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.

Minton Goes! Underwater & Home at Last

reviewed by Derek, age 8

This book is about Minton making both a submarine then a hot air balloon, using them to get home. I like this book because it is an adventure book and it shows you how to make a submarine and hot air balloon in the book.
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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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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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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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Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists

reviewed by Chloe, age 9

This book gives fun ideas for drawing exercises. I like this book. We had so much fun making machines out of ordinary objects and drawing things without lifting the pen. I also think it could inspire people. It gave me the idea to make signs.
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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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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about a kid named Greg Heffley, whose mother has come up with an idea for the whole town to go electronics free for one day. She needs 100 signatures in order to bring it to town hall. And, believe it or not, she got them. I like this book because Greg and Rowely, his best friend, had this idea to put up a lemonade stand to get some extra cash. A few people actually stopped, but only to criticize everything that they were doing wrong. One lady claimed to mix in the sugar better, another said that is was to sweet. But it was nice to see the two besties to work together.
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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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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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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!