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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

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.

Max Brallier's Last Kids on Earth book series is now a Netflix Original series!  And the fifth title came out today!  It's good to be Max Brallier right about now.  Read on if you can't wait to find out what the future holds for Jack and his friends.  If you're new to the series, stop right here.  Spoilers ahead!

Yes.  Raina Telgemeier has a new book out this week.  Please use your inside voice as you scream in delight.

Guts (09/17/19)
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears.

Watch the book trailer!  Watch a two-part interview with Raina!

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 37 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

Check out the heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.

Stargazing  (September 10, 2019)
Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.  But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.  Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.  Make sure you read the interview with this graphic novel creator!

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