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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

Steve Sheinkin, I love you.  And I'm not alone.  So I won't be selfish and try to keep you all to myself.  I will share you with the rest of our eager readers.

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (09/24/19)
Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.  These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers.

Watch the book trailer, which includes historical footage of the featured aviators.

Jump into autumn with Miss Emma at our next Full Steam Ahead.  You'll "Fall" into STEAM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. with these seasonal sensations:

Learn why leaves change color, then create leaf artwork.
Build catapults and launch mini pumpkins.
Build a structure using toothpicks and candy pumpkins.

This event is designed for kids who are 6-12 years old.  You have to reserve your spot, so go online or give us a call (444-7830) beginning 09/24/19.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  The official celebration is September 22-28, 2019, but we at Hoover Public Library want to honor it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Maybe it's better to view this BBW as a kick-off for Banned Books Year!  There are many ways you can take part.   Choosing a book you want to read is one way.  Choosing a book that some people don't want you to be able to choose is another way.  You can find the top 11 challenged books of 2018 (yes, this past year couldn't be narrowed down to 10) on ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom Website.  If you want more creative ways of participating, you can find suggestions by clicking on the first three words in this blog.  They link you to the official BBW website.  One way I honor BBW every year is to wear a different button every day.  Some of them are official BBW merchandise from past years.  They feature slogans.  This year's slogan is Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark.  Leave the Light On.  Others focus on the power of reading diversely.  I now have so many buttons I may have to double up (or triple up) over each of the seven days.  What a great problem to have!

This blog is excerpted from a guide received at a national library conference this past summer.   I'm a huge fan of wordless books (one of my degrees is in speech-language pathology), so I wanted to help spread the word.  But none of these words are actually mine.  They belong to Myra Zarnowski, a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, CUNY.  But the booklist at the end?  That's all me.

With wordless picture books, readers take an active part in bringing each story to life by combining the visual storytelling techniques and clues provided by the artist with their own words.  This format allows readers to find clues, make discoveries, fill in gaps in information, and revise ideas.  Share these activities with your young readers to help them discover the joys of inspiring, playful, and engaging wordless picture books.

You may think this is a blog about how to be ferocious.  In fact, it's the opposite. 

Ed Vere has created a delightful picture book called How to Be a Lion.  The star of the story is Leonard.  He enjoys taking long walks, feeling the warmth of the sun, and hanging out on his thinking hill. He daydreams and writes poems and loves spending time with his best friend Marianne, a duck.  A pack of roaring, growling lion bullies tell him there's only one way to be a lion.  Leonard contemplates their words and, with an infusion of strength and courage from his friend Marianne, finds a way to stand up to his bullies . . . in his own way.

This really is a must-read for everyone.  I also highly recommend taking a look at the Brightly article: How to Be a Lion Is a Lovely Lesson in Being True to Yourself by Jennifer Garry.

Watch the story read aloud online.  You can take a look at the PV Storytime version or the Milkshake! version.