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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 City of Birmingham is commemorating 50 years of civil rights progress since the tumultuous year of 1963.  And this blogger wants to add her voice, but I simply cannot write anything better than this blurb from

The popular I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis uses well-written, action-packed stories to get kids interested in historical events.  The latest, I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, came out this week.  Here's a full list of titles available.
I Survived The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
I Survived The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005

When I was growing up, nothing was more exciting than getting my hands on the Sears Wish Book. It was chock full of all the latest and greatest toys. My sister and I would pore over the book, then write our letters to Santa. To this day, I feel the need to swing through the toy aisles during the holiday season, just to see what might crop up on my storytime kids' wish lists. I assume that a lot of you have toys on the brain. So, here's a blog post just for you -- books and movies featuring toys.The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (J CAR)
Babes in Toyland (J BAB DVD)