Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
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Blood Mountain
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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.

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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The Squeaky Door

reviewed by Amy, age 7

This book is about a squeaky door, a little boy, a grandma, cat, dog and a pig and a horse. I like this book because it was interesting and really, really funny.
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Frozen: The Cinestory

reviewed by Sarah, age 10

This book is about a fearless, optimistic princess named Anna. She sets off on a heroic journey, teaming up with experienced mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and funny snowman Olaf (whom Elsa, the main reason why Anna set out on this journey, created.) She sets off to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the Kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Anna and Kristoff must battle the snow to save the kingdom. I like this book because it shows how siblings will give their life to save the other. In the end, Anna could have run from Hans' sword, but instead she put herself between the sword and Elsa. Anna spent her last few moments well. She could have lied there and spent her last moments in peace, but instead she ran to save Elsa, the person who froze her heart.
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Sunset Shimmer's Time to Shine

reviewed by Romina, age 8

A nice girl named Sunset Shimmer is happily trying to study the magic of friendship. She also has a magical booklet so she can write to her friend, Twilight Sparkle. I like this book because it includes magic, friendship and teamwork. Also because it teaches you a lesson. The lesson was: don't be selfish.
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Blossom the Flower Girl Fairy

reviewed by Leilah, age 7

This book is about a fairy and two girls. The girls help the fairy find her magic objects. I like this book because a goblin made himself look like a water fountain and wants to be an author. There is also a fairy ball and lots of ice cream.
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reviewed by Janice, age 11

This book is about a boy named George who is transgender and wants to be a girl. Sadly, he has to keep this a secret. Then, George's teacher announces they will be doing a play based on "Charlotte's Web". George has to find out how to tell them that he's a girl and wants to be the act of Charlotte. I like this book because it shows how George faces all these difficult problems like when the teacher refuses to let George be Charlotte for the day just because he's a boy. And that it is okay to be different because everyone deserves to be treated equally because everyone is unique in different ways.
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Good Crooks: Missing Monkey!

reviewed by Bryce, age 10

This book is about a devastatingly wrong family who always steal stuff. ONE DAY...the kids were at the zoo trying to do good because they got tired of being robbers and the boy got a lock breaker and a MONKEY MISHAP happened!!! I do not like this book because...JUST KIDDING! I really liked the book because lots of action was in the book and mishaps were happening all over town but at the same time I was laughing out loud/LOL because there was a time when he opened the cage and the next thing that happened was poo.
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Mark of the Thief

reviewed by Angela, age 11

This book is about a Roman slave boy called Nic who finds Julius Caesar's bulla which has magical powers. Soon, he embarks on a journey to save Rome and is flung into a web of treachery and a mystery. He befriends a griffen named Caela, a girl named Aurelia and the son of a senator. I like this book because it had a really adventurous and intriguing storyline, and it was a cliffhanger. I liked the way the author made each character's characteristics, like how Aurelia is bold and dangerous, and how Sal is dishonest and sly. I like how it is set in Ancient Rome because Rome is interesting to me and it holds many secrets. I also liked it because it has magical features inside like the Caela and the bulla.
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Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

reviewed by Diljaan, age 10

Greg Heffley is a normal middle schooler who is not big on "family fun", but his mom on the other hand is all for it! So she plans a family road trip. I guess you can say that it wasn't the BEST road trip yet. I like this book because Greg's mom has a lot of passion even if the whole family would love to skip the road trip. She does not stop trying and I think that is a very important quality in any human being. Even if the road trip wasn't perfect because of fender benders, a runaway pig, really crazy seagulls and more, it sure was a great book to read and review.
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Rain Reign

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about an 11 year old girl named Rose, who is autistic. One day her dad brought home a stray dog. Rose named her Rain. But there was a hurricane that came between them. Now Rose is searching for Rain. I do not like this book because it was a little sad. Poor Rose is struggling to understand her classmates, has to cook dinner for her and her father every night, and she is still searching for her loyal dog Rain. Plus, every night her father would arrive home from the pub in a horrible tone, and a very dangerous mood. So it is possible that the plot is not suitable for all viewers.
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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!