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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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Kidzone Blog

Welcome to the twelfth week of storytime!  This week's theme is The Name GameAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Name Sun 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. 

Kids who talk about math do better at it. A recent Education Week article noted, “Research suggests that when students talk more about their math thinking, they are more motivated to learn, and they learn more.”  In these nine podcasts, kids talk about math concepts -- hosts introduce great mathematicians, mathematicians talk about math, and there’s a fair dose of silly, playful math talk. There is A LOT to talk about when talking about math. [This playlist was shared by School Library Journal.]

The Nice Dream Truck by Beth Ferry & Brigette Barrager (03/23/21)
Sample your choice of sweet dreams—from astronaut to making-the-shot and more—all served by a truck that flies on moonbeams. You may choose to swim; you may want to fly, there’s an endless assortment of flavors to try!  This delightful twist on the lyrical bedtime romp reminds us that there are as many ways to dream as ice cream flavors to taste. 
Access the activity guide on the publisher's website.

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic.  The latest is a trip to the toilet you will never forget!

Now, I know what you're thinking.  That is a REALLY specific blog title, Miss Katie Jane.  How can you possibly do an entire post about that?  Well, I can, and I am!  I have recently read not one, but TWO really good books about the relationship between a Taiwanese grandmother and her granddaughter.  What a totally unexpected turn of events!  One is a graphic novel, and the other is a picture book.  So readers of all ages can enjoy one!  And do you know what else I discovered while I was getting ready for this blog?  There was another Taiwanese grandmother tale written by an award-winning author in 2012!  Don't worry, I will give you access to all three titles plus books about Taiwan.