Barnes & Noble Announces This Holiday Season’s Lineup of New and Classic Storytimes

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A Special Storytime Pajama Party Featuring Customer-Favorite The Polar Express

Free Children’s Storytimes Celebrate the Joy of Reading and a Family Holiday Tradition Throughout the Month of December

New York, NY – November 29, 2017Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced its lineup of free Storytime events for children and families, a holiday tradition designed to celebrate the joy of reading and the magic of the holiday season. This year’s lineup includes beloved holiday classics and introduces customers to new holiday stories that are sure to spread joy and wonder.

This month-long series of events kicks off with a special Storytime Pajama Party celebrating the beloved holiday classic, The Polar Express, on Friday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. All aboard the Polar Express where children will receive complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, a Christmas ornament, and other fun giveaways to get them excited for the holiday season. Join us at this pajama party Storytime filled with lots of activities and tons of fun! Customers are encouraged to take pictures of themselves and loved ones and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime – On Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host a special Storytime celebrating all things Grinch. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, this Dr. Seuss classic is a mainstay of the holidays, and the positive message is wonderful for children of all ages. Coloring and activities to follow.  

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Storytime – On Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will celebrate Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book, based on Disney’s recently released Frozen holiday featurette. In this hilarious and charming story, loveable snowman Olaf and his pals Elsa and Anna are getting ready to celebrate the holidays, but not before Olaf sets out to find the best family tradition the sisters have ever seen! Coloring and activities round out the fun. Customers can enjoy free Godiva chocolates, which will be passed out at the Storytime, while supplies last.

River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime – On Saturday, December 16, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores celebrate a new story from the original Idol, Grammy® Award–winning singing sensation Kelly Clarkson, River Rose and the Magical Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve, and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a letter to Santa. She can’t wait to finally meet the man in red until... Oh no! River Rose and her dog, Joplin, have fallen asleep and been swept off on another magical adventure. This time, they’re off to the North Pole to let Santa know what River Rose really wants for Christmas. This joyous new holiday story perfectly captures the spirit of the holiday season. Coloring and activities to follow.

Santa’s Magic Key Storytime – On Saturday, December 23, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide invite children to unlock the magic with Santa’s Magic Key. Start a new family tradition with this unforgettable holiday story that celebrates the magic of the holidays and reveals how Santa can always spread gifts and joy on Christmas Eve by using his magical key. Coloring and activities to follow.

The Story of Ferdinand Storytime – On Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble stores nationwide introduce children to Ferdinand, the world's most peaceful and beloved little bull, in The Story of Ferdinand, a true classic with a timeless message. Coloring and activities to follow.

Special Offers: Customers can purchase A Loud Winter’s Nap at the special price of only $7.99 (regularly priced $15.95) with the purchase of any Kids' book. This offer end on December 25, while supplies last.

Additionally, through December 25, customers can buy two Dr. Seuss books and get the third free. This offer applies to titles on the in-store Dr. Seuss fixture only. The free book will be the least expensive book in the transaction.

During all Barnes & Noble Storytime readings and activities, parents and guardians are encouraged to take pictures and post to their personal social media sites using the hashtag #BNStorytime.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes are free and open to the public. All events are subject to change. Customers should visit for more information about events at their local store. 

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