Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

piratesloveunderpantsLooking for a rhyming read-aloud book that your pre-schooler will love? Check out Pirates Love Underpants. I’ve had a lot of luck reading books about underpants to pre-schoolers, so I have no doubt that this one will be a hit! Join these pirates as they make their way through Big Knickers Bay, Three Pants Ridge, and the Long-John Bridge to search for the Pants of Gold.

And, if you enjoy this tale, you’ll have to check out Aliens in Underpants Save the World by the same duo.


Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illus. by Ben Cort; Simon & Schuster; 15.99; Ages 3-6

Author event with Sharon Draper

This Thursday we are hosting Coretta Scott King award-winning author Sharon Draper at the store! She’ll be here to talk about the paperback release of her fantastic book, Out of My Mind. Several of us here at the store have read it and loved it and we recommend it to customers all the time. Now is a great time to pick up the book if you haven’t read it before (trust me, you want to), or if you’ve been a fan for awhile and want to ask Ms. Draper some questions. We’re really excited to have her!

The book centers on 11-year-old Melody, an incredibly smart girl with a photographic memory, who also happens to have cerebral palsy and is unable to speak for herself. Unfortunately, this leaves both teachers and her peers believing that she is functioning on a low level of learning, teaching her the same letters and numbers every day, rather than the math and history and science she loves and is perfectly capable of doing.

When Melody finally gets an electronic device that helps her speak, she’s able to communicate her thoughts and her intelligence to the world. She even earns a spot on her school’s quiz team, surprising everyone! The story follows Melody on her journey “out of her mind,” including the difficulties and triumphs she faces along the way.

It’s an amazing story of hope and perseverance  and could be used as an excellent classroom tool by teachers. Come hear Sharon Draper talk about the book on Thursday, 5/10, from 6:30-7:30. Let us know you’re coming at 703-548-4092.

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+

Great new teen reads!

We have some an excellent YA section at Hooray for Books! and are always looking to share our favorites with you. These are a few of Amanda’s newest favorites!

Split by Swati Avasthi; Knopf; 2010; 16.99

After running away from his abusive father, 16-year-old Jace shows up on the doorstep of his brother, Christian, determined that between the two of them, they can convince their mother to run away as well. An amazing relationship begins to form between the brothers, as each of them learns to live with the consequences of running away and the process of how to live life “after.”

Great for both boys and girls. Recommended for ages 14+

Wither by Lauren DeStefano; Simon & Schuster; 2011; $17.99

The latest in dystopian fiction, this one is bound to have you turning pages late into the night!

16-year-old Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage  along with two other young girls.  Though she forms a strong bond with her two sister wives and her husband is actually quite kind, Rhine’s sole thoughts are focused on escaping and finding her twin brother.

Though the topics are grim, the writing is beautiful and the characters well-developed.  A very promising start to a new trilogy!

Recommended for ages 14+

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins; Hyperion; 2010; $8.99 

New in paperback, Hex Hall is hilarious, suspenseful, and has a strong girl character. Taking place at a boarding school for witches, werewolves, fairies, and any other magical being, our main character Sophie quickly discovers she’s not very good at using her powers. She makes a few enemies, some great friends, and (of course) finds a cute boy to crush on!

A good, clean read with fun, magical elements. The sequel, Demonglass, just arrived in hardcover. We have that one too!

Ages 12+

Hooray for Valentine’s Day Books!

We Love Books about Love!

Be sure to check out these special Valentine’s Day books before February 14th!

Peek-A-Love by Salina Yoon

This sweet lift-the-flap board book explores love with bright, bold colors and simple words. Each page shows little ones what different animals hold as the objects of their affection. For bees, it’s flowers, for fish, it’s bubbles and for mamas, it’s their little ones! The last page even has a spot for moms to insert their own little one’s face!

Peek -A-Love by Salina Yoon; Little Simon, Ages 0-2, $6.99

Twosomes: Love Poems from The Animal Kingdom by Marilyn Singer

Ever wonder how a squirrel tells their sweetheart they love them? What about an elephant? In this lyrical book of love poems Marilyn Singer takes her best guess! With adorable illustrations and clever, witty, puns, this book is the perfect gift for any child, adult, or furry friend!

Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom by Marilyn Singer; Alfred A. Knopf Books; All Ages! $7.99

Valentine Zoo

Love is in the air at the zoo on this Valentine’s Day! An elephant proposes, two love monkeys go on a date and a lion receives a bouquet of flowers in this charming board book! Also check out the musical surprise at the end of the story!

Valentine Zoo; Priddy books, ages 3-6, $9.95

Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George!

Celebrate Valentines Day with one of the most famous monkeys around in this lift-the-flap book, George holds a Valentine’s Day party complete with decorations, cookies, and card-making! However, the real fun begins when George discovers a curious box that he finds very intriguing…

Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George! by N. Di Angelo, Houghton Mifflin Publishing, ages 3-6; $8.99

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet

Rebecca’s pick: A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier

What a wonderful way to practice your ABCs! A Fabulous Fair Alphabet is unlike any alphabet book you have ever read before! Each page is devoted to a letter, and each letter represents something you can find when enjoying a day at the fair.Frasier’s book is made even more unique through her creative images. From magazine and paper cutouts to wonderful photographs, this book is like nothing you have seen before! Frasier introduces readers to an exciting way to learn our letters! Be sure to check out the letter and vocabulary games that go along with her book at:  http://debrafrasier.com
A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier, Simon & Schuster Publishing, $16.99, Ages 2-6.


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.

LMNO Peas roll through the abcs

L M N O Peas by Keith Baker (3-6)

In this cute alphabet book, peas alliterate the letter of the alphabet. They are climbers, campers and circus clowns; kickers, kayakers and kings; truckers and teachers. Each page’s illustration features the peas’ related activity around a giant letter; giving you plenty to look at as you read this book again and again.

L M N O Peas by Keith Baker; Simon and Schuster; $16.99; 2010

Weezer Changes the World

Can one small dog change the world?

Weezer was just an ordinary puppy until something struck him. Suddenly he liked to count, help Billy with his homework instead of eating it, and even play the piano for a benefit concert instead of barking at the clock. Everyone knew of this extraordinary dog until something struck him again. When the people of the world found out that Weezer was sick in bed, they vowed to keep his efforts moving and to end all fighting. It was then that Weezer woke up as an ordinary puppy once again, full of energy to play with his best friend Billy.

Weezer Changes the World by David McPhail, Simon and Schuster, hardcover, $15.99

-Happy Reading