Barnes & Noble Celebrates Children’s Book Week with a Week of Free Virtual Events for Kids & Families

Press Release

Celebrate the Loving of Reading with a Short Story Contest, New Books, and Events

NEW YORK – May 4, 2020 – Barnes & Noble, Inc., the world’s largest retail bookseller, is pleased to celebrate Children’s Book Week with families around the country with a fun and educational lineup of virtual author events and Storytimes, a short story contest, and book recommendations to keep kids reading. Customers can find full details on BN.com and join in the celebration on social media at #BookWeek2020atHome.

Submit a Short Story with a Chance to Become a Published Author!
The Barnes & Noble National Children’s Short Story Contest Barnes & Noble is calling on  young storytellers and promising wordsmiths to submit their original written or graphic short story for a chance to become a published author! 

Start a New Series
Looking for a new literary adventure? Starting a series is a great way to keep the reading and the story going:

  • Spy School (Spy School Series #1), by Stuart Gibbs
  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil Series #1), by Soman Chainani
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series #1), by Dana Simpson

Virtual Author Events & Storytimes
We’ve got a great series of virtual author events and Storytime readings throughout the week to keep your kids and you entertained. Our list of events are:

  • Monday, May 4th
    YouTubeEvent – Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus author, Dusti Bowling reads a chapter from her Life of a Cactus Series. 
  • Tuesday, May 5th on B&N’s YouTube Channel
    Join us as we read How to Put an Octopus to Bed written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz.
  • Wednesday, May 6th at 3:30PM
    YouTube Live Event – Kate the Chemist: The Big Book of Experiments author and science professor, Kate Biberdorf will conduct a live science experiment from her new book.
  • Wednesday, May 6th on B&N’s YouTube Channel
    Join us as we read Don’t Push the Button! written and illustrated by Bill Cotter.
  • Thursday, May 7th on B&N’s YouTube Channel
    Join us as we read Grumpy Monkey written by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang.
  • Friday, May 8th on B&N’s YouTube Channel
    Join us as we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar written and illustrated by Eric Carle.
  • Friday, May 8th at 3PM
    YouTube Live Event – Let’s Write a Fairy Tale with The Bookwanderers author, Anna James, whose new book, The Lost Fairy Tales, will be released on May 5th.
  • Saturday, May 9th on B&N’s YouTube Channel
    Join us as we read You Be Mommy written by Karla Clark, illustrated by Zoe Persico

Customers can find our children’s books for all ages on BN.com for home delivery or curbside pickup at most stores. Customers can join in discussion at their convenience on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using hashtag #BookWeek2020atHome.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 627 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, as well as the Nook Digital business and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be found on the Company's corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.