Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

All Four Stars
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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.

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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Milo-sticky notes and brain freeze

reviewed by Samantha, age 8

Milo likes a girl named summer goodman. Milo also finds reasons for frustrations at every turn. I like this book because Milo is funny and his friends and also other characters are funny too.
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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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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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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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The Berenstain Bears Go Out To Eat

reviewed by Ryan, age 7

Mama Bear worked really well at her house and her family decided to go out for dinner. I thought this book was nice because Mama Bear worked so hard that the family took her out to eat dinner.
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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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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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reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Brian Robeson who is riding a plane to visit his dad. However, the plane crashes in a lake. Later he finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with only one tool, the hatchet. Brian learns to survive in the wilderness for fifty-four days by hunting fool birds, fishing bluegills and eating turtle eggs until a rescue plane finds him. Finally, the plane brings Brian safely to his dad. I like this book because it shows a picture in my head of how to survive in the wilderness alone. Brian was looking around when he saw a fool bird, he shot it with his bow and arrow and ate it roasted. It tasted horrible but it gave him the strength to build a safe shelter. That is why he survived in the wilderness by himself.
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Camel Rider

reviewed by Rebecca, age 11

As war breaks out in Abudai, Adam, his family and his friends have to escape and leave the border, but they can't bring his dog Tara along. As they stop to fill up on necessities, Adam gets out of the car and hides, letting his family leave him behind. As Adam tries to get back to his dog he meets Walid, a camel rider who was dumped in the desert. With no sense of each other's cultural background and no sense of each other's language, they face problems no matter the situation. I like this book because it was full of action and excitement. There were many cliffhangers and it kept me engaged into the book.
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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!