The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas

the-children-who-loved-books-coverIt goes without saying that this book grabbed my attention—just look at it! Peter Carnavas’ latest is an adorable little tale of two children who, as suggested by the title, love books. Their tiny house is full of them. Their family doesn’t have much, but with so many stacks of stories, it doesn’t seem to matter!

But one day the house can hold no more. Sadly, the little family decides they must get rid of their books. When all the piles are cleared, their house is emptier and lonelier than they could have imagined.

Later, though, a book falls out of young Lucy’s backpack. The family gathers around to read together, and once again they are smitten with the power of stories. They run out to their local bookstore (indie bookseller thumbs up!) and restock. Soon their home is full of joy and love and piles and piles of beautiful books! Hooray (for books)!

Read on, readers!

Miss Megan

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter CarnavasKane/Miller; 11.99; Ages 2-6

Megan K’s Favorites of 2011

Megan had a huge list of favorites for the year, proving that 2011 was a GREAT year for publishing! After some crafty picking and choosing, she was able to pick just a few of her favorite books to share with you:

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver; $16.99; HarperCollins; ages 8+





Everything Goes On Land by Brian Biggs; $14.99; HarperCollins; ages 3+

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer; $16.99; Penguin Group; age 10+

You Are My Work of Art by Sue DiCicco; $11.95; Running Press Books; ages 2+

Red Sled by Lita Judge; $16.99; Simon & Schuster; ages 3+

One Blue Fish: A Colorful Counting Book

Rebecca’s Pick: One Blue Fish: A Colorful Counting Book by Charles Reasoner

Looking for a fantastic counting book? One Blue Fish is for you.  Charles Reasoner’s colorful lift-the-flap book explores the numbers 1 to 10 and all different kinds of animals. His large, bold text contrasts wonderfully against the bright pages. Count the green frogs, orange ladybugs and red dragonflies in this one-of-a-kind book! This is a perfect summer book for your little one!

One Blue Fish: A Colorful Counting Book, by Charles Reasoner, Simon & Schuster Publishing, $9.99, Ages 2-4.

The Princess and Her Panther by Wendy Orr

The Princess and Her Panther, by Wendy Orr, illus. by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books, Ages 2-6

Two sisters embark on an adventure of make-believe! The elder becomes a princess and the younger a trusty panther. They travel across the scorching desert sands, along a vast blue lake, and into ancient and silent woods. As night falls, the two pitch their tent–and just in time! Outside they hear the fearful sounds of terrifying leaf snakes and frog monsters. With each new sound, readers hear a familiar refrain: “the princess was brave, and the panther tried to be.” Eventually, though, both sisters are brave enough to vanquish the nighttime monsters and drift off to sleep, safe and sound in their own familiar backyard.

Wendy Orr’s tale is simple and lyrical, with a sweetly gentle quality that makes this a perfect bedtime read. Lauren Stringer’s richly saturated and light-infused illustrations cleverly blend the reality of the sisters’ simple backyard with the lush landscape of their imaginations. This is a fantastic read both for those of us who are brave and those of us who try to be!

Create your own world of make believe today! Hooray for books!

–Miss Megan

The Princess and Her Panther, by Wendy Orr, illus. by Lauren Stringer, Beach Lane Books, Ages 2-6

Need more stories to share at bedtime? Give us a call or stop by! Hooray for Books Children’s Bookstore: 1555 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 548-4092.

Megan’s Pick of the Day 8/7/09

Stretch, by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Scott Menchin, Ages 2-6

9781416953418Get ready to exercise those muscles! Join our doggy friend as he leads us in a stretching adventure–to the ceiling, to the floor, with a whisper, and with a roar! Children can explore from the depths of the oceans to the heights of the sky as they get limber with this fast-paced picture book!

Doreen Cronin (author of the previous Bounce and Wiggle) provides text that is unfailingly energetic and joyful, encouraging young readers to join in on the adventure. Cronin’s enthusiastic words are paired flawlessly with bright illustrations by Scott Menchin. Bursting with color and texture, Menchin’s art is sure to engage parents and children alike! This fantastic new book is perfect for an action packed storytime with kids who like to get up and go!

Stretch, Doreen Cronin, Scott Menchin, pub. Aug. 2009, Atheneum Books

Want to explore other books to share with wiggly readers? Call us! We’re always happy to provide recommendations. 703-548-4092. Or email:

Stretch your imagination with a good book today!

–Miss Megan

Megan’s Book du Jour 7/24/09

There Was An Old Monster! by Rebecca, Adrian, and Ed Emberley, Ages 2-6

g1062_therewasanol_4ccWe all know the old lady who swallowed a fly. But have you met the monster who swallowed a tick? In this rollicking adventure, a very silly old monster gulps down not only a tick, but also some ants, a lizard, a bat, a jackal, and even a bear! Set in the same rhyme scheme as its classic predecessor, this new picture book breathes riotous life into a childhood favorite.

Beloved author and illustrator Ed Emberley is joined by daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Adrian in the creation of this fantastical adventure. Brightly colored collage pieces set against a black background are used to form engagingly silly illustrations, while the zany rhyme keeps the story moving, always returning to a familiar refrain: “‘Cause man those ants had him dancing in his pants.” If you’re in doubt of the tune, the book also includes the option to download the song online. This is an excellent tale to share at storytime, especially if you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced read to share with your own little monster!

There Was An Old Monster!, Rebecca, Adrian, and Ed Emberley, pub. July 2009, Orchard Books

Need more books suggestions? Give us a call–we’re happy to special order titles or put them on hold! 703-548-4092. Or send us an email:

Keep up the good reading!

–Miss Megan

Megan’s Book of the Day 5/22/09

A Small Surprise, by Louise Yates, Ages 2-6

9780375856983A traveling circus needs a new performer, and one tiny bunny is determined to land the job! Although he is too small to wipe his own nose or eat his food without making a mess, he is sure that his size will be an advantage among the larger animals. The circus discovers that although the bunny may be little, he has magical abilities that make him quite the surprise to his new friends.

Louise Yates has crafted an adorable tale of individuality and determination. The text is sparing and placed creatively on the page, bringing attention to Yates’ imaginative sketch and watercolor illustrations. Don’t miss out on this fantastic tale that will remind children that “smallness is strength.” With a quirky cast of goggle-eyed circus animals entranced by the antics of one confident little bunny, this fantastic picture book is sure to capture your reader’s attention as well!

A Small Surprise, Louise Yates, pub. May 2009, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Check out this book at Hooray for Books today!

–Miss Megan

Megan’s Book du Jour — Little Chick

34207077Little Chick, by Amy Hest. Ages 2-6

Little Chick loves exploring the wide world around her! Along the way, her gentle Old-Auntie is always ready to explain away any confusions. When Little Chick becomes frustrated (Her carrot won’t grow! Her kite won’t fly! She can’t pluck her favorite star from the sky!), Old-Auntie suggests that maybe some things are perfect just the way they are.

Amy Hest’s sweet, simple narrative is paired flawlessly with soft watercolors and sketches from illustrator Anita Jeram. Parents and little ones alike will be instantly drawn to this tale of discovering the simple joys of life with those we love. Don’t miss this lovely nursery tale that comes just in time for spring!

Little Chick, by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram; $17.99 (hardback); Candlewick Press

Happy reading!