Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

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.

OCD Daniel

reviewed by Ava, age 10

A 13 yrs. old boy named Daniel who is on a football team, but HATES football, and spends practices arranging Gatorade cups perfectly. He receives an anonymous email that said "I need your help" -fellow Star Child. And he must find out what it means. The author Wesley King created characters that are not only relatable but realistic. They all have a role. You've got Daniel, the main, Max, the breath of fresh air, Taj, the jock, Sara, the one everyone feels bad for, and Raya, the one that keeps the readers turning their pages! I think that this book should totally have a sequel! Although I don't have OCD I can still relate to Daniel.
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Summer In The City

reviewed by Rebecca, age 11

This book is about a boy named Charlie who has a staycation in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. At fist Charlie thinks that it will be boring but after a while Charlie realizes that he can have an adventure at home even if it is just playing baseball and walking dogs. I like this book because it is humorous and I can connect to all the summers I am home from vacation. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seven to eleven years old.
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My Extra Best Friend

reviewed by Karen, age 7

This book is about the BFF issues that a girl named Ida has to go through. After her BFF Liz moves away the two girls lose touch. But later on, when Ida bumps into Liz at summer camp, Ida has to choose between fixing her friendship with Liz and leaving her out to be with her other BFFs. I like this book because it is about having BFFs, and it teaches readers to not forget old friends no matter how many other BFFs they have made.
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

reviewed by Diljaan, age 10

This book is about Greg Heffley, a boy who is in middle school. Greg's best friend is Rowley. The two are sharing a school full with people who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. I like this book because it is very entertaining. Greg has to face his old pal Karan Gupta. He is currently playing a joke on Karan by saying he is still in India and acting like he is invisible. Another thing I like about this book is the "cheese touch". In Greg's school everyone is scared of it!
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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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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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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

A boy named Greg Heffley, is starting middle school with his friend, Rowely Jefferson. Things do not go well for Greg because his brother Rodrick, and classmates are constantly picking on him. Greg finishes the year by breaking his friendship with Rowely over the cheese touch. I like this book because at the end of the book, there was a plot changing twist. Greg and Rowely were held captive by two teenage boys. The teens were forcing the two besties to eat moldy cheese. Greg quickly said that he was lactose intolerant, so Rowely forcefully ate the cheese. When the two were back to school Greg took the blame for eating the gross cheese-touch-cheese. That just proves how strong their friendship really is.
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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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Dinosaur A to Z

reviewed by Biaobiao, age 7

This book is about dinosaurs names and species and their appearances and facts! It even shows their size! It is placed in alphabetical order to make it easier to look it up. The book also explains their life cycle, food, habitat, their defences and when they exist. I like this book because it's really descriptive and they drawed a background with images of dinosaurs to make it fun for kids. Because kids like to read it, it also encourages kids to read other books. The meanings are really clear and simple so it could be easily understood, it has a lot of information and I learned a lot! The reason I like it is because it explained almost everything about dinosaurs in clear simple paragraphs that attracted my attention the moment I saw it. If you are doing a project about dinosaur species, I suggest you to read this book.
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A Nest For Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration and the Meaning of Home

reviewed by Richard, age 7

This book is about a mouse named Celeste who was born in a field and found a home in a house of the artist Audubon. This book is about friendship between humans and animals. I like this book because Celeste is cute and kind. She is very helpful to her friends: birds Cornelius and Laffayette, and boy Joseph who learned to paint the birds. Celeste is even trying to be nice to rats Illiana and Trixie. At the end of the story, Celeste understands that the true home is in your heart.
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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!