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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
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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

Today is the seventh and final episode in our summer storytime series.  Watch it on the HPL Kids Facebook page, then use this blog to have even more fun in the Imagination Playground.

I scream.  You scream.  We all scream for ICE CREAM!  This cold and creamy treat is a summer staple.  Explore all the ways you can include ice cream in July, which is National Ice Cream Month! 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Just summon up this word, and then you've got a lot to say.  But better use it carefully, or it can change your life.

It certainly changed my young life.  And I would bet that it had a profound impact on many young lives.  The winds blew Mary Poppins onto the big screen in 1964.  It was Julie Andrews's movie acting debut, and she captured viewers imaginations and hearts.  She won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance for being practically perfect in every way.  (The movie was nominated for a total of 13 Academy Awards -- a record for any film released by Walt Disney Studios -- and won five.)  The movie came out on VHS in 1980, the year I was born.  Truly a momentous year.

Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.  Pinkfong's version of Baby Shark took the world by storm.  Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.  It is so catchy!  Baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.   (Yes, some may use the word annoying instead.  To each his own.)  Baby shark.  Now the adorably colorful characters are the stars of two beginning reader books.  Maybe they'll swim onto your summer reading list!

I read Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary until my copy was completely falling apart.  (Mine looked like the middle picture at the top of this blog.)  My absolute favorite part was when Ramona theatrically cracks a hard-boiled egg on top of her head . . . except it wasn't hard-boiled.  Ramona Quimby, her family, and her neighborhood friends have delighted readers since the first title was published in 1955.  They also earned a couple of Newbery Honors and a National Book Award.  So, yeah, they are definitely classic -- old but awesome.  Add one (or all eight!) to your summer reading list!