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.
February 27 is International Polar Bear Day! I've blogged about this annual global event a few times before, but the message bears repeating. Polar bears are facing challenges in a warming Arctic, and we can help! We can educate ourselves, then we can spread the word. I always think a book is a good way to start a conversation.
A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett & Shawn Harris (10/13/2020)
Follow a magnificent polar bear through a fantastic world of snow and shockingly blue sea. Over the ice, through the water, past Arctic animals and even a human . . . where is he going? What does he want? Acclaimed author Mac Barnett’s narration deftly balances suspense and emotion, as well as poignant, subtle themes, compelling us to follow the bear with each page turn. Artist Shawn Harris’s striking torn-paper illustrations layer white-on-white hues, with bolts of blue and an interplay of shadow and light, for a gorgeous view of a stark yet beautiful landscape. Simple and thought-provoking, illuminating and intriguing, this engaging picture book will have readers pondering the answer to its final question long after the polar bear has continued on his way. Watch the author and illustrator talk about the book. Watch the illustrator make a camouflage collage.
Learn more about polar bears on the San Diego Zoo website for kids. You can even watch their polar bears in their tundra habitat complex (the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge) on a live cam! The website for adults has additional information if you want a deeper dive.
If you're looking for quality books for Black History Month, I suggest you look for an author named Lesa Cline-Ransome. She pens picture books, biographies, and everything in between. And she's good. Really good. She also has lots of resources to help you really explore her books. Click on her bolded name earlier in the blog to access her official website and find lesson plans, reading group guides, and videos. Find a book club video and guide for her newest title on the She Persisted website.
The publishing industry has become much more inclusive during my tenure at Hoover Public Library, but it still has a long way to go. For example, there have been so many amazing titles written by and featuring Black characters. BUT almost all of them are either historical fiction or realistic fiction. And the world needs more literary variety! Fantasy has been a very popular genre with young readers forever, so why aren't there more fantastical adventures starring Black protagonists?! I just don't know. But I do know how to find what is currently available.
Welcome to the eighth week of storytime! This week's theme is Really Cool Reptiles. Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations. Supplies for this week's Paper Chain Alligator craft will be available for pickup in the Kid Zone beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. 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.