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Let's Read

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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

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Check out what other Richmond kids are reading.

Tales from a Not-so-friendly Frenemy

reviewed by Romina, age 8

This book is about a girl going to a new school just for one week then coming back to her old school. I like this book because the chapter book named Tales from a Not-so-Friendly Frenemy is a very long and exciting book and is fun to read. I also liked it because of the part the nurse wanted to surgically remove a phone from a girl's hand as she couldn't stop taking selfies!
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Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild and Wonderful Foods

reviewed by Shiraz, age 11

This book is about foods from around the world that most western people think are weird. But to other people around the world, they are perfectly normal. Many other topics are also mixed in with the main subject, including history, coffee variants and animal facts. I like this book because it talks about a less known and obscure topic, but explains it in a way that everybody loves. I also like this book because, starting from one interesting topic it branches to many others, talking about important subjects like culture and religion that we all need to learn. I also think other readers, just like me, would enjoy Andrew Zimmern's sense of humour. Overall, I give this book 4 stars because I wished that it was longer.
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The Giver

reviewed by Amanda, age 8

This book is about a boy named Jonas who lives in a village where everything is provided for them and they don't get to choose their job. And Jonas gets chosen to be the next Giver. That's when the problems begin. I like this book because it has lots of creative imagination and is a great story for someone who likes to be creative. Also I like this book because I like how it shows that keeping secrets is not a good way to solve problems.
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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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Ranger's Apprentice series

reviewed by Liam, age 10

This series is about a boy named Will who, when he comes of age, is taken in as an apprentice to a ranger named Halt. he has lots of adventures in this mysterious corps devoted to the King and has to work to earn his title of a ranger. I like these books because there are lots of adventures throughout this series along with emotions like hate, love, sorrow and fear. The main character is not perfect which I like because he depicts an average human being. I highly recommend this series to anyone who can handle romance, tension and a bit of blood.
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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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Princess Cora and the Crocodile

reviewed by Jeffrey, age 7

This book is about a little baby with toes that are like pearls & blue eyes. When she grew up, Princess Cora was sick of boring lessons. She does stuff like taking 3 baths per day. One day she finally wrote to her godmother asking for a dog. I like this book because it is interesting and at the very end she actually got a dog. In the beginning she got a crocodile. I don't like it because her parents forced her to do stuff.
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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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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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The Notebook of Doom: Charge of the Lightning Bugs

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!
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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!