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Hooray for Books! is an independent bookstore in Old Town Alexandria.  

As an independent  bookstore, we pride ourselves on knowing books and providing great customer service.  If you can't find a book you want - ask us!  We can order it for you.

If you aren't sure what to get, our staff can recommend books for all ages.  

Got an idea or a special event you want to build around books? Call or email us - we'll do our best to help!

We'll be offering special events and author visits so check in here often, and sign up for our email list.


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Go Green at Hooray for Books!  We're pleased to announce that we're collaborating with Eco-Libris so that customers can support the environment while reading books.  You can elect to add $1 to the price of each book you buy - for each $1, Eco-Libris will plant one tree in a developing country.  You'll receive an Eco-Libris sticker for each book for which you make a contribution! Read about Eco-Libris here.
An Independent Bookstore
1555 King St.  Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Ph. 703-548-4092 Fax 703-548-4094
Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 8 pm 
Sun 10 am - 6 pm
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Where's Waldo Returns to Alexandria

Beginning Saturday, stop in Hooray for Books! to pick up your Find Waldo passport. The passport lists all 24 locations where Waldo is hiding. There is no charge to participate, and the event lasts all month.

Take your passport with you as you go to the different locations; you can start at any one of them. When you spot Waldo—he’s six inches tall and hiding in plain sight in a public part of the business—tell an employee and get your passport stamped or signed.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Where's Waldo books, both Waldo and his friend Wenda will be hiding at Hooray for Books!

Once you’ve collected stamps from 10 different stores, come to Hooray for Books! to claim an “I found Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon for a Where’s Waldo book (limited to the first 125 Waldo spotters).

When you’ve collected 20 or more stamps, bring your passport to Hooray for Books! and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books and other great prizes. Plan to attend the Waldo grand celebration party and prize drawing at Hooray for Books! at 5 pm on Monday, July 31, 2017. The party will include trivia, games, activities, and a costume contest.

Spread the word by posting photos of Waldo to Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #whereswaldoalx when you find him at a participating indie business. Be sure to tag the business, too!

Complete “Reading Without Walls” Challenge
to Win Prizes!

Hooray for Books! invites you to join the Reading Without Walls Challenge, a nationwide program that celebrates diversity and encourages readers to step outside their comfort zone. From June 12th through August 31st, play our "Reading Without Walls Bingo" for a chance to win fun prizes, including an invite to our exclusive end-of-summer party. Stop by the bookstore to pick up your Bingo card!

 Saturday, July 22nd
Author Event with Cindy Noonan

Join us in welcoming author Cindy Noonan as she presents and signs Dark Enough to See the Stars. In this historical fiction novel for ages 10 and up, bloodhounds chase 12-year-old slave Moses as he follows the North Star to Pennsylvania on the Underground Railroad. A family shelters him, but when Congress passes the Fugitive Slave Act, people hiding runaways may go to jail. Moses and a slave girl living with the family flee, but slave catchers pursue them. Will they ever reach freedom in Canada?

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 5 pm for a story time specially designed for the older crowd: 3-6 year olds! Our story time experts will read you a rotating selection of new picture books and old favorites. It's free and open to the public! 5 pm.  
Join us on Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am for a story time for the the wee-ones and toddlers: 0-3 year olds! Our story time experts will read your young ones board and picture; sing songs and perform and teach some fingerplays. It's free and open to the public! 10:30 am.  


Our regular Wee-Ones Story Times are stroller-free zones! 
During our storytimes, we do not permit stroller parking in the store. This is to ensure a safe, fun environment at story time! Thank you for your cooperation and hooray for story time!


Book Clubs

Our Science Fiction Club (which usually meets on the fourth Sunday of each month) features adult fiction and non-fiction titles, and our Adults Read YA Book Club (which typically meets on the last Wednesday of each month) features a selection of exemplary Young Adult literature. For more information on either book club or the titles mentioned below, please contact info@hooray4books.com or call us at 703-548-4092.

  Adult Book Club Pick for July   

The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez

Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. to discuss compelling books of all genres. Books purchased for our book clubs are always 20% off. Please email Sally Chadbourn for more information and to join.

This month we are featuring The Book of Unknown Americans, the a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love--a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American..


KidsPost Summer Book Club
The Washington Post's KidsPost is promoting their own summer book club. The them for 2017 is "Challenge Yourself". Over eight weeks the post will be profiling books in which the main characters experience various challenges in their lives. 

Midnight Without a Moon by Emma Cline

Linda Jackson’s moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States. (Ages 10+)


Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
(ages 10+)


I lived on butterfly hill 9781416994022 hrI Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin

Accented with interior artwork, steeped in the history of Pinochet’s catastrophic takeover of Chile, and based on many true events, this multicultural ode to the power of revolution, words, and love is both indelibly brave and heart wrenchingly graceful. (Ages 10+)


For copies of these or other books feature in the KidsPost Summer Book Club, come into our store or call us at 703-548-4092.


Don't Miss A Hooray for Books! Event!

Keep up with our events by joining our mailing list (form on the left), becoming a fan on our Facebook page (search for Hooray For Books Children's Bookstore or click here) or by following us on Twitter (search for @HFBooks or click here).

We Have Autographed Books!

We're very lucky to have fantastic authors come into our store all year long and they always sign a few of their books for us! We have signed copies for all ages and they make excellent gifts!

Hooray for Gifts!

Want a gift that lasts all year?  We'll select and send a book to those special someones in your life every month, wherever in the world they may be.  Whether you live near us, and want to give books to those far away, or live away from us, and want to give books to someone here, we can help.  Call or e-mail us for details -- this has proven to be a great way to keep in touch with loved ones!

Lists and Recommendations!

Want the latest recommendations for children's books? We're adding new reviews to our blog every week, along with insider book news. So check back regularly – and be sure to comment and post your own reviews! 

If we happen to be sold out when you come to the store, or if we don't carry the book you're looking for, don't worry: we can order any book in print (for children AND for adults) and we can usually have a copy to you in 2-3 days. 

Running low on time? We take phone orders, and can have gifts wrapped and ready to go. Out-of-town relatives looking for suggestions? We offer gift registry services and can work with you to create a reader's wish list. We have gift certificates, too. Call us at 703-548-4092.

Hooray for Books! | 1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Phone (703) 548-4092 Fax (703) 548-4094 | info@hooray4books.com