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Be Glad Your Dad . . . Is Not an Octopus! by Matthew Logelin & Sara Jensen
In this silly what-if story, kids will roar with laughter at the misadventures of a monkey dad, an alligator dad, a whale dad, and even a unicorn dad! But nothing can replace the dads who love them more than anything in the whole wide world. Be sure to check out the fun facts about the animals in the story in the back of the book!
Bedtime Blast-off! by Luke Reynolds
For little boys who love construction vehicles, race cars, fire trucks and their daddies!  This is the perfect bedtime story to get them strapped in and ready to blast off to bedtime!
A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor
What is the bravest thing in the world? A brave bear, of course! And who is the best at helping a little bear feel brave? His dad.
Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke
In this adorable kid’s-eye view of what would happen if Dad went to school, a little boy imagines a place where all dads learn their amazing skills, like giving piggyback rides and making giant sandwiches for lunch.
Daddies Are Awesome by Meredith Costain
This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!
Gator Dad by Brian Lies
From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day.
My Dad at the Zoo by Coralie Saudo
This is a story of role reversal with an energetic father who gets up on Sunday mornings raring to go to the zoo. He wakes up his sleepy son and "does the galloping camel" all the way. Dad hates to wait in line, squirming, bouncing, and trying to cut the line. Once inside, the son has all he can do to keep up with his rambunctious dad.
Superhero Dad by Timothy Knapman
Dad might not have a superhero mask or wear his underwear outside his pants, but his super snores can be heard a thousand miles away, he tells super-funny jokes, and he can even make super-scary monsters go away at bedtime!
Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee
The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Avi
In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys — boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Each one shines a different light on the question "What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?"

Yes, the title of this book is also the title of a song by The Beatles.  

She Loves You: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood (June 26, 2018)
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members–the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.  Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing them in Boston during their final world tour–and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.

In her signature prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you–and the world at large–is changing too fast.

This week we're laying the groundwork for our future building projects . . . or our future appreciation of others' building projects . . . with Information Foundations: Architecture & Building.  This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie
J  721  CRO

Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other Hangouts by Tammy Enz
J  624.1  ENZ

Built to Last by David Macaulay
J  729  MAC

Look Inside a Pueblo by Jenny Moss
E  978.9  MOS

Monumental Verses by J. Patrick Lewis
J  811  LEW

Record-Breaking Building Feats by Jon Richards & Ed Simkins
J  720.2  RIC

Skyscrapers by Libby Romero

Take Shelter: At Home Around the World by Nikki Tate & Danielle Tate-Stratton
J  392.3  TAT

Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright? by Ellen Labrecque

Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna M. Lewis
JB  920  LEW

Rainbow Magic Fairies are NEVER dull.  And that's especially true for our Rainbow Magic Fairies event for 1st-3rd graders on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.!  Upon arrival, you'll take a quick quiz to determine what kind of fairy you are, anything from sports fairy to superstar fairy.  You'll design your own set of fairy wings, which you'll wear when you take a high-flying picture in our photo booth.  You'll also make edible fairy houses.  There will be some other activities, but keep your eyes peeled for Jack Frost and his goblins.  They are always trying to spoil the fun, and the party IS on the Ides of March.  Uh-oh.  There could definitely be some trouble.

Registration is now OPEN!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  Then follow the stars to find a little Rainbow Magic.  After the party, stop by the First Chapter Books and look under J  MEA.  That's where you'll find the books that served as our inspiration!

We love picture books about characters that break the mold.  There were so many good ones this year!  We narrowed it down to our top . . . 90.  I know, I know.  That is not very narrow.  (There is a printable list available here.)

