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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.

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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
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The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
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Kidzone Blog

Today is the fourth episode in our summer storytime series.  Watch it on the HPL Kids Facebook page, then use this blog to have even more fun in the Imagination Playground!

Whenever I think back on my childhood summers, I always picture my dad.  He's sitting on steps (sometimes on our back porch in Alabama, sometimes on our stoop in Weierhof) eating watermelon and spitting out the seeds.  As a kid, I wasn't a big fan of watermelon (I'm a cantaloupe girl), but I loved watching my dad eat the summer treat.  I hope you'll use some of these ideas to make lasting memories in your own family!

I love the work of Jim Henson and his Creature Shop!  The puppets that populated Sesame Street and The Muppet Show felt like dear friends when I was a kid.  But the creations that had the most impact on my childhood imagination starred in Henson's two movie masterpieces -- Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

I went through a HUGE mythology obsession when I was in elementary school.  It all began with a book called Daughter of Earth: A Roman Myth by Gerald McDermott (1984).  Everyone knew I was a big time reader, so I often received books as gift.  I don't recall who gave me this particular story, but I vividly remember reading it while standing outside in the snow.

Little Red Riding Hood, a European fairy tale about a little girl and a big bad wolf, can be traced back to the 10th century.  The most famous version was put to paper by Charles Perrault, a French folklorist who worked to write down popular stories from the oral tradition in the 17th century.  The basic story continues to inspire writers and illustrators today.  Here are just a few of the ones you can find at Hoover Public Library.