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 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.

Frozen: The Cinestory

reviewed by Sarah, age 10

This book is about a fearless, optimistic princess named Anna. She sets off on a heroic journey, teaming up with experienced mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and funny snowman Olaf (whom Elsa, the main reason why Anna set out on this journey, created.) She sets off to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the Kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Anna and Kristoff must battle the snow to save the kingdom. I like this book because it shows how siblings will give their life to save the other. In the end, Anna could have run from Hans' sword, but instead she put herself between the sword and Elsa. Anna spent her last few moments well. She could have lied there and spent her last moments in peace, but instead she ran to save Elsa, the person who froze her heart.
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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 Samuel, age 6

Frogs are flying in the sky. It is an imagination. I like this book because it is funny, silly, and crazy. Because frogs fly around and I never seen frogs can fly. It will be scary to see cover the sky. I rather to see them in the pond. I wouldn't want frogs fly around.
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About Average

reviewed by Akarty, age 12

This book is about an average girl named Jordan Johnston who struggles to find who she is in the world. She's not a failure or a huge success. She is as average as it gets. But through her struggles she discovers that average isn't as normal as she thinks. I like this book because it motivates me to find out who I am in the world. I enjoy how I can connect to Jordan and really live out the story myself instead of being a bystander. The one thing I didn't enjoy is the part where she discovered who she is by saving others in a tornado because I know that can't happen to me.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope

reviewed by Samanah, age 10

This book is about three orphans and a villain who wants to steal their fortune, along with his troupe. The three orphans find a friend and together they try to solve the mystery of V.F.D. I like this book because it's a long book and the whole series is really adventurous, mysterious and sad. Some of the parts really make you want to read on well after bedtime. I like this book because it amazed me how three orphans, a baby and two teenagers, survive for so long with a villain and his troupe are trying to get their fortune.
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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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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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Zac Power: Tomb of Doom

reviewed by Effy, age 9

This book is about a boy named Zac who is a spy. His whole family are spies. Zac gets sent on a mission to save Agent Track Star in a pyramid. He finds out that Agent Track Star is actually a big agent. I like this book because it has something to do with spies and I like spies. I also like this book because it has lots of gadgets and lots of other interesting stuff like being able to do something not boring when you're bored. I also like the spy ads.
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OCD Daniel

reviewed by Ava, age 10

A 13 yrs. old boy named Daniel who is on a football team, but HATES football, and spends practices arranging Gatorade cups perfectly. He receives an anonymous email that said "I need your help" -fellow Star Child. And he must find out what it means. The author Wesley King created characters that are not only relatable but realistic. They all have a role. You've got Daniel, the main, Max, the breath of fresh air, Taj, the jock, Sara, the one everyone feels bad for, and Raya, the one that keeps the readers turning their pages! I think that this book should totally have a sequel! Although I don't have OCD I can still relate to Daniel.
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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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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!