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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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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
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Deborah Wiles has been keeping us in suspense for a LONG time.  Her Sixties Trilogy opened in 2010 with Countdown.  The sequel, Revolution, came out in 2014.  And now, FINALLY, we have the conclusion.

Anthem (October 1, 2019)
It’s 1969.

Molly is a girl who’s not sure she can feel anything anymore, because life sometimes hurts way too much. Her brother Barry ran away after having a fight with their father over the war in Vietnam. Now Barry’s been drafted into that warand Molly’s mother tells her she has to travel across the country in an old schoolbus to find Barry and bring him home.

Norman is Molly’s slightly older cousin, who drives the old schoolbus. He’s a drummer who wants to find his own music out in the worldbecause then he might not be the “normal Norman” that he fears he’s become. He’s not sure about this trip across the country… but his own mother makes it clear he doesn’t have a choice.

Molly and Norman get on the busand end up seeing a lot more of America that they’d ever imagined. From protests and parades to roaring races and rock n’ roll, the cousins make their way to Barry in San Francisco, not really knowing what they’ll find when they get there.

As she did in her other epic novels, two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles takes the pulse of an era… and finds the multitude of heartbeats that lie beneath it.

Our next Homeschool Hub features feathered friends from the Alabama Wildlife Center!  Join us for Raptor 101 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 2 p.m.  This introduction teaches students how to recognize birds of prey based on the adaptations that all raptors share.   Review the basics of their biology, learn about behavior and training, and discover other interesting facts about these amazing animals.  You'll also get to meet three or four glove-trained raptors up close and personal!  You won't want to miss this one!  Register online or by phone (444-7833) beginning 10/02.

Big and Little: A Story of Opposites by Cheryl Pilgrim
Dog vs. Ultra Dog by Troy Wilson
Dogs and Their People by Anne Lambelet
Hats Are NOT for Cats! by Jacqueline K. Rayner
I Am a Wolf by Kelly Lee Miller
Let's Have a Dog Party! by Mikela Prevost
The Peculiar Pig by Joy Steuerwald
Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay
Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman
Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley

Are you thinking you've surely misread the title of this blog?  That there's no way in the world you or any other parents would ever discourage their kid from reading?  I'm afraid it happens, often without you even knowing it!  Have you ever accidentally done one of these things to discourage YOUR child?

Hip-hip-hooray!  It's Math Storytelling Day!  This unusual holiday is observed annually on September 25. This is a day to appreciate all the ways math enhances our daily lives.  It's a great opportunity to get children excited about math through stories that include logic, patterns, puzzles, and numbers.  Here are some of my favorite new books that pair perfectly with this celebration.