Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

The Magic Misfits
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Willliam Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
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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 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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Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger

reviewed by Fern, age 9

This book is about a series of weird stories that make you laugh. The school is a 30 story building without a nineteenth story. I like this book because it is funny and it is strange. There is a character named Doctor Pickell that hypnotizes people with a pickle, which was really funny and weird. He helped stop a lady from smoking by hypnotizing her with the pickle.
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Richard Scarry's Funniest Storybook Ever!

reviewed by Alex, age 6

The Busytown Animals are getting into countless silly situations. Whether it's an out-of-control mix-up with Ma Pig's new car or a talking loaf of bread! I like this book because it has silly stories.
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reviewed by Jason, age 11

This book is about dragons in different tribes and some dragons born with the ability to do magic. Some tribes are at war trying to defend their own tribe so they don't go extinct. I like this book because it is fascinating when dragons have the ability to do magic and the tribes at war defend their own tribe. I don't like a part when the magic can hurt the dragon's soul and made one of the magic dragons kill his entire family.
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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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Fancey Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

reviewed by Jeanelle, age 7

This book is about JoJo's birthday. JoJo, Nancy's sister, really wants the rhinestone necklace and Nancy says that JoJo likes pirate stuff. Then her sister gets mad. I like this book because at the end was a happy ending and I love happy endings. I also liked it when they had a fashion show. And when they went to Belle's Fabulous Boutique.
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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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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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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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Patient Zero

reviewed by Shiraz, age 12

This book is about huge epidemics that happened and the "epidemic detectives" that found out where the outbreaks originated and how they were transmitted, mostly putting their own lives at risk. I like this book because it explains the stories of the different epidemics and detectives in an informative and vivid way. The stories are full of facts and are narrated in a way that makes you want to keep reading. This book is a reasonable length and has pages with information and non-fiction stories, so you have a good balance of entertainment and knowledge. It also has an amazing introduction and conclusion.
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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!