Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

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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.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

reviewed by Keilah, age 11

This book is about a bookmender named Sophie Quire who is instructed to protect the Book of Who. The Book tells Sophie that she is the last storyguard and the protector of the 4 questions (who, what, where, when). Whoever has all the Books will have absolute power. With the help of Peter Nimble and his companion Sir Tode, they set off to find the other Books. By finding these Books she also discovers her mother, Coriander Quire's, killer. I like this book because it is full of mystery and adventure. It teaches us to have courage especially when our friends need us. For example, Peter saved Sir Tode's life by revealing his fantastic eyes beneath the blindfold at the risk of having them removed. Sophie's bravery saved the world from destruction. This book is definitely interesting and worth your time.
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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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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

reviewed by Diljaan, age 10

This book is about Greg Heffley, a boy who is in middle school. Greg's best friend is Rowley. The two are sharing a school full with people who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. I like this book because it is very entertaining. Greg has to face his old pal Karan Gupta. He is currently playing a joke on Karan by saying he is still in India and acting like he is invisible. Another thing I like about this book is the "cheese touch". In Greg's school everyone is scared of it!
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Haunted Canada 5

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about true terrifying stories from across Canada. Some are about the Crisis Appartion in Nova Scotia, another titled "sentenced to hang" in Victoria, British Columbia. All of these supernatural tales definitely keep me up at night. I like this book because some of these tales talk about very old Canadian history. And when I say old I'm talking Residential school old. And I find that Canadian history can be quite fascinating, and this book puts the cherry on top by adding a slightly spooky touch.
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reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about a boy named Michael who finds an angel creature named Skellig who lives paralyzed. Michael meets a new friend at his new school whose name is Mina. Together they discover the secrets of Skellig, and at the same time, their lives change forever because they would like to help more people than before. I really enjoyed reading it's ending because it is really peaceful. I feel peaceful because Skellig flew off into the dark blue sky after the special meeting about the truth of his life is over. Before he left, he told the kids to remember about this special meeting even when he is not with them.
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Hurry Up Houdini!

reviewed by Aaron, age 10

This book is about two kids, Jack and Annie. They own a magic tree house that could go anywhere. This time, they travel to Coney Island to watch a show of the great Houdini, the master magician of escape! Instead of watching the show, Jack and Annie are asked to perform magic. They perform hat tricks and card tricks. Houdini performs tricks with cuffs and ropes. Once the show was over, Houdini seemed to have disappeared. That's why they call Houdini "the master of escape". I like this book because it shows a lot of imagination by Jack and Annie's ideas. They performed their magic by inhaling a magic mist. That wouldn't exist in real life, however, it still explained a lot about it.
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reviewed by Brielle, age 7

This book is about what lions are like, how they catch their prey and what's the difference between a male and female lion. I like this book because it got me very interested. The reason why I got interested was because it explained so many things. Also as I was reading I was like "Ohh I wonder what happens next" , I guess this is the end!
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Bad Hair Day

reviewed by Alia, age 7

Abby and Jonah have a magic mirror in their basement. One night Abby and Jonah sneak down to the basement and knock on the mirror three times. A purple swirl appears and sucks them inside and takes them to a fairy tale. I like this book because the magic mirror is magical, and takes people to fairy tales, and I like fairy tales because they make me think about being in a magical land and meeting new superheroes, princesses, talking glasses, monsters and penguins.
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

reviewed by Kylie, age 9

Harry Potter found out about a chamber of secrets and did lots of researching about it & what deadly animals lives in it. I like this book because J.K. Rowling put a lot of details in it and once I start reading it I can't stop!
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True or False?

reviewed by Sherry, age 12

Do you think tomatoes are fruits? Does a black hole suck up everything near it? Can eating dark chocolate protect against diseases? There are so many big questions out there, but many of the most outrageous answers to them are revealed in this book, full of realistic photos, fun facts sidebars, and even unanswered questions for readers to solve. After reading this book I knew so much more than before. You can learn so much about the human body, nature, science, technology, space, Earth, history, and cultures. It's a great way to learn stuff while taking a break from screens. That's why I highly recommend this book to you. And by the way, a screen saver does not reduce electricity supply.
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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!