1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina
ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera
Aberdeen by Stacey Previn
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Benji Davies
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann
Baby Wren and the Great Gift by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jen Corace
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Bedtime Blast-off! by Luke Reynolds, illustrated by Mike Yamada
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by David Roberts
A Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Anna Raff
Bloom! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small
Bring Me a Rock! by Daniel Miyares
Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Patrice Barton
Cat on the Bus by Aram Kim
Cat’s Colors by Airlie Anderson
Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Marino
The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
Dragon Was Terrible by Greg Pizzoli
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
Every Color by Erin Eitter Kono
A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
The Great AAA-Ooo! by Jonny Lambert
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube
Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Dan Santat
How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Scott Magoon
Ida, Always by Caron Levis, illustrated by Charles Santosa
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead
Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
King Baby by Kate Beaton

She blinded me with science.  He deafened me with science.  Yet I still feel the pull of science.  Take a closer look at LIGHT, SOUND & MAGNETISM.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Adventures in Sound with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Emily Sohn
  2. Attract and Repel: A Look at Magnets by Jennifer Boothroyd
  3. Bangs and Twangs: Science Fun with Sound by Vicki Cobb
  4. Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn M. Branley
  5. Easy Genius Science Projects with Light: Great Experiments and Ideas by Robert Gardner
  6. The Energy We See: A Look at Light by Jennifer Boothroyd
  7. Experiments with Sound and Hearing by Chris Woodford
  8. Feel the Noise!: Sound Energy by Anna Claybourne
  9. Glow-in-the-Dark Animals by Natalie Lunis
  10. Jazzy Science Projects with Sound and Music by Robert Gardner
  11. Light by Penelope Arlon
  12. Light by Mari Schuh
  13. Light: An Investigation by John Gorman
  14. Light and Sound by Mike Goldsmith
  15. Light and Sound: The Best Start in Science by Clint Twist
  16. Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows by Natalie M. Rosinsky
  17. Loud or Soft? High or Low?: A Look at Sound by Jennifer Boothroyd
  18. Magnet Power! by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone

The new book in this month's Perfect Pair is unusual.  It's a straight-to-paperback title . . . and it features a time-traveling rescue dog.  

  • Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (2015)
    Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.
  • Wagon Trains and Settlers by Ellen H. Todras (2011)
    J  979.5  WOO

    In th mid-1800s, the dream of Manifest Destiny and the hope of a better life inspired thousands of Americans to cast their sights westward.  Travel alongside these pioneers as they cross the vast plains, deserts, and mountains of North America. Explore the routes the settlers took, experience daily life in a wagon train, and discover the dangers that families faced on the trails.

Did you love The Watsons Go to Birmingham?  What about Bud, Not Buddy?  Well, guess what?  Christopher Paul Curtis has a new book out this week!  And it is receiving starred reviews all over the place!  Watch the author talk about his new book, then click on the title to place your hold.

The Journey of Little Charlie (January 30, 2018)
Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His dad just died, the share crops are dry, and Cap'n Buck, the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina, has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie, until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move, and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on.

Scooby-Doo, where are you?  Chef Scooby and his assistant Shaggy will be whipping up some of their favorite spooky treats in Scooby's Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  The trouble is . . .  they are terrible cooks and are always forgetting their ingredients. They need your help to uncover the secret ingredient for each recipe.  Hand craft your own monster doughnut, crunchy spider, and a Halloween pizza.  Plus, decorate a chef hat and make your own Scooby-Dooby-Doo puppet.  You do not have to RSVP to be part of this tasty program.  Simpy follow the stars to the Kidz Kitchen.

Scooby stars in a brand-new math mystery series!
Scooby-Doo! A Numbers Comparison Mystery: The Case of the Lunchroom Gobbler
E  512.7  WEA
Scooby-Doo! A Subtraction Mystery: The Case of the Disappearing Doughnuts
E  513.2  WEA
Scooby-Doo! An Addition Mystery: The Case of the Angry Adder
E  513.2  WEA
Scooby-Doo! An Even or Odd Mystery: The Case of The Oddzilla
E  513  WEA

We're kicking off a four-week blog series about everyone's favorite pets.  I don't have a four-legged friend of my own, but I regularly snuggle both my sister's and my parents' fur babies.  I'm dedicating this post, Purr-fect Picture Books, to the four cats in my extended family -- MJ, Pippin, Kitty Bob, and Catty Pearl.
All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
The Best Cat by Valerie Gorbachev
Brownie & Pearl Step Out by Cynthia Rylant
Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Cat Jumped In! by Tess Weaver
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? by Mo Willems
Cat Up a Tree by John & Ann Hassett
Cat's Colors by Jan Cabrera
Cookie's Week by Jennifer Ward
Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson
Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle
Hey, Duck! by Karen Bramsin
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

