Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
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Blood Mountain
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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.

Frankie Pickle: The Mathematical Menace

reviewed by Adrienne, age 9

This book is about a boy named Frankie who is having trouble with his math quiz. He has to study for his math quiz, which leads him to many places in his imagination. I like this book because it is full of cool adventures. It is also very cool how when Frankie is in actual life, it is like a normal chapter book; when it's the adventure parts, the book becomes a comic.
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Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell

reviewed by Nathasya, age 6

This book is about Twilight becoming a princess. I like this book because it also has friendship.
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Bats at the Library

reviewed by Aiden, age 6

Bats found a library. They went into the library from open windows. I like this book because the bats went to the library. It's interesting.
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Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

reviewed by Gursher, age 13

Zeus's master bolt has been stolen and he is blaming the child of Poseidon. Then the quest begins. I like this book because it's interesting. You will like the book if you like Greek gods and if you like fantasy. This book contains references to Greek mythology.
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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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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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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths

reviewed by Effy, age 9

This book is about Nancy Drew and her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, who are going to Deirdre's sleepover. The sleepover has a big city girls theme but they find out that Hollywood Heather goes missing. Nancy Drew and her friends have to find her! I like this book because I like sleepovers and mysteries and dolls. Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are one of my favourite series of books ever. And the best part is you get to solve a mystery before the Clue Crew solves them!
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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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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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Blizzard of the Blue Moon

reviewed by Simone, age 8

Two kids are on a freezing mission, followed by two evil teenagers, who are following Jack and Annie the two kids. Their mission is to free the unicorn, but the teenagers want to capture him. I like this book because it is magic and frightening, not like the other Magic Tree books that are just a mission. This one tells about a fighting war between the people, and I like magical war stories.
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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!