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You're never too little to learn!  This four-week blog series is dedicated to all the toddlers and preschoolers who are eager for knowledge.  We'll start with an entire rainbow of books about COLORS.
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater
A Beasty Story by Bill Martin, Jr.
Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Brown: Seeing Brown All Around Us by Michael Dahl (part of series, book for each color)
Carlo Likes Colors by Jessica Spanyol
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Color Dance by Ann Jonas
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry
Growing Colors by Bruce McMillan
Hello, Yellow! by Christianne C. Jones (part of series, one book for each color)
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Kid Tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli
Mary Wore Her Red Dress, and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek

If you "dig" the work of Virginia Lee Burton, you'll definitely want to read this new picture book biography.

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by John Rocco (September 5, 2017)
Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House. 

★ "The beautiful symbiosis of text and art works on several levels—as a biography, a study of the artist's creative process, and a demonstration of the themes of change and survival evident in Burton's picture books. Alive, bursting with color and action, this volume introduces Virginia Lee Burton to a new generation of big machine enthusiasts." —Kirkus, starred review

Find these three Burton titles under E  BUR -- Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine That Ran Away, Katy and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.  Find The Little House under E  BUR  CALDECOTT.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 is International Games Day @ Your Library.  This is a gaming movement celebrated around the world.  It is also a "thing" at Hoover Public Library!  On November 19th, we are open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Stop by anytime to play games with your family!  We will have traditional board games set up on tables throughout the Kid Zone.  We will also have life-size games set up in our Youth Programming Room at the end of the starred hallway.  You can play GIANT versions of Hungry Hungry Hippo, Connect 4, and Operation.

Our adult department is also hosting an International Games Day @ Your Library event on The Plaza.  You can play games, watch game demos, and win door prizes!


Because you know it's going to be hilarious.  And, though you've read every single other book Mo Willems has ever written, you know you won't be able to predict the direction the story will take.  Plus the newest Elephant & Piggie title is actually called Waiting Is Not Easy!  Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And wait. And wait some more.... Oh, the exquisite agony!

Find all of the Elephant & Piggie books in the Kid Zone.  The call number is E WIL.

The second Friday of every December is Official Lost and Found Day.  So, this year, it falls on December 8.  And there just happen to be three recent releases that are a perfect match.

Did You Take the B  from my _ook? by Beck & Matt Stanton
Did You Take the B from My _ook? is missing one very important letter due to one very powerful sneeze! Now, the _eetle wearing _lue _oots is _ouncing on the _ed instead of wearing blue boots and bouncing on the bed...and it just gets sillier from there!

Lost and Found, What's That Sound? by Jonathan & Victoria Ying
"Welcome to the Lost and Found, where we find items by their sound!"
It's a busy day at Rabbit's Lost and Found. Poor Squirrel has lost his drum, Elephant has lost her piano, and Bat has lost his entire band! Will Rabbit find their lost instruments before show-time?

Today, January 24, 2017 is National Compliment Day!  And I have the perfect book to help you celebrate and help you find complimentable beauty EVERYWHERE!

Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (2016)
McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff shatter the cultural definition of “beauty” by showing young girls of all races and abilities studying nature, dressing up as pirates, experimenting in chemistry, and more.Many folks are socially conditioned to immediately praise a little girl based on her looks or dress. It can be difficult to not squeal over ruffles or ringlet curls. Coupled with the endless fascination with princesses, sparkles, and jewels of many a young child, the world can distinctly narrow what “beautiful” means. With a text that sounds like it could have been directly lifted from a charm school handbook, McAnulty and Lew-Vriethoff upend the norm. Each phrase is paired with illustrations that show an alternative meaning. “Beautiful girls move gracefully” portrays girls playing football, soccer, baseball, and basketball (in wheelchairs). “Beautiful girls smell like flowers” is paired with young tots digging in dirt, planting a garden, and getting messy. “Beautiful girls smile sweetly” shows gleeful friends, one with uneven teeth and the other with braces, biting into juicy orange slices. Bright, bold illustrations certainly can’t show every single girl, but many will find themselves in these pages. Celebrated here for their particularity and their diversity, girls are given the space to find beauty in all kinds of ways. (from Kirkus Reviews)

Solve the problem, save the day with your favorite small screen heroes at Cartoon Heroes on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  Ryder will be on hand to prove that no job is too big, no pup is too small for Paw Patrol.  Make Rubble construction hats and Marshall fire helmets.  Doc McStuffins will take a break from her busy schedule to give your puppets a free health checkup.  (Yes, that means you will be making puppets at the party!)  SuperWhy will test your spelling power with a fun game.  Chris of the Wild Kratts will need your assistance with an animal rescue.  You do not have to register for this event.  It is free and open to all young heroes-in-the-making.

