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We continue to love picture books that celebrate characters with a unique view of our world.  As always, it was difficult to pick just a few favorites.  We decided a list of 86 titles was the shortest we could go.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
Are You a Monkey?: A Tale of Animal Charades by Marine Rivoal
The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Seed by Jory John
Barnyard Boogie! by Tim McCanna
Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
Big Hid by Roisin Swales
Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
Boat of Dreams by Rogério Coelho
Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever by Audrey Vernick & Liz Garton Scanlon
The Book of Gold by Bob Staake
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! by K.L. Going
Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney
Caring for Your Lion by Tammi Sauer
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros
Claymates by Dev Petty
Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner Dominy & Nate Evans
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko
Don’t Blink by Tom Booth
Double Take!: A New Look at Opposites by Susan Hood
Escargot by Dashka Slater
Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon
Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich
The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard
Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Gus's Garage by Leo Timmers
Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds
Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Villain-tines Day
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Share a little love with the villains from your favorite books and movies -- Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Cruella, Jafar, and Maleficent. Crafts and games for all ages.  No registration required.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Science 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Create Valentine slime and delicious treats. Ages 5-11.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers is one of the most perfect picture books I have ever read.  Kids and adults alike find the heartfelt letters from a box of crayons equal parts hilarious and wise.  That's why everyone who has read it is so excited about the sequel -- The Day the Crayons Came Home

"Watch out - the crayons are back and they're crosser than ever! One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who have been lost, forgotten, broken - even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants!"

In September, the Kid Zone will be hosting a party based on these books!  Stay tuned to the blog for more information!

Our final week of storytime is here.  Hope to see you at one of these!  And go ahead and get excited about our summer storytime series.  More info coming soon!

Together with Twos = Birthday Bash = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Story Lab = Messy Monday = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Mother Goose = Under the Sea = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Early Birds = Baby Favorites = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. (registration required)
Story Sprouts = Silly Stories = Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
ExploraStory = How Does Your Garden Grow? = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
PJ Storytime = Libraries Rock = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Movers & Shakers = Fun in the Sun = Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. (registration required)

Storytime Allstars is Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  Join Miss Katie Jane for Super Smelly Fun!

National Library Week is coming April 9-15, 2017.  This year's theme is Libraries Transform, and Hoover Public Library is doing something really cool to celebrate.  Thanks to our adult nonfiction department for coming up with such a great idea!

LIBRARY PEEPS SHOW: Peep Diorama Contest
Use Peeps candy to create a scene inspired by your favorite library experience.  Click here for a copy of the flyer, which includes all the rules and the entry form.  I will also have copies at my "Here a Chick, There a Chick" Story Lab on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.  We'll be using Peeps in that event as well.  Maybe it will inspire your diorama!  There are categories for adults, teens, kids, and families/groups.  The winners will be announced at a special National Library Week Reception in the Nonfiction Department on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

2015 brought us two excellent picture book versions of popular songs.  One is a classic hit, and the other is a modern hit.  They represent very different styles of music and illustration, but their appeal is universal.

What a Wonderful World! illustrated by Tim Hopgood
First recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, this song celebrates the wonders of nature, loving friends, and the promise of the future in a baby's cry.

Happy! by Pharrell Williams
This Grammy Award winner brings his beloved hit song to the youngest of readers with a imaginative blend of real children celebrating what it means to be happy.

Looking for more books to add to your Summer Reading log?  Why not read one of these recent award winners?  First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.  Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category.  The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano
A Different Pond by Bao Phi

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

We need EVERYONE to prove that Libraries Rock! by signing up for this year's summer reading program!  Our children's program is available for birth through rising sixth grade, and our teen program is for rising seventh through twelfth grade.  Registration began Saturday, May 19, 2018 and continues through July 13, 2018.  To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  You can sign up in the more traditional way and receive a paper reading log, OR you can register for our online program at   Every time you finish a book this summer, add the title and number of pages to your log. You'll earn a prize ticket at 200 pages, 500 pages, 1000 pages, and 1500 pages.  You also earn a prize ticket for every additional 1000 pages after your 1500-page goal.  You can keep reading and earning until you reach 10,000 pages.  The tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Booth, which opens Monday, June 4, 2018. Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes.  Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics.  Children also have a chance to win something big!  Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle!  Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a competition to see who reads the most or the fastest.  Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU!  The final day to redeem for prizes is August 3, 2018.  

NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR SUMMER READING!  Do you want your littlest one to participate in Summer Reading, but are less-than-eager to log all the pages?  We have an activity log option for our youngest summer readers!  If your child is younger than four, stop by the desk to find out more!

Don't forget to watch our official Carpool Karaoke summer reading commericial!  

Tad Hills has created some delightful feathered friends -- Duck, Goose, Blue Bird, and Thistle -- and made them the stars of a series of picture books and board books.  They're fun to read any time of year, but now seems an especially fitting season.  Spring is right around the corner, and Easter isn't far behind!  Want to do more than read?  Why not make finger puppets and act out their adventures?  Find the templates here.  




It's tough to be a parent.  Hoover Public Library has an excellent collection of books to help you navigate raising your child, but our parenting collection isn't the only thing we offer.  We are starting a new program series called Practical Parenting.  This series will provide useful information and strategies for dealing with everyday problems from early childhood through the teen years. You'll get practical answers to practical questions.  The speakers are local health care professionals and UAB doctoral students in clinical psychology.  Our first Practical Parenting session will be Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  The theme will be Don't Lose Sleep Over Bedtime.  Children commonly have trouble sleeping—-whether falling asleep or sleeping in their own beds. We’ll talk about ways parents can improve their children’s sleep.  There is no need to register to be part of this session.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

We all have that piece of clothing or that accessory that makes us feel invincible.  For me, it was my Wonder Woman underoos.  For my sister, it was her "bell" dress -- a dress with a swirly skirt that had a bell pinned to the inside.  What was it for YOU?  And what is it for the star of our feature story?

Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
Jameson really loves green pants, when he wears them he can do anything.  But when he is invited to be in his cousin's wedding, he is torn.  He really wants to be in the wedding, but he would have to wear a tuxedo, a black tuxedo.  So what will he do?  Will he brave the black pants and be in the wedding?  Or will he stick to his green pants?  It is a tough decision.  A really tough decision.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!

Watch the book trailer!

Download the Teacher Tip card from Candlewick Press.

Yes, you should definitely spend a lot of time outdoors.  And, yes, you should definitely bring some of the great outdoors into the great indoors!  What happens when you bring the outside in?  Art, math, science, and language play!

  • Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals (2016)
    Nothing takes the place of splashing in a puddle or jumping into a pile of autumn leaves. Along with the mud and sand that gets tracked indoors come memories that live forever!  Take a look at the official website to access activities, teacher resources, and lessons plans.
  • A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature by Asia Citro (2016)
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    Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!
  • Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season by Emma AdBåge (2016)
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    Adbåge has created twenty-two outdoor activities, organized by season. Through play, children will learn about numeracy and arithmetic, as well as math concepts such as shapes, time, greater/less than, even and odd numbers, patterns and grids. The activities have simple-to-follow instructions and are accompanied by adorable illustrations that provide clear visual demonstrations. The natural materials required —- stones, pinecones, snowballs, worms —- are easy to find in many environments. Studies have shown that learning outdoors helps kids retain information and skills, and that physically active children perform better in a variety of subjects —- including math.

1,2, learn something new.  3, 4, learn something more.  5, 6, add to the mix.  7, 8, books that are great.  9, 10, begin again!
These COUNTING books deserve more than one read.  Aim for ten . . . then begin again!  And you can count on a "123" sticker on the book spine to find even more number books when you roam the shelves.
12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
100 Animals on Parade! by Masayuki Sebe
123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates
How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti