Let's Read

Let's Read

Summer Reading Finale 2017

Kids Place Staff Picks

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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.

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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Extreme Babymouse

reviewed by Adrielle, age 9

This book is about Babymouse going snowboarding. She dreams about snowboarding at school and her friend invites the whole class. Her mom says no but Babymouse convinces her mom. The next day she went snowboarding. When she arrived she didn't know how to but she learned then had a lot of fun.
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Andrew Zimmern's Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild and Wonderful Foods

reviewed by Shiraz, age 11

This book is about foods from around the world that most western people think are weird. But to other people around the world, they are perfectly normal. Many other topics are also mixed in with the main subject, including history, coffee variants and animal facts. I like this book because it talks about a less known and obscure topic, but explains it in a way that everybody loves. I also like this book because, starting from one interesting topic it branches to many others, talking about important subjects like culture and religion that we all need to learn. I also think other readers, just like me, would enjoy Andrew Zimmern's sense of humour. Overall, I give this book 4 stars because I wished that it was longer.
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Blossom the Flower Girl Fairy

reviewed by Leilah, age 7

This book is about a fairy and two girls. The girls help the fairy find her magic objects. I like this book because a goblin made himself look like a water fountain and wants to be an author. There is also a fairy ball and lots of ice cream.
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The Notebook of Doom: Charge of the Lightning Bugs

reviewed by Joey, age 9

This book is about a group of kids who are part of a monster fighting team called "Super Secret Monster Patrol" or SSMP for short. The kids names are Alexander, Rip, and Nikki! I like this book because it's full of adventures and surprises!
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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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Milo-sticky notes and brain freeze

reviewed by Samantha, age 8

Milo likes a girl named summer goodman. Milo also finds reasons for frustrations at every turn. I like this book because Milo is funny and his friends and also other characters are funny too.
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Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur

reviewed by Austin, age 9

This book is about a boy named Billy Sure. He invented something called the All Ball. After he invented it, he goes on national TV. He then tries to invent something called the Sibling Silencer but he is under deadline. Will Billy build it in time or will disaster strike? I like this book because I like how the author includes lots of descriptions. I also like how the author takes us into Billy's head and into his thoughts. The thing I love best about this book is when Billy tries the Sibling Silencer on his sister and it fails, making his sister speak in funny animal noises. The last thing I love is when the author wants to express a word he makes it 3-D.
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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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reviewed by Simone, age 7

This book is about a giant who captured a little girl named Sophie. The giant's name was the BFG. It means Big Friendly Giant. The BFG told Sophie lots of things about himself. At last they mix a dream of the Queen of London, have a royal breakfast and capture the giant. This book is good because it has lots of detail inside. It talks about how to capture a human or how you could mix a dream. It talks about plans of how to capture the nine bone crunching giants. At last they make a dream to tell the Queen of London about the nine giants going to London in the middle of the witching hour, eating little boys and girls for their supper. It is my favourite part. It is really amazing and great. When you read it you will like it really badly.
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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!