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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

The Great Lakes, also called the Great Lakes of North America, are a series of large interconnected freshwater lakes in the upper mid-east region of North America that connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River.  That is a LONG WAY from here.  And there are still state-to-state travel restrictions due to COVID.  But you can still find out what makes these lakes great with a series of virtual field trips presented by Great Lakes Now.  Learn more about the importance of coastal wetlands, the danger of algal blooms, and take a deep dive into Lake Sturgeon.  You might also want to take a peek at this TEDEd video and this How Stuff Works article.

A Wolf Called Wander was one of my favorite novels of 2019.  It was inspired by the true story of OR-7, a real wolf that naturalists tracked in the wild, and IT WAS RIVETING.  So I am beyond excited about the author's new book!  It is written in the same narrative style, through the animal voices.  The animal featured this time?  Orcas!

Welcome to the second week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Gotta Love Grandparents!  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk beginning Tuesday 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. 

This playlist includes Black kidcasters, storytellers, authors, poets, activisits, musicians, and leaders.  It was shared by School Library Journal.

Arnold Lobel's beloved amphibian besties are celebrating their 50th anniversary!  The first beginning reader title, Frog and Toad Are Friends, was published in 1970 and received a Caldecott Honor.  The second title, Frog and Toad Together, received a Newbery Honor two years later.  There are four books in all, each featuring five short stories, and they are a staple of most childhoods.  They certainly played an important role in mine!  If you'd like to celebrate this golden anniversary, check out one of the books from the Hoover Public Library.  You can also find good ideas on the official website from HarperCollins.