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.


reviewed by Aaron, age 11

This book is about a ten-year old girl named Lindy who goes on a voyage to Canada with her cousin and mother when their hometown in England is being bombed during World War II. She faces many devastating tragedies with courage and hope. I like this book because it explains about how several families in England felt during World War II. Many families panicked when Hitler dropped the first bombs. Children had to leave their fathers, uncles, aunts and grandparents behind to live in a free country where they had a sense of security. They all faced their challenges with courage and hope.
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Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life

reviewed by Alisha, age 8

This book is about a girl named Nikki who has two BFFs named Zoey and Chloe. Her enemy is named Mackenzie. Then one day they play dodge ball and Mackenzie hits Nikki in the face and she faints and goes into fairy tale land. I like this book because it has fairy tales in it and I love fairy tales. The fairy tales are a little bit different and I love different fairy tales. That's why I love this amazing, wonderful, interesting, funny book. I love Dork Diaries!
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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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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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The Baby-Sitters Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day

reviewed by Samiksha, age 9

This book is about five grade 7 girls who all had a big fight in their babysitting club. They had the fight because Kristie Thomas took a job without passing it around. But in the end they all made up by saying sorry because they didn't know what they were fighting for. I like this book because it has a very good message about friendship which can not only be useful to children but to all aged human beings like your siblings or cousins. I also like this book because books like this help me get lots of friends even on the first day of school.
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Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

reviewed by Heidi, age 6

This book is about a world of intriguing and fascinating facts about people, places, history and culture of the world's most exciting country. I like this book because it has lots of facts about shark teeth and koalas and people and places.
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Freckle Juice

reviewed by Simone, age 7

This book is about a boy named Andrew who wanted freckles. His classmate Nicky has them. They cover his face, ears and the back of his neck. Andrew doesn't have them. His other classmate Sharon has them. For fifty cents for a secret recipe, Sharon tricks her classmates. I like this book because it is really great and I liked the idea of this book. There are lots of details in this book. The story was really silly. And I like how the story started and ended.
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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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My Life in Pink and Green

reviewed by Manel, age 12

This book is about a typical 12-year-old girl named Lucy Desburg. Her family owns a spa & pharmacy. She mastered every make-over crisis in town. Things aren't good for long. Her sister and BFF rather hang-out with other people, and then Lucy's not allowed to help in the spa, when she helped make the spa. What can she do? It's time for a Lucy Desburg make-over; but this time it's a life make-over. I like this book because it shows realistic problems that a 12-year-old might face. This book teaches you how to solve problems and has sensibility and humor wrapped in one book.
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Lego Elves: Quest for the Keys

reviewed by Angelina, age 10

This book is about Emily Jones, a normal girl in a normal world... or so she thought. After Emily goes into a secret portal she gets stuck in Elvendale and meets some friends! I like this book because it tells you how friendships work and to work together. In the story, the 4 elemental keys go in the key hole, but without Emily's pendant, they would have never gotten Emily home.
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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!