Lois Lowry's Number the Stars was published in 1989 and won the Newbery Medal in 1990.  For the last twenty-five years, the story of Annemarie and her best friend Ellen have tugged the heartstrings of endless young people.  The story is set in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1943.  Ten-year-old Annemarie becomes part of the Danish Jews rescue movement when her best friend moves in with her, pretending to be a member of her family.  And that is just the beginning.  The 25th anniversary edition of the book includes an introduction by the author, who traveled to Copenhagen to do research and conduct interviews before she wrote the story.  She also took the picture of the girl featured on the cover of the book.  If you'd like more information on the author, take a look at this webpage.  It also includes a discussion guide, writing prompts, a vocabulary guide, and an extension activity.  

No, I'm not talking about the beloved breakfast treat.  Though a slice of buttered goodness paired with scrambled eggs and bacon does sound delicious right about now.  Mmmmmm.  (Snap out of it, Katie Jane!  Focus on the real point of this blog!)  Right.  This blog.  This blog about the second title in James Ponti's T.O.A.S.T. series.

Vanished! by James Ponti (August 22, 2017)
A rash of pranks at an exclusive private school leads two young detectives all the way to the White House.Ponti positively shovels clues, secrets, coded messages, potential suspects, red herrings, distractions, and side mysteries, not to mention dazzling feats of deduction, into this second caper featuring white middle school sleuth Florian "Young Sherlock" Bates, his tough-minded and often equally acute BF Margaret, and their FBI supervisor, Marcus (both of the latter African-American). Posing as transfer students and enjoined to identify the culprit as circumspectly as possible, Florian and Margaret find their work cut out for them as not only does the school's headmaster have something to hide, but Lucy Mays, a white girl and the daughter of the president of the U.S., and also widely renowned Chinese musical prodigy Yin Yae are on the list of potential suspects. The stakes rise sky high when Yin vanishes partway through a performance at the Kennedy Center. Is it another prank? A kidnapping? Or is he defecting, with—a diplomatic disaster in the making—Lucy's help? As in Framed! (2016), fast brain- and footwork saves the day at the last moment, but watching Florian wow everyone, including Lucy's dad, with Holmes-style connecting of dots along the way is just as satisfying. A splendid whodunit: cerebral, exhilarating, low in violence, methodical in construction, and occasionally hilarious. (from Kirkus Reviews) 

Looking for the perfect sidekick for summer reading?  Do they need to be brave, daring, loyal, and full of surprises?  I know the perfect candidates.  The official Summer Reading 2015 recommended reading lists!  They won't let you down.  Choose the one that's right for you!

These lists can be accessed all summer long in the Downloads section on both the main Kid Zone and Teen Spot pages.  Many of the titles are also available as a book-on-CD, a downloadable audiobook, or an ebook.  Nonfiction titles will be featured in a weekly blog series that began May 18.  And don't forget to watch our Summer Reading 2015 book trailer!

Mary Poppins was one of my favorite childhood movies.  I loved the songs, especially the ones that involved dancing with animated penguins or leaping about on rooftops with chimney sweeps.  I didn't think anyone could ever fill the shoes of Julie Andrews, but I think that Emily Blunt actually did it!  Mary Poppins Returns blows into theaters this weekend, and it looks supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  It takes place years after the original story.  Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.  The star-studded cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda,  Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke.  Make this movie magic part of your holiday weekend.

Don't forget the books that inspired both movies!  Find all of the titles in the Mary Poppins series under J TRA in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.

If you're nuts about sport stats, this new series is for you!  There are four titles in Capstone's Pro Sports by the Numbers series, and each one is packed with charts, tables, timelines and other colorful infographics that give you an in-depth look at your favorite professional sport.  Find them in the nonfiction section of the Kid Zone.