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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

This will be our final Reading Snapshot post.  This blog series did what I hoped it would do -- help our staff increase their reading.  Now, we're focusing on broadening our reading horizons with a new initiative called Reading Wildly.  You can follow our progress on Pinterest.
Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (#3)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (#9)
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Gabriel Finley & the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This month focuses on world travel -- the good, the bad, and the funny.  Now let's meet December's Perfect Pair.  

  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look (2014)
    Alvin, an Asian American second grader who’s afraid of everything, is taking his fears to a whole new level—or should we say, continent. On a Winter Break trip to introduce brand-new baby Ho to relatives in China, Alvin’s anxiety is at fever pitch. First there’s the harrowing 16-hour plane ride; then there’s a whole slew of cultural differences to contend with: eating lunch food for breakfast, kung fu lessons, and acupuncture treatment (yikes!). Not to mention the crowds that make it easy for a small boy to get lost.
  • Not-for-Parents China: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Scott Forbes (2012)
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    In this book you'll hear fascinating tales about ancient empires, martial arts, the discovery of gunpowder and the first cup of tea. Check out cool stories about ice sculptures, dust storms, bloodthirsty warriors and dragons. You'll find acrobats, fighting crickets, futuristic buildings and some seriously weird snacks.

One of my favorite books of 2013 was Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill.  It's reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie series but with a more rough-and-tumble feel.  The story is set in a 1920s Alaskan gold mining community after all.  And the less-traditional family unit (two dads with an adopted daughter) and the community's multicultural mix resonates strongly with the modern reader.  The sequel, Bo at Iditarod Creek, comes out today.  Change is coming.  The family is moving upriver . . . and possibly growing.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

I love going to the movies.  And, during the holiday season, I seem to go to a lot of them.  Last year, I saw a little movie you may have heard of -- Frozen.  And during the opening song, my sister and I turned to each other and said, "This is going to be good."  During the second song (what I call the Ice Lumberjack Song), we turned to each other and said, "We need to go buy the soundtrack."  Most movies feature fantastic music.  And we have quite a collection of soundtracks in the Kid Zone.  Here's just a few of the titles available.

As long as I have worked here at Hoover Public Library, The Guinness Book of World Records has been super-popular with young readers.  It's filled with mind-blowing facts and fascinating trivia.  And it's all true!  If you're one of the kids that are obsessed with record holders AND like an entertaining fictional story, you will definitely want to grab these two books by Matthew Ward.

  1. The Fantastic Family Whipple
    Most Crème Brulée Eaten in One Minute.  Highest Number of Matching Outfits Worn by a Stuffed Toy and Its Owner.  Youngest Person to Summit the Third-Highest Mountain in the World.  These are just three of the 49,521 records won by Arthur’s twelve brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, unlike his siblings, Arthur hasn’t broken a single, solitary world record! But when the Whipples suffer a spate of catastrophes and a curious amount of attention from a pair of irregularly sized and unusually menacing clowns, Arthur might be the only one who can save his family from losing their collective crown . . . or worse.
  2. War of the World Records
    The rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near. When sinister clowns Overkill and Undercut cause a regulation game of hide-and-seek to go horrifically wrong, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally, Ruby Goldwin, set out to catch the clowns’ mysterious boss, known only as “the Treasurer.” The young detectives follow the clues through darkened alleyways, dingy nightclubs, and the gothic halls of the World Record Archives, where they unravel the mystery of the Lyon’s Curse and the secrets of their fathers’ shared past. In the end, Arthur must fight to save his family as he struggles to earn his first world record and prove himself worthy of the Whipple name.