Shop Local for Black Friday

The Old Town Boutique District is once again hosting a not-to-be-missed day of sales and shopping on Black Friday! We want you to shop local, rather than head to malls and big-box stores, keeping more of your dollars in your community.

Hooray for Books! has a day of great sales lined up that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of while knocking a chunk of that holiday shopping off your list.

From 6am-8am:  30% off your entire purchase!

From 8am-10am:  20% off your entire purchase!

From 10am-8pm: 10% off your entire purchase!

The earlier you get here, the more you save! Old Town Alexandria will be offering free parking in city-owned parking lots and garages, so come early and stay all day!


‘Tis the Season for Giving!

Here at the store, we have a yearly tradition that we LOVE to talk about!  Hooray for the Holidays is a program we’ve put together where you, our fabulous customers, can come in and shop for books for a child that would otherwise not be receiving books this holiday season.

We have a range of ages in need of books,  both boys and girls, and you simply choose a child and shop away! It’s a fantastic and fun way to help the community, while supporting an independent business at the same time. We also give a discount on books purchased for the program,  leaving your wallet happy too!

Bring your children and get them involved in helping a less-fortunate child enjoy the gift of a great book! If you need help choosing, one of our employees would be thrilled to help, or choose YOUR favorite book that you would love a child to own. It’s a lot of fun and an amazing way to give this holiday season.

Got questions about the program? Give us a call at the store at 703-548-4092 or email us at and we’ll be happy to fill you in on the details.

Hooray For Thanksgiving Books!

With Turkey day just around the corner, it’s time to pick up some fabulous Thanksgiving stories at Hooray For Books!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. By Alison Jackson; Puffin Books, Ages 3-6.   

Alison Jackson’s silly story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie is the perfect book to read or sing aloud on Thanksgiving day! Her lyrical, rhythmic verse can be sung to the tune of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” In Jackson’s rendition, one very hungry old lady eats every Thanksgiving staple you can think of, and then some! After inhaling pie, cider, squash, salad, turkey and more, will this old lady ever be full? Find out in this delightful, hilarious story!

The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg. Price Stern Sloan Publishing. Ages 2-6.

“Gobble-gobble.” Learn how to speak turkey in Steinberg’s funny story about a group of turkeys off to dance the night away at the Turkey Ball! Follow these party animals as they travel in the turkey bus, strut down the cranberry red carpet, and dance “till their feathers meet the morning light!” Steinberg’s goofy text accompanied by Liz Conrad’s bold, fun illustrations will have you enjoying this book all Thanksgiving night long!

This Is The Feast by Diane Z. Shore. Harper Collins. Ages 4-8.

For those of you looking for a Thanksgiving book rich in history, we highly recommend This Is The Feast. The rhyming prose, sometimes solemn and sometimes rollicking, carries the reader through the Pilgrims’ journey, from the struggle of a barren winter to the joyful relief of the harvest. The illustrations are as colorful and vivid as the prose: “These are the maples, in forests ablaze, where wild turkeys run and golden deer graze.” This book is also packed with historical details, gracefully woven into the writing: did you know that the pilgrims ate lobster at Thanksgiving? Great for a classroom read, or for any child curious about the origins of Thanksgiving.

Turkey Riddles by Katy Hall. Puffin Books. Ages 5-8.

Does your early reader have a fowl sense of humor? Then they’re sure to gobble up Turkey Riddles! Packed with groan-worthy puns, your beginning reader will love reading these goofy jokes to you. Why did the turkey stuffing go on strike? Because it wanted a higher celery, of course! Why did Tom Turkey climb into the vegetable bowl? Well, you’re just going to have to come in and find out!

Toulouse on the Loose by Kimberly Thompson. Little Pigeon Books.

Check out Hooray For Books’  previous blog about Toulouse  here.  A word of caution however, this loveable turkey may make you think twice about eating a certain type of bird this holiday season.

These are just a few of our favorites, but be sure to swing by the store to explore our full collection!

Come to our “Holiday Picks” event!

On Friday, November 4th, we’re having an exciting event to kick off our holiday shopping season and YOU are invited!

At 5:30, Barbara Kurland, a local reading specialist, will be demonstrating her Three Ps Reading Improvement Program. Great for struggling readers or parents/teachers that want to take a new approach to teaching reading.

From 6:00-7:00 we’ll be having an exciting presention by three publishing reps, each showcasing some of their favorite holiday picks for gift giving. We’ll be featuring books from Penguin, Random House, and Scholastic. Come meet the people who help us fill our shelves with great titles!

We’ll also have wine, cheese, and other refreshments, so come join us for a night of food, fun, and BOOKS!

R.S.V.P. by calling the store or sending us an email. 703-548-4092/

A Friend for Einstein the Smallest Stallion

A Friend for Einstein the Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner

Meet Einstein, a small stallion with a big heart! Einstein is a very tiny pony from a breed of miniature horses. However, Einstein’s size makes it hard for him to make friends with the other horses, and the poor colt is lonely. After interacting with a slew of potential playmates (some kittens  and a turtle, to name a few), Einstein meets Lilly the dog. Lilly and Einstein are the perfect match and the two become fast friends!  With real-life photographs taken from their New Hampshire estate, Charlie Cantrell and Rachel Wagner present a sweet and unique tale!

A Friend for Einstein the Smallest Stallion by Charlie Cantrell  Dr. Rachel Wagner; Disney Hyperion Books; Ages 3-8; $16.99

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Amanda’s Pick: Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Thirteen-year-old Ben Tomlin has been raised the only child of two scientists, each very dedicated to the world of science and progress. When his parents decide to bring home a newborn chimpanzee to attempt to teach him language, Ben is totally skeptical and unsure of how his life will be changed by an animal living in his house.

Zan integrates into the family much more easily than anyone expected and his language skills grow at an incredible rate. Ben is surprised at how attached he has become to his “little brother” in such a short period of time and spends lots of time with Zan, in between chasing girls, trying to make new friends, and trying to be a typical teenage boy.

Part coming-of-age story, part animal-interest story, Half Brother is an excellent read in terms of plot and character development. Ben is written in such a realistic manner that you’ll become his friend, as well as his cheerleader. He has big ideas for a thirteen-year-old and his determination and heart definitely shine.

Humor is intertwined with the seriousness of the subject manner and you’ll definitely want a tissue or two handy!

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel; Scholastic Press; 2010; $17.99; 12 and up


Rebecca’s Pick: Brontorina by James Howe

All Brontorina Apatosaurus wants to do is dance ballet. The problem is, she is an enormous dinosaur! When Madame Lucille lets her participate in a class, poor Brontorina realizes she is too large to dance in the studio. Her tail flies everywhere and she comes dangerously close to squashing the piano! Not to mention the trouble she has finding ballet slippers! Will the darling dino be able to achieve her dream? Don’t miss this opportunity to see a dinosaur do an arabesque!

Brontorina, by James Howe, Candlewick Press, Ages 3-6