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.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

reviewed by Keilah, age 11

This book is about a bookmender named Sophie Quire who is instructed to protect the Book of Who. The Book tells Sophie that she is the last storyguard and the protector of the 4 questions (who, what, where, when). Whoever has all the Books will have absolute power. With the help of Peter Nimble and his companion Sir Tode, they set off to find the other Books. By finding these Books she also discovers her mother, Coriander Quire's, killer. I like this book because it is full of mystery and adventure. It teaches us to have courage especially when our friends need us. For example, Peter saved Sir Tode's life by revealing his fantastic eyes beneath the blindfold at the risk of having them removed. Sophie's bravery saved the world from destruction. This book is definitely interesting and worth your time.
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Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell

reviewed by Nathasya, age 6

This book is about Twilight becoming a princess. I like this book because it also has friendship.
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reviewed by Rachel, age 9

This book is about two sisters going on a trip to meet their aunt but they cannot agree on the same things. They usually don't get along with each other. When they get to their aunt's house they both feel like they don't fit in with the other kids, so they start being nicer and nicer to each other which makes them realize the love and affection they have for each other. I like this book because it is very funny. This story connects to me and my sister as we also don't get along well. When we immigrated to Canada, we did not have anyone to play with. We started to play with each other and we started being nice to each other.
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Shouldn't You Be In School?

reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about how Lemony Snicket and his associates solve the mysteries to stop Hangfire's treachery in the town of Stain'd By The Sea. They sneak in the Wade Academy to discover what Hangfire is up to. Will Lemony Snicket solve the mysteries or will Hangfire rise? I like this book because it tells us how to write mysteries. The book lets us use our brains to think of how to solve the mystery. It produces powerful imagery to tell us how this person feels like. I also like it because mysteries are my favourite type of books.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about a kid named Greg Heffley, and his silly best friend Rowely Jefferson. Greg's mom does not want him to play video games all the time, and instead she wants him to explore his creative side. So he finds a pack of gummy's and starts to create. I like this book because Greg and Rowely actually try to think of a creative way to get out of this situation. They decided to make a movie, so when they become rich, and Hollywood stars, their mothers can not tell them what to do anymore. Plus, they didn't realize but they were not on their couch playing video games all day, like usual
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Ivy + Bean Book 1

reviewed by Megan, age 7

This book is about Bean and Ivy not being friends at the 1st place. Then there is a funny part Bean's mother told Bean to play with Ivy. Then Ivy's mother told Ivy to play with Bean. At the end they became friends. I like this book because it is funny. The funny part is when Bean put some worms on her sister! Then she danced. I also like Ivy's character. She is kind and playful. I like the pictures.
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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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Dog Gone!

reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about two twins, Billy and Jillian. They want to donate money to the dog shelter by making a bake sale. However, their parents are famous burglars, and they decide to steal a dog instead. They told Billy to steal the most pretty dog, which was found in a dog salon. Billy and Jillian have to return the dog before any ransom is paid to their parents. They secretly followed their parents and stopped them from stealing any ransom. I like this book because it explains a lot of details when Billy's family thinks their plans because they always think deeply into the problem and try to solve it. Billy's parents were thinking of stealing ransom from the dog's owner, and they thought that a dog's sense of smell was very strong, so they decided not to return the dog because it might track them down. Instead, they put a brick in a box and head for the ransom.
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Bats at the Library

reviewed by Aiden, age 6

Bats found a library. They went into the library from open windows. I like this book because the bats went to the library. It's interesting.
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Broken Birthday

reviewed by Emily, age 9

This book is about a girl named Stella. She is turning 9. And she is celebrating her birthday in Pennsylvania. But she broke her leg so she can't go. After her friends come to visit her. She was very happy. I like this book because it is a very interesting story about friendship. Friends are very important. They can turn a terrible day into the best day you ever had! In my life I have such kind of friends too. When I am in trouble they will always come to help me.
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Characters We Love

Also check out our Teens & Adults reading suggestions.

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!