Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

The Last
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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.

Critter Club Book: Marion Strikes a Pose #8

reviewed by Kaiya, age 8

Marion joins a fashion show contest where the winner (one for each grade) are in a show to make money for charity. There are many surprises that are happy and sad. Most sad ones are followed by happy moments, which make the book even more exciting.
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Fancey Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

reviewed by Jeanelle, age 7

This book is about JoJo's birthday. JoJo, Nancy's sister, really wants the rhinestone necklace and Nancy says that JoJo likes pirate stuff. Then her sister gets mad. I like this book because at the end was a happy ending and I love happy endings. I also liked it when they had a fashion show. And when they went to Belle's Fabulous Boutique.
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G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins

reviewed by Justin, age 7

This book is about a guy named G-Man who wants to be a superhero. I like this book because G-Man is very funny and kids in his class are getting super powers. G-Man wants some super powers too. So he starts asking the kids that got super powers to let him try out their stuff. When that didn't work, he asks them where did they get it from but all of them say they got it from a top secret website in Japan.
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The Thank You Book

reviewed by Leo, age 7

This book is about Piggie thanking everyone. I like this book because it is showing respect and it is funny. It is hilarious. Ha ha hee hee!
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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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Have a Hot Time, Hades!

reviewed by Angelina, age 11

This book is about Hades, the King of the Underworld and his version of the Greek Myths. I like this book because I think it's really neat how she shows another god's perspective. I also like this book because it's really creative and silly.
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reviewed by Shiraz, age 11

This book is about a mesmerizing and inspiring story of two boys, Leo and Remi, and one duck named Betty. The two boys and one duck venture daringly into the many curious and odd floors of the Whippet Hotel, their workplace, searching for the long lost Merganzer D. Whippet, genius creator of the Whippet Hotel. Many challenges follow, but eventually the boys (and duck) find Merganzer. A very bright and well-written novel. I like this book because it is well-written with interesting characters and a remarkable storyline. It is also well-paced and very wacky in a way that is interesting, funny and inspiring to me, and surely to other kids as well. In the story, which boys as well as girls will enjoy, there is a captivating start, a middle with many different turns, and a happy and soft ending. I give this book 4 and a half stars because of a few problems: very few illustrations, a somewhat etchy beginning, and some moments in the book that were too long. Floors is a magnificently great book, but three things would make it even better: some good quotes, lots of stunning illustrations, and the book overall being longer.
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My Dad's A Birdman

reviewed by Charlotte, age 9

This book is about Lizzie's dad who is building a pair of wings because of the Great Human Bird Competition. Auntie Doreen is getting cross that he entered. Even Mr. Mint, the Headmaster of Lizzie's school entered. I like this book because it was interesting to see the ways other people from different countries used to fly. Mr. Poop was funny when he kept on yelling louder and louder until people came out to sign up for the Great Human Bird Competition. I like the part when Lizzie's dad didn't know that Lizzie was not at school but at home watching him.
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Inky the Indigo Fairy

reviewed by Zoe, age 8

Inky the Indigo Fairy is stuck at candy land and Rachel and Kristy are trying to get her out. I like this book because it is really interesting and once you start reading you just can't put it down.
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Batman, the Brave and the Bold: Sidekicks Save the Day

reviewed by Matthew, age 6

This book is about Batman and his sidekicks saving the day. I like this book because it has lots of action.
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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!