"Till the Pride Lands end, Lion Guard defend!"

We are looking for the bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight to help keep the Pride Lands safe.  That's why we're hosting Lion Guard Academy on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  Hone your bravery at Bunga the honey badger's Obstacle Course.  Out run the Hyenas at Fuli the cheetah's Race Way. Test your strength against Beshte the hippo's heavy lifting. Make a Roar of the Elders Megaphone and Bird eye binoculars.  When you complete your training you'll earn your Mark of the Guard symbol. Pride Land-inspired refreshments will also be served.

Find your favorite episodes of Lion Guard on DVD in the Kid Zone.  They are shelved under LIO.

"Two fuzzy friends go to an amusement park. They try to convince each other that there are much scarier things than the roller coaster. Hairy spiders! Aliens! Fried ants! They soon discover that sometimes being scared isn’t as “scary” as they thought. With expressive illustrations and simple text, this giggle-inducing tale about (not) being scared features the endearing characters from You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine."

I love it when official summaries do such a fantastic job of summarizing.  It makes my blogging job so simple!  Now that you know what the story is about, check it out!  The book is I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant.

Mem Fox and Mike Austin have collaborated on a new picture book!  Meet Nellie Belle, a loveable pup who has fun, fun, fun everywhere she goes.  On the beach, in the yard, even in the park in the dark—Nellie Belle always has fun.  But what’s the most fun of all?  Why snuggling in bed with her best friend Ted, of course! 

Find more Mem Fox under E  FOX.
Find more Mike Austin under E  AUS.


When you looked at your summer reading log, did you recognize the artistic style of Brian Pinkney?  He is an award-winning illustrator with two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors, and a Coretta Scott King Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife (and collaborator) Andrea Davis Pinkney and their two children. He is also the son of another amazing illustrator, Jerry Pinkney. Find Brian's books at Hoover Public Library and add them to you summer reading list!  Here's a small sampling of what you'll find.

Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the black experience.

Cendrillon : A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
J  398.2  CIN
A Creole variant of the familiar Cinderella tale set in the Caribbean and narrated by the godmother who helps Cendrillon find true love.

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.

Ella Fitzgerald : The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician in the voice of "Scat Cat Monroe."

Hush, Little Baby by J. Brian Pinkney
E  782.4215 PIN
An illustrated version of the traditional folk song in which a father promises the world to his restless baby daughter. 

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing, & Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn It Out! : Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood collected by Patricia C. McKissack
J  305.896  MCK
Find a partner for hand claps such as "Eenie, Meenie, Sassafreeny," or form a circle for games like "Little Sally Walker." Gather as a family to sing well-loved songs like "Amazing Grace" and "Oh, Freedom," or to read aloud the poetry of such African American luminaries as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. And snuggle down to enjoy classic stories retold by the author, including Aesop's fables and tales featuring Br'er Rabbit and Anansi the Spider.

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song by Andrea Davis Pinkney
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. 

Max Found Two Sticks by J. Brian Pinkney
Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans.

Did you love Bulldozer's Big Day?  Good news!  Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann have teamed up for another picture book about your favorite construction vehicles.  And what perfect timing!  Summer Reading 2017 is about to begin, and the theme this year is Build a Better World.

Bulldozer Helps Out (May 16, 2017)
The construction site bustled.
Cement Truck was stirring…stirring…stirring.
Digger Truck was scooping…scooping…scooping.
Crane Truck was lifting…lifting…lifting.
And Bulldozer was—watching…watching…watching.

Little Bulldozer wants to help, but all the bigger trucks say he is too small. So when Crane Truck says he can clear a bit of debris out of the way, Little Bulldozer is eager for the job. He can do it, yes he can. What he doesn’t expect is to find a family of newborn kittens living in the pile of debris! Can he take care of babies? Now that’s a tough job. A job that happens to be just the right size for Little Bulldozer.

Prepare for liftoff!  The Hoover Public Library is now circulating Playaway Launchpads.  Launchpad is taking pre-loaded to new heights.  It is the first secure, pre-loaded learning tablet created just for children . . . and just for libraries.  Each tablet is pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps -- at least ten per device -- and focuses on an age group and a theme.  Children can choose an avatar, and parents can access usage statistics.  We currently have 34 tablets.  They are shelved behind the preschool desk, above the storytime theme bags.  Tablets can be checked out for 1 week, but they can be renewed twice (as long as there are no holds on the item).  At this time, we are limiting check outs to 1 per card.  To check availability of the individual tablets, click on the blue title.

AGES 3-5

AGES 5-7

AGES 8-10