked the descriptions because I could imagine that I am in Heaven.
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Camel Rider

reviewed by Rebecca, age 11

As war breaks out in Abudai, Adam, his family and his friends have to escape and leave the border, but they can't bring his dog Tara along. As they stop to fill up on necessities, Adam gets out of the car and hides, letting his family leave him behind. As Adam tries to get back to his dog he meets Walid, a camel rider who was dumped in the desert. With no sense of each other's cultural background and no sense of each other's language, they face problems no matter the situation. I like this book because it was full of action and excitement. There were many cliffhangers and it kept me engaged into the book.
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The Borrowers

reviewed by Naiyo, age 9

This book is about a family of little Borrowers who live under the floors of an old house in the country. When little Arrietty talks to a human boy, her parents worry that they might have to immigrate like all the other Borrower families who used to live alongside them. I like this book. This book is an interesting novel. It was neat to read about how the Borrowers used human things to create their houses, furniture and food. There is lots of suspense in this book that makes it hard to put down.
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Zac Power: Tomb of Doom

reviewed by Effy, age 9

This book is about a boy named Zac who is a spy. His whole family are spies. Zac gets sent on a mission to save Agent Track Star in a pyramid. He finds out that Agent Track Star is actually a big agent. I like this book because it has something to do with spies and I like spies. I also like this book because it has lots of gadgets and lots of other interesting stuff like being able to do something not boring when you're bored. I also like the spy ads.
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Patient Zero

reviewed by Shiraz, age 12

This book is about huge epidemics that happened and the "epidemic detectives" that found out where the outbreaks originated and how they were transmitted, mostly putting their own lives at risk. I like this book because it explains the stories of the different epidemics and detectives in an informative and vivid way. The stories are full of facts and are narrated in a way that makes you want to keep reading. This book is a reasonable length and has pages with information and non-fiction stories, so you have a good balance of entertainment and knowledge. It also has an amazing introduction and conclusion.
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Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

reviewed by Heidi, age 6

This book is about a world of intriguing and fascinating facts about people, places, history and culture of the world's most exciting country. I like this book because it has lots of facts about shark teeth and koalas and people and places.
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Milo-sticky notes and brain freeze

reviewed by Samantha, age 8

Milo likes a girl named summer goodman. Milo also finds reasons for frustrations at every turn. I like this book because Milo is funny and his friends and also other characters are funny too.
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My Sister The Vampire: Switched

reviewed by Stella, age 9

This book is about when two girls find out that they are identical twin sisters. They encounter some problems at a Halloween ball and they have to switch! But one of them has a secret... a dark secret. I like this book because every sentence makes sense and it's a very exciting book. Once you read it you can't put it down! I don't like this book because some of the chapters are too long!
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A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about three orphans that have been adopted by a cruel man named Count Olaf. Count Olaf wanted to marry the oldest sibling who was only fourteen. The reason being was, her husband would have full control over her parents will, and they were a very wealthy family. I like this book because Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who were the orphans, always find a way out of bad situations. Violet loves to invent, Klaus loves to read, and Sunny...well she loves to bite things with her super sharp teeth! Together, this trio kept their heads held up high, and stood up to Count Olaf and his outrageous ways. Even if it meant to be stroke in the face.
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One Grain of Rice

reviewed by Qumel, age 6

Rice. I do not like this book because the raja said he gets all the rice
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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!