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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.

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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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Happy Valentine's Day!  This is a day to celebrate the people you love.  But what about the other stuff we love?  I'm ga-ga for giraffes.  Miss Alyssa thinks pigs are perfect.  Mr Jeremy has long had an affinity with rhinos.  Do you have a creature you're crazy about?  Then you'll probably love this series of informational books by Owen Davey.

Happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln!  What better way to honor the occasion than to honor the creator of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.!

This new biography series from DK goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this the one biography series every teacher and librarian will want to collect. Four of the fourteen titles are a perfect match for Black History Month.

DK Life Stories
Harriet Tubman by Kitson Jazynka
Katherine Johnson by Ebony Joy Wilkins
Martin Luther King Jr. by Laurie Calkhoven
Nelson Mandela by Stephen Krensky

There's more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.

Watch the book trailer of this amazing picture book that was named a 2020 Nominee of the Amelia Bloomer List.

Sports fans will love this inclusive and inspiring look at how one girl’s determination enabled her to live out her dreams in a challenging period of American history.  This biography will help kids realize just how much talent was lost to racism — and encourage them to pursue their own dreams. 

Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Changed Figure Skating by Rose Viña (10/01/19)
In the 1930’s, only white figure skaters were allowed in public ice rinks and to compete for gold medals, but Mabel Fairbanks wouldn’t let that stop her. With skates two sizes too big and a heart full of dreams, Mabel beat the odds and broke down color barriers through sheer determination and athletic skill. After skating in ice shows across the nation and helping coach and develop the talents of several Olympic champions, Mabel became the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.