Let's Read

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 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.

The Borrowers

reviewed by Naiyo, age 9

This book is about a family of little Borrowers who live under the floors of an old house in the country. When little Arrietty talks to a human boy, her parents worry that they might have to immigrate like all the other Borrower families who used to live alongside them. I like this book. This book is an interesting novel. It was neat to read about how the Borrowers used human things to create their houses, furniture and food. There is lots of suspense in this book that makes it hard to put down.
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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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Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

reviewed by Tony, age 10

This book is about a child who goes to Washington D.C. for a field trip. His friend brought origami stuff that is from Star Wars. But someday they get into trouble. Find out more from the book... I like this book because it is funny and I usually get in trouble. They had created names for each Star Wars character. So there were these guys: Origami Yoda or Frutigami Yoda, Darth Paper, Emperor Pickletine, Fortune Wookie, Princess Labelmaker, Han Foldo, etc. These guys were trying to make the best plans to escape and some were very stupid. Origami Yoda isn't stupid, he just has a few grammar mistakes.
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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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reviewed by Rachel, age 10

This book is about a girl named Claire who got swept away in the ocean at the age of 15 and found herself in a community with no memory of who she is. Now, a few years later, she remembers she has a son somewhere and sets out to find him. I like this book because there's a lot of mystery in it and lots of excitement. I also like how it connects all the other books in the series together.
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Whatever After: Sink or Swim

reviewed by Hermosa, age 8

This book is about a girl named Abby and a boy named Jonah. They got inside a mirror in their basement which sent them to the Kingdom of Mustard where the Little Mermaid lived. They gave the mermaid a happy ending. I like this book because Lana, the mermaid, has a good ending. In the original version, the Little Mermaid traded her tongue and the amazing voice of the little mermaids to have legs. At the end, Lana died.
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reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about the three main states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. It explains how they act differently from each other, such as a solid's atoms are all crunched up together unlike a gas' atoms which flow around. It also explains what atoms did when they created the universe, such as blowing up hydrogen molecules. I like this book because it teaches me lots of facts on atoms, the tiny building blocks of the universe. I also like this book because it produced specific facts, such as the exact temperature of the absolute zero and the type of minerals and specific nutrients that live in spinach.
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reviewed by Joshua, age 10

This book is about a ten-year-old girl called Lindy who made the long and dangerous journey to Canada during the second World War with her mother and cousin. I like this book because it talks about the hard life of an evacuee and it also talks about how we should help the needy and the poor. You see, Lindy did not have a lot of money, but thanks to others, she had money for her needs. I think we should be more like those who helped Lindy.
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I Am Pusheen The Cat

reviewed by Melody, age 9

This book is about what Pusheen does, likes and eats and her lifetime. I like this book because Pusheen and her sister Stormy are cute and funny kitties. They do funny and cute things.
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I have to go

reviewed by Esther, age 8

This book is about a boy called Andrew and his mother and father always says to Andrew Do you have to go pee and Andrew always say no. I like this book because its very funny and its so funny I want to read it everyday and I even can not sleep.
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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!