Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

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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.

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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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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Notebook of Doom: Attack of the Shadow Smashers

reviewed by Joey, age 9

This book is about a group of kids who are part of a monster fighting team called "Super Secret Monster Patrol" or SSMP for short. The kids names are Alexander, Rip and Nikki! I like this book because it's full of adventures and surprises! I do not like this book because... Ha! Just kidding. There's nothing I don't like about this book!
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Bayberry Island

reviewed by Richard, age 8

This book is about true friendship between Twig a chipmunk, Lilly a bunny and Basil a weasel. They set sail on a boat with a baby dragon named Chair, but the boat capsized in the middle of the sea. I like this book because the animals are very cute and they represent friendship and kindness. It tells never lie to your friends because if you lie like Basil you will lose your friends and break your friendship between them. I recommend you to read this book because the relationship in this animal story are similar to our human world and it can be a real life situation.
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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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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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reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about a boy named Michael who finds an angel creature named Skellig who lives paralyzed. Michael meets a new friend at his new school whose name is Mina. Together they discover the secrets of Skellig, and at the same time, their lives change forever because they would like to help more people than before. I really enjoyed reading it's ending because it is really peaceful. I feel peaceful because Skellig flew off into the dark blue sky after the special meeting about the truth of his life is over. Before he left, he told the kids to remember about this special meeting even when he is not with them.
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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths

reviewed by Effy, age 9

This book is about Nancy Drew and her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, who are going to Deirdre's sleepover. The sleepover has a big city girls theme but they find out that Hollywood Heather goes missing. Nancy Drew and her friends have to find her! I like this book because I like sleepovers and mysteries and dolls. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are one of my favourite series of books ever. And the best part is you get to solve a mystery before the Clue Crew solves them!
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reviewed by Brielle, age 7

This book is about what lions are like, how they catch their prey and what's the difference between a male and female lion. I like this book because it got me very interested. The reason why I got interested was because it explained so many things. Also as I was reading I was like "Ohh I wonder what happens next" , I guess this is the end!
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Nora the Arctic Fox Fairy

reviewed by Emily, age 8

This book is about rescuing baby animals. Rachel and Kirsty went to the Arctic to rescue a baby Arctic fox named Dazzle with the help of Nora the Arctic fox fairy. In the end, they did it! I like this book because it is about animals and I love animals. I like animals because they are cool, colourful and they are part of nature. And we should protect animals.
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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!