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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

Kirby Larson has written several wonderful historical novels for young people -- Hattie Big Sky (which received the Newbery Honor) and its sequel Hattie Ever After, The Friendship Doll, The Fences Between Us (in the Dear America series).  She also wrote Duke, which earned a spot on Hoover Public Library's 2013 Best of the Best list.  It tells the story of a boy named Hobie Hanson.  His father is flying B-24s in Europe during World War II, and Hobie wants to do what he can to help the war effort.  So he donates his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense.  When Hobie learns that Duke is being trained for combat, he gets scared and makes every attempt to get his dog back home safely.  

I'm happy to report that Kirby Larson's newest book, Dash, is another dog story set during World War II.  Matsi Kashino and her dog Dash are separated when Matsi's family is forced into an internment camp following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Life in the camp is crowded and hard, and she misses her dog terribly.  A friendly neighbor back home keeps Matsi updated on Dash, but will they ever be reunited?  And will life ever go back to normal?  I look forward to slipping into Matsi's world when I read her book.  Learning about the past helps you make good decisions in the present and leads to a better future.


M.T. Anderson is finally publishing the sixth and final Pals in Peril adventure!  This series is wildly entertaining and filled with tongue-in-cheek humor about children's book genres.  Plus, they have the best titles.  

  1. Whales on Stilts
  2. The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen
  3. Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware
  4. Agent Q, or The Smell of Danger!
  5. Zombie Mommy
  6. He Laughed with His Other Mouths

Here's a sneak peek at the plot for He Laughed with His Other Mouths:
Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, has built a matter transporter.  He can finally go into the deepest regions of space in search of his long-lost "father-like thing".

Muppets Most Wanted came out on DVD yesterday.  The Hoover Public Library has 11 copies of the DVD and 1 copy of the Blu-Ray, but all of them are checked out.  The movie title includes "most wanted" for a reason.  Click on the blue to add your name to the waiting list.

You can check out the soundtrack, too!  It is available on CD and via our downloadable music service Hoopla.

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.  It's a great time to get your eyes checked, but it's also the perfect time to learn more about eyes, sight, and optical illusions with these books!

I am really trying to push our Kid Zone music CD collection.  Because it is extensive . . . and awesome . . . and underutilized.  I already did a blog post about our science-themed CDs this summer.  This month I thought I'd continue the learning theme and highlight some of our educational CDs.  They are easy to find.  We have a section labeled EDUCATIONAL.  Use music to teach your children (or students) about the arts, grammar, history, and more!  Here are just a few examples of what's available here at Hoover Public Library.