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.

‘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.

A Ball For Daisy

A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka

Chris Raschka tells the wonderful tale of Daisy the dog and her ball without using  a single word. When Daisy’s favorite red ball bursts, the distraught pooch looks as though she may never be consoled. However, a gift from a new friend may turn the pup’s frown upside down. Raschka’s soft, charming, watercolor illustrations are all you need to understand the special bond between this sweet dog and her favorite toy.

A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka; Schwartz & Wade books; Ages 3-6; $16.99

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

If you’re looking for the next great family read aloud, this is it! Author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Kevin Cornell have created a laugh-out-loud book, bound to please the entire family.

Retired search-and-rescue dog J.J. Tully is lured into investigating a mysterious disappearance with the promise of a cheeseburger as a reward for finding several missing chickens.  As Tully is on the case, the remaining chickens continuously get in his way, causing all sorts of trouble, making for a hilarious read filled with twists and turns. Deadpan humor will have the adults giggling as much as the children!

A great early chapter book for a new reader or a fantastic choice for families to read together.

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin, Balzer & Bray, $14.99, Ages 7 and up

Room by Emma Donoghue

For our adult readers, Room is an intense and riveting story of a boy, his mother, and the place that they call home. Told from the perspective of Jack, a five-year-old boy, we learn he has spent his entire five years living within the walls of a single room, where his mother had been placed after her kidnapping.  He enjoys many things that typical boys enjoy, like playing pretend, coloring, watching television, and making forts, but has never been outside the confines of “Room.”

When Jack and his mom are suddenly thrust out into the world, away from the only home Jack has ever known, what seems like new blessings become confusing and overwhelming events. Jack has to learn what cars are, what the sky is, all different kinds of new foods, and many, many other things that most people take for granted. He is overstimulated and scared of his new environment, as is his mother.

The story is incredibly powerful and written in such a way that the reader is left feeling as if though they really did experience everything through a five-year-old’s eyes. The dialogue is impressive and the overall effect chilling. Room is a haunting read that will stick with you long after you’ve finished the book.

Room by Emma Donoghue; Little, Brown, and Company; $24.99; Adult

Diary of a Baby Wombat

In Diary of a Wombat, we saw a wombat going about her day.  Diary of a Baby Wombat tells the story of her baby. In this book, Baby Wombat has taken a leaf out of his mother’s book (though not the kind he’d prefer to eat) and has decided to start his own diary — and what an interesting one it becomes! Mostly, Baby Wombat sleeps, but then he notices something, a brand new smell that leads to someone new to play with! A baby! Baby Wombat and the baby play together, eat, and sleep. The baby even gives Baby Wombat the idea for a new hole, a bigger one big enough for Mommy Wombat and Baby Wombat.

This book is perfect for ages 2 and up. The story is not difficult to follow and contains short sentences on each page. It would be nice as a new baby book or a birthday book. The best part is, you don’t have to be familiar with the first book to enjoy the second.

Hooray for Books! and Happy Reading! -Maryam

Diary of a Baby Wombat by Jackie French; illustrated by Bruce Whatley; Clarion Books, hardcover; $16.99


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

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.

Willoughby & The Moon

Rebecca’s Pick: Willoughby & The Moon, by Greg Foley

In Greg Foley’s whimsical tale, Willoughby Smith finds it difficult to sleep without the moon’s comforting glow. Curiously enough, he discovers the moon hiding in his closet. Sitting on top of  it is a large, glowing, snail searching for his favorite silver ball. Thus begins Willoughby’s magically inventive quest to find the snail’s beloved toy. Willoughby remains brave throughout his adventure whether searching behind the scary rocks, riding in a moon buggy, or soaring in a space pod. However, when the snail decides to search a deep, dark cave for his ball, Willoughby becomes afraid. At first he waits outside while the snail searches, but eventually faces his fears when he becomes worried for his new friend. Read on to find out what lies within the cave and how Willoughby’s adventure comes to a close. While Foley’s story is captivating and clever, it is his illustrations that are truly unique. Set against glossy black pages, Foley plays with half tones and metallic silvers. He combines cartoon sketches with computer graphics, creating a product that is truly extraordinary. Willoughby & The Moon is a sweet tale with a nice message as well as an artistic masterpiece!

Willoughby & The Moon, by Greg Foley, Harper Collins Publishers,$18.99, Ages 3 and up.


The carousel used to be the central attraction, the jewel of the amusement park, and the favorite animal on the carousel was the gator. After the crowds stopped coming and kids forgot about the amusement park, it was shut down. Gator fell fast asleep until he was awakened by a spider, and finding the park still empty, he went looking for another amusement park.  He ended up at the zoo, where he met real alligators who were a lot scarier than Gator. What he liked the most about his journey was hearing the joyous sound he had missed so much, laughter.  Fortunately for Gator, a little boy heard his crying and recognized him as the carousel gator; his father then revived the deserted carousel.

Gator by Randy Cecil; hardcover; $15.99; Candlewick Press

Happy Reading, Maryam