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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

If you're looking for quality books for Black History Month, I suggest you look for an author named Lesa Cline-Ransome.  She pens picture books, biographies, and everything in between.  And she's good.  Really good.  She also has lots of resources to help you really explore her books.  Click on her bolded name earlier in the blog to access her official website and find lesson plans, reading group guides, and videos.  Find a book club video and guide for her newest title on the She Persisted website.

The publishing industry has become much more inclusive during my tenure at Hoover Public Library, but it still has a long way to go.  For example, there have been so many amazing titles written by and featuring Black characters.  BUT almost all of them are either historical fiction or realistic fiction.  And the world needs more literary variety!  Fantasy has been a very popular genre with young readers forever, so why aren't there more fantastical adventures starring Black protagonists?!  I just don't know.  But I do know how to find what is currently available.  

Welcome to the eighth week of storytime!  This week's theme is Really Cool ReptilesAccess the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's Paper Chain Alligator craft will be available for pickup in the Kid Zone beginning Monday morning at 9 a.m. These supplies are on a first come, first served basis.  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Brown is beautiful.  Say it loud, say it proud, then read these books!

Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez (2020 - ebook on Overdrive)
With his red hoodie on and his bicycle basket full of food, Federico is ready to visit Abuelo. But on the way, he meets a hungry wolf. And now his grandfather bears a striking resemblance to el lobo. Fortunately, Federico is quick and clever—and just happens to be carrying a spicy surprise! Federico drives the wolf away, and he and Abuelo celebrate with a special salsa. 
Read the review from Latinxs in Kid Lit.