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Kidzone Blog

World Origami Days

Origami doesn't have a day devoted to its awesomeness.  It doesn't have a week, either.  World Origami Days (notice the plural, people) runs October 24-November 11, 2014.  Fill the next two weeks with paper-folding fun!

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Map Skills

According to my work calendar, today is United Nations Day.  That made me think about all the countries that make up the UN.  And how I have absolutely no idea where most of those countries are on the map.  Which is totally embarrassing.  Luckily, the Kid Zone has oh-so-many atlases and other cool books to help me work on my map skills.  If you need help too, take a look at these.

Atlas of South America by Karen Foster (in a series)
Explore Earth's Seven Continents by Bobbie Kalman
Follow That Map!: A First Look at Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie
Looking at Maps and Globes by Rebecca Olien
Map Scales by Mary Dodson Wade (in a series)
Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings
Maps and Mapping by Deborah Chancellor
Map My Neighborhood by Jennifer Boothroyd (in a series)
National Geographic Kids World Atlas (fourth edition)
Political Maps by Ian F. Mahaney (in a series)
Reading Maps by Rolf Sandvold
Types of Maps by Kevin Cunningham
Where on Earth? by Rob Houston
Where We Live by Susan Hoe
World Atlas by Nick Crane & David Dean

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TJI: Literary Lego Man

It's October, so everyone has costumes on the brain.  Especially our This Just In book clubbers!  That's why, for this month's commericials, we each created a Literary Lego Man.  We took blank Lego minifigure templates and added costumes to represent the main characters in our books.  Make sure you take a look at the pictures . . . and these books.

P. L. Travers first introduced Mary Poppins, the world's most beloved no-nonsense magical nanny, in 1934.  Since then, she has appeared in multiple books, inspired both a movie and stage musical, and influenced many a library Halloween costume.  Especially for Miss Traci.  The 80th Anniversary Collection will be published tomorrow, October 21, 2014.  It features the first four tales, a forward by Gregory Maguire, and an essay by the author.  But you can find Mary Poppins today in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.


The must-see-on-the-big-screen movie this Halloween is The Book of Life. The story of Manolo, a young man torn between following the expectations of his family and following his heart, is presented in a stunning and utterly unique style of animation.  His adventure is steeped in Mexican culture and takes him to three fantastical worlds.  One of those worlds corresponds to Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  Find out more about the holiday with these books, available in the Kid Zone.

Beto and the Bone Dance by Gina Freschet
Clatter Bash! by Richard Cleminson Keep
Cultural Traditions in Mexico by Lynn Peppas
Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston
Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery
Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Death by Amanda Doering
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Bob Barner
Day of the Dead = Día de los Muertos by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (bilingual)
The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead by Nancy Luenn (bilingual)
Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Days of the Dead by George Ancona
The Spirit of T
ío Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story by Janice Levy (bilingual)
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman