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 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.

Thea Stilton and the Cloud Castle

reviewed by Makayla, age 7

It is all adventures and mysteries that the Thea sisters have. In this one, their friend Will Mystery called Thea and said there was an emergency. The land of clouds is disappearing. I like this book because it is about mysteries and adventures about the Thea sisters. They help each other. They never leave one behind and rescued Violet.
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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

reviewed by Gursher, age 13

This book is about Grover being abducted by Polyphemus the Cyclops which lives in the sea of monsters. I like this book because its interesting. If you like warriors fighting big bad giants you will love this.
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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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Fahrenheit 451

reviewed by James, age 12

This book is about a future (but a not-too-distant one) where people are no longer interested in books, and firemen START fires to burn these illegal books. However, one fireman has thought over this idea slightly more than everyone else. I like this book because it shows how fragile our world is, and that if we're not careful enough, one of our most prized treasures will be forgotten forever. It shows that, despite all our modern technology, we must not forget what made people grow up into themselves: books. Books have shaped not just us, but the world.
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The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day

reviewed by Samiksha, age 9

This book is about five grade 7 girls who all had a big fight in their babysitting club. They had the fight because Kristie Thomas took a job without passing it around. But in the end they all made up by saying sorry because they didn't know what they were fighting for. I like this book because it has a very good message about friendship which can not only be useful to children but to all aged human beings like your siblings or cousins. I also like this book because books like this help me get lots of friends even on the first day of school.
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Island of Dr. LIbris

reviewed by Jimmy, age 9

This book is about a twelve-year old boy who was spending his summer and then discovered an Island of Dr. Libris. Dr. Libris can seem to make fictional characters come alive. I like this book because once you start reading it is so intriguing that you can't put it down. It is a great book if you love adventures.
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

reviewed by Aadil, age 9

This book is about a grade six child known as a trouble maker named: Perceus Jackson a.k.a Percy Jackson. One day his pre-algebra teacher turns into a creepy winged bat monster. Then one of his teachers hands him a pen that turns into a sword! (to find the rest you should read the rest.) I like the part when I found out that Percy is a demi-god and father is the god of the sea a.k.a Poseidon it gets really amazing, awesome and interesting. I love this book.
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Captain Awesome Vs. Nacho Cheese Man

reviewed by rycen, age 9

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man's friendship was broken, then they reunited their friendship. I don't like the book because Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man's friendship broke. I like the book because evil can go to good. I like the book because Super Dude Comics are so 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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The Cloud Castle

reviewed by Corrina, age 6

The Thea sisters trying to save the land of clouds. I like this book because it makes me happy.
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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!