Author Lincoln Pierce appearing at Hooray for Books!

We have lots of young customers that just love the Big Nate books! The comic strip style is super appealing and the funny stories will have even reluctant readers enjoying the books.  If your child happens to be one of those fans, author Lincoln Pierce will be at Hooray for Books on March 29th, talking about his books and signing your copies!

We’ll have specific times closer to the event, but for now, mark your calendars to stop by the store and meet Lincoln Pierce in March.  When you buy your book at Hooray For Books, we’ll give you a number to hold your place in line to get your book signed!  And if you haven’t checked out the Big Nate books, we highly recommend you do!

Great for ages 8+ and fun for boys AND girls.

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Trish’s Favorites of 2011

Trish read tons of books this year (as every great bookstore owner should), but a few are new favorites! These are her top picks for 2011:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; $26.95; Knopf; Adult Fiction

The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis; $27.95; Penguin Publishing Group; Adult Fiction

Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder; $16.99; Random House Children’s Publishing; ages 8+

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently; $17.99; Penguin Publishing Group; ages 3+

Trish has a lot more titles that she loves, so be sure to ask her about them the next time you’re in the store. She’ll be happy to help you find the perfect gift or a great read for yourself!

Miss Megan’s Favorites of 2011

Each of us here at Hooray for Books has our favorites that we’ve fallen in love with throughout the year. Today, Miss Megan shares the books that became her favorites over the past 12 months.

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness; Candlewick Press, $16.99, ages 12+

Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt; Clarion Books, $16.99, ages 10+

Chime, by Frannie Billingsley; Dial Books, $17.99, ages 14+

I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen; Chronicle Books, $15.99, ages 3+

Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu; Walden Pond Press, $16.99, ages 10+

Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King; Little Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99, ages 14+

If you would like us to reserve  a copy of any of these titles, call us at 703-548-4092 or come on in! We would love to show you more of our favorite books!

Emily’s Favorites of 2011

Emily is our newest employee, but it certainly hasn’t taken her long to find a few new favorite books! Here are some of her favorites of 2011:

Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis; Random House, $17.99, ages 10+


Sea of Dreams, by Dennis Nolan; Roaring Brook Press, $16.99, ages 3+

Say Hello to Zorro, by Carter Goodrich; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $15.99, ages 3+

The Conductor, by Laetitia Devernay; Chronicle Books, $18.95, ages 3+

If you would like us to reserve you a copy of any of these titles, please call us at 703-548-4092 or stop on in!

A Very Norton Juster November

Norton Juster is one of my Absolute Favorite Authors of All Time: so imagine my delight when the box of new books this morning contained not one, but two, new Juster books! Now, to be fair, one of them is a new-old book: the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth. However, this does not make it any less exciting.

     The Phantom Tollbooth (Anniversary) by Norton Juster. Random House. Ages 6-99!

The new edition is gorgeous, with Jules Feiffer’s familiar Milo and Tock unchanged, except that Tock is definitely shinier. Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Mo Willems, and more contributed wonderfully inspiring essays for the new edition: each author has a slightly different take on why The Phantom Tollbooth is such an enduring classic. Since my childhood paperback is definitely well-loved, (read: completely unreadable), I dropped a not-so-subtle hint to my mom to pick this one up for Christmas. Whether it’s for someone like me or for a child reading it for the first time, this lovely edition makes a perfect gift.

Neville by Norton Juster. Schwartz & Wade Books. Ages 3-7.

For the littler ones in your life, Norton Juster has written a funny and moving new picture book, Neville.  Most kids have had the experience of moving to a new place: Juster treats this theme with characteristic empathy, recognizing that kids usually don’t have a say in the matter! On the first page, we see a boy standing in front of his new house, his colored shirt contrasting with the black and white background, heightening the sense of isolation. “Nobody had asked him about moving. They’d just told him,” the narrator wryly comments. His mother encourages him to go outside to try and meet some neighborhood kids, and the boy reluctantly sets off for a walk. He does make friends, but in such a clever and charming way that I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you! You’ll love the warmth and ingenuity of this wonderful story. Great for ages 3 and up.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The third installment in the series about four sisters is bound to please fans of the previous books, as it’s filled with all the sweetness and whimsy that readers have grown to love. Summer has come back around and this year the Penderwick family is splitting up for two weeks. Dad and his new wife head to England for their honeymoon, Rosalind heads to New Jersey with a friend for some much needed “teen time,” while her sisters embark on a beach vacation with Aunt Claire at Point Mouette in Maine, leaving Skye in charge as the OAP (oldest available Penderwick).

Skye, Jane, and Batty have a wonderful time at the beach, while old friends and new make appearances at the beach house. There are, of course, “incidents” woven in to keep the summer vacation interesting. Aunt Claire hurts her ankle, leaving Skye even more in charge than she anticipated, Batty decides she wants to learn to play an instrument, Jane falls in love for the first time, and Jeffrey makes a startling discovery.

Totally charming and fantastic for reading aloud as a family this summer. The characters are all developed beautifully and the concept of children enjoying themselves without the use of technology is always refreshing!

We have all three Penderwicks books available here at Hooray for Books! and our entire staff highly recommends all three.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall; Knopf; Ages 8 and up; $16.99

Grandma’s Attic series

One of Amanda’s all-time favorite classics is being reprinted!

These books are all based on stories the author’s own grandmother told her of childhood on a 19th century farm. They’re STORIES, sweet and simple, inspirational, but with character-building lessons. They remind me of the Little House on the Prairie books in term of their simplicity and the heart that obviously went into the writing. Great morals and a lot of fun!
Each story is rather short, great for bedtime reading or family read aloud. Mabel and her best friend Sarah Jane get into loads of mischief, but everything always turns out well in the end.
Great for fans of Little House on the Prairie and The Penderwicks.
In Grandma’s Attic and More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson. Ages 8-10; David C. Cook Publishing; $6.99