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The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.

Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Story (Screen)Time: Thankful for Family & Food

Welcome to the final week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Thankul for Family & Food.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for THREE! crafts will be available for pickup in our Craft Cornucopia bags November 21-25.  (The library is closed November 26-27 for Thanksgiving.)  These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Off We Grow - Tuesday, November  24
Join Miss Lindsay, Mr Justin, and Miss Emma for fingerplays, a story about a picky eater, and three Thanksgiving crafts.
Featured book = Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)

Stories in Motion - Wednesday, November 25
Join Miss Anna Beth and Miss Grace for fruit and veggie storytime fun.
Featured book = PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (and Their Friends) by Eloise Greenfield ebook on Hoopla)

There is no Curious University this week.  The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving.

Freedom Soup by Tami Charles (audiobook & movie on Hoopla)
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard (ebook on Overdrive, audiobook & movie on Hoopla)
No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim (ebook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora (ebook on Overdrive & movie on Hoopla)

Don't forget to access the current issue of Stroller Coaster, our early childhood newsletter!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

Virtual Field Trips to the Forests of China & Borneo

Today's virtual field trips will take you deep into the wilds of Asia and Indonesia.  You'll see amazing landscapes and encounter interesting animals.  You'll learn a lot, but you'll definitely want to learn even more!  Keep exploring with the help of the provided book list.

Explore China's Great Forests
Join our expert scientist Yue Wang, a conservation planning officer for The Nature Conservancy, on a virtual field trip across the world to two stunning provinces in China—Sichuan and Yunnan—where we will explore majestic forests, towering mountains, and other iconic landscapes. While examining the role these vital natural areas play in the carbon cycle and climate change, as well as the benefits of reforestation, we will learn about the magnificent creatures who call these habitats home: giant pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and the elusive and odd-looking takin. 
Access the teacher guide.

Borneo: The Symphony of the Rainforest
Join science writer Justine Hausheer as we embark on a Virtual Field Trip to Borneo, the third largest island in the world. We’ll explore a compelling question: How can we use science and acoustic technology to care for the land and protect the plants and animals in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions? On this journey, we’ll learn how experts are using cutting-edge science to find out how healthy the rainforest is—and to discover where it needs some help! Scientists at The Nature Conservancy have developed ways to record and listen to the sounds of the forest to determine how many different animal species live there. 
Find the accompanying teacher guide on The Nature Conservancy website.

All About Indonesia: Stories, Songs and Crafts for Kids by Linda Hibbs (2013-ebook on Hoopla)
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh (2018)
China: A History by Cheryl Bardoe (2018-ebook on Hoopla)
Explore China: A Mulan Discovery Book by Charlotte Cheng (2020-ebook on Hoopla)
Forest Biomes by Louise & Richard Spilsbury (2018)
Indonesia by Gouri Mirpuri and Robert Cooper (2002)
Indonesia by Lisa Owings (2013-ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
Let's Explore China by Walt K. Moon (2017-ebook on Hoopla)
Orangutan by Suzi Eszterhas (2013)
Panda Rescue: All about Pandas and How to Save Them by Kitson Jazynka (2016)
Pandas: All the Latest Facts from the Field by Ruth Strother (2019)
Rainforest by Sean Callery (2011)
Tropical Rainforests by Seymour Simon (2010)
Unfolding Journeys: Following the Great Wall by Stewart Ross & Victor Ngai (2017)
Watch Me Grow: Ape by Lisa Magloff (2006)

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture

2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender!

No, I'm not talking about the Skittles® ad campaign that encourages you to Taste the Rainbow.  "Eat the Rainbow" and "Eat Your Colors" are phrases that support the importance of a balanced diet, which includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains.  As you're planning and shopping for your family Thanksgiving, see if you can include all of the colors.

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and I can't wait!  It is my favorite holiday because it celebrates two of my favorite things -- family and food.  And one of my favorite inclusive picture books of 2020 honors these things, too!