Find Waldo While You Can!

photoThere’s three more days of Waldo! That’s still plenty of time to download a Waldo passport and set out for an Old Town adventure! Get 10 stamps and receive a Waldo sticker and $1 off a Waldo book; get 20 stamps and be entered in our grand prize raffle. Find more information here!

And don’t miss our Waldo Shindig & Raffle Drawing, this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm!

Follow the search and find clues on our twitter page (@HFBooks). Tag us in your own Waldo adventure, and be sure to use #WheresWaldoAlexandria!

Where’s Waldo? In Old Town, Alexandria, of course!

Waldo is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 different local shops throughout the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, and more. From Hooray for Books! at 1555 King Street to Monday’s Child at 218 North Lee Street, from Whistle Stop Hobbies at 130 South Royal Street to The Sugar Cube at 1218 King Street, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Alexandria!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at ___________” card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting cards in 16 or more businesses and turning them in at Hooray for Books! will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31. The Grand Prize is a complete six-volume set of Waldo books! People who prefer a shorter version of the hunt can collect the cards from eight businesses and pick up a Waldo button at Hooray for Books!.

There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Alexandria, call Hooray for Books! call us at 703-548-4092 or email us!

Adults Read YA too! Join our club!

Don’t be shy, it’s ok to love YA! All of us here are adults (well, at least by number), and we love to read Young Adult books and recommend them to both teens AND adults. We even have a book club, especially for those like us!

Each month, Amanda, our YA book club moderator, is joined by a variety of members ranging in age from early 20’s to those well into their golden years. The range makes for incredibly interesting conversations! Past books have included The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and Finnikin of the Rock by Marlina Marchetta.

This month, the club is reading My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, one of Ellen’s favorite books of the year. Here’s how she described it:

If there’s a superlative for outstanding, apply it to this novel to the nth degree. Franziska Mangold, a young girl growing up in Berlin in the 1930s, is only half Jewish, but that’s enough for her family to be persecuted by Nazis. She is lucky enough to get a spot on the kindertransport, the train that secretly conveyed nearly 10,000 children out of Nazi territory to England. But being German in England isn’t easy, and it becomes even more difficult when Frances (as she becomes known) is evacuated from London. This middle-grade novel follows Frances as she courageously makes a new life for herself in a world filled with uncertainty.

If you’re interested in joining the YA Book Club for Adults, please send Amanda an email! We would love to have you!

A magical read!

At Castle Glower, Tuesdays are the best days. Tuesdays are when the castle decides to add a new room,  and its occupants never know what will come next. The castle definitely has a mind of its own, making for a very exciting life for Celie, the youngest of the three royal children, who loves her life at the castle and is really the only one who truly understand how it operates.

When Celie’s parents, the King and Queen of Castle Glower, go missing and are presumed dead, Celie has to use her skills with understanding the castle’s quirks to help save her home from invaders. Exciting and charming at the same time!
Great for readers who love a subtle fantasy story. The plot doesn’t have a whole lot of over-the-top magical elements, but rather uses the castle as a gentle addition to a plot focusing on kidnapped parents and the threat of a kingdom takeover. A whimsical adventure!
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George; $16.99; Bloomsbury; Ages 10+

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!