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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

Have you ever wondered who draws the pictures featured on your summer reading bag, bookmark, sticker, and calendar?  This year's Dig into Reading clipart was created by Scott Nash.  He is an accomplished artist with a distinctive, vibrant style and has illustrated more than 30 children's books.  See Nash's work on the shelves of Hoover Public Library.
Beach Day! /Camping Day!  / Rainy Day! / Snow Day! by Patricia Lakin
Betsy Red Hoodie / Betsy Who Cried Wolf by Gail Carson Levine
The Bugliest Bug / Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit by John Carter Cash
Catch That Baby! / Uh-Oh, Baby! by Nancy Coffelt
Cows Going Past by Bruce Balan

Whatever ones you want!  Funny picture books, time-traveling early chapter books, action-packed graphic novels, or post-apocalyptic teen dramas -- the Hoover Public Library has so many to choose from!  We have traditional books plus audiobooks (on CD, Playaway, and downloadable) and ebooks (downloadable or check out a Nook).  Actually, it can be a bit overwhelming.  That's why I've compiled some lists to help you narrow down your choices.  Here's a quick breakdown.

+ Online lists of books that are both excellent and tie-in to this year's Summer Reading theme: Picture Books for Preschool-Grade 2, Chapter Books for Grade 3-6, Teen Fiction for Grade 7-12

+ Genre bookmarks in the Kid Zone and Teen Spot

+ Goodreads

+ Blog series = Reading Snapshots (once a month), Dig Deep nonfiction series (once a week beginning May 20)

+ New-book sections of the Kid Zone (Think Pink) and Teen Spot (Code Red)

+ Ask a librarian for a recommendation

Have you ever seen a book that looks like this?  A short chapter book biography that starts with Who Was or Who Is with a cover featuring an illustration of the subject but with an exaggeratedly humongous noggin?  I call them big-headed bios, but not just for that reason.  When you finish reading one, YOU have a big head -- one full of newfound knowledge. 
Who Is Bill Gates?
Who Is J. K. Rowling?
Who Is Jane Goodall?

Summer vacation is fast approaching and so is summer reading.  Make sure your child embraces both.  Numerous studies indicate that students who don't read over the school break experience what is known as the "summer slide" -- a stagnation or regression in reading ability.  This is easily avoidable if you follow these helpful hints.