Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story
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The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane
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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.

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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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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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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Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning

reviewed by Andrea, age 11

The Bauldelaire children were informed by a friend, Mr. Poe, that their parents have perished in a fire. Soon, they were off to live with a man named Count Olaf. Count Olaf was a terrible man after the fortune that the parents of the orphans left them. I love this book because it gives you a big urge to keep reading and reading till you read all night. This book has a mysterious suspense that makes it an excellent choice for parents and children to enjoy! So I rate this book an amazing quadrillion stars!
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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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Flat Stanley Goes Camping

reviewed by Jack, age 6

This book is about camping. I like this book because he goes camping. When he got lost he solved his problems.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning

reviewed by Diljaan, age 11

This book is about three orphans that have been adopted by a cruel man named Count Olaf. Count Olaf wanted to marry the oldest sibling who was only fourteen. The reason being was, her husband would have full control over her parents will, and they were a very wealthy family. I like this book because Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, who were the orphans, always find a way out of bad situations. Violet loves to invent, Klaus loves to read, and Sunny...well she loves to bite things with her super sharp teeth! Together, this trio kept their heads held up high, and stood up to Count Olaf and his outrageous ways. Even if it meant to be stroke in the face.
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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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Gum Luck

reviewed by Alia, age 6

Gum Girl is a super hero. She defeats the villain, Robo Chef. She saves the world. Gum Girl is Gabby Gomez. I like this book because Gabby Gomez becomes Gum Girl and saves the world. It is a super hero story.
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Nora the Arctic Fox Fairy

reviewed by Emily, age 8

This book is about rescuing baby animals. Rachel and Kirsty went to the Arctic to rescue a baby Arctic fox named Dazzle with the help of Nora the Arctic fox fairy. In the end, they did it! I like this book because it is about animals and I love animals. I like animals because they are cool, colourful and they are part of nature. And we should protect animals.
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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!