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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

In October, everyone seems to want books and DVDs with a hint of spine-tingling chills.  And we have plenty of them to go around.  But did you know that we also have some music CDs perfect for this spooky season?  Many of them can be found in our HOLIDAY section of the Kid Zone music collection.  Take a look!

The Hoover Public Library has a Beginning Reader section for kids who are just learning to read (or reading very well as long as there aren't chapters).  We also have a First Chapter section for when you make the reading jump to thicker books.  But that can be a VERY BIG jump.  Luckily, we have several series in Scholastic's Branches collection.  These books are meant to bridge the gap between leveled readers and traditional chapter books.  You can find them in the First Chapter section.  Just look for the purple stickers.

There are seven days in a week.  There are twelve months in a year.  That's 19 things you have to learn about THE CALENDAR.  Not an easy task when you're only a few years old!  These books will help.
Bow-Wow 12 Months Running by Mark Newgarden
Calendar by Myra Cohn Livingston
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak
Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman (in a series)
Coco All Year Round by Sloane Tanen
Come Out and Play, Little Mouse by Robert Kraus 
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones by Warren Hanson
January's Child: The Birthday Month Book by Andrea Alban Gosline
Jump Into January by Stella Blackstone
Kid Tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli

The first day of fall is fast approaching!  Make sure you're ready for September 23 (and December 21 and March 20 and June 21) with these books about THE SEASONS.
All Around the Seasons by Barney Salzberg
All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah Lee Rose
Are You Ready for Fall? by Sheila Anderson (in a series)
Autumn by Terri DeGezelle (in a series)
Awesome Autumn by Gruce Goldstone
Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk
Cozy Light, Cozy Night by Elisa Kleven
Fall Is for Friends by Suzy Spafford
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Footballs and Falling Leaves: A Fall Counting Book by Rebecca Fjelland Davis (in a series)
Four Seasons Make a Year by Anne Rockwell
A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery
Here Comes Spring and Summer and Fall and Winter by Mary Murphy
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by John J. Muth

We're entering our third year of Reading Snapshots!  If you're just joining us, Reading Snapshots is a monthly blog post featuring the books our Kid Zone/Teen Spot staff have been reading.  Take a look and find your new favorite book!

Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look (#6)
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald (#4)
Class B.U.R.P. by Jenny Meyerhoff (#2)
The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott (#1)
Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service, and Room Service by Jenny Lee (#2)
The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson & John Paterson
Good Crooks: Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato (#1)
The Great Cheese Conspiracy by Jean Van Leeuwen
A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean
The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay (#1)
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway