Barnes & Noble Kicks Off Summer Reading with Hottest Books and Nationwide Events

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Kids in Grades One Through Six Can Earn a Free Book with Summer Reading Program

NEW YORK, NY – May 14, 2019 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, is kicking off summer reading with the hottest books, special offers, and nationwide events all summer long. The Company also announced its annual Summer Reading Program, giving kids in grades one through six a chance to earn a free book by reading 8 books and completing a reading journal. With its unique offerings and expert booksellers, Barnes & Noble is the destination for summer reading for all ages both in store and online at, as well as on social media by using hashtag, #BookYourSummer.

“Whether you’re looking for great beach reads, the latest thrillers, or the perfect books to keep your children reading on vacation, Barnes & Noble has everything you need for you and your family this summer,” said Tim Mantel, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble.

Summer is a great time to catch up on the classics, which is why Barnes & Noble is offering Barnes & Noble Classics for just $6 in stores and online. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, customers can stock their libraries with great books this season. For fans of Young Adult books, the Company is offering 20% off select new YA releases like Angie Thomas’ On The Come Up, and classic summer reading, including S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (B&N Exclusive Edition).

For younger readers, Barnes & Noble will offer top young reader series books, including Dork Diaries and Percy Jackson, for just $8, and popular chapter books like Super Turbo and The Critter Club will be Buy One, Get One Free. Parents can also help kids keep their study skills sharp this summer with a wide selection of educational workbooks in areas including math, science and writing for just $10 per book.

Kids Earn a Free Book through Summer Reading Program
Barnes & Noble is also kicking off its 23rd annual Summer Reading Program, where kids in grades one through six can earn a free book by reading 8 books and completing a Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal to return to their local store between August 1 and August 31. The free book selection includes over 30 titles ranging from beginning reader books to chapter books, and includes favorite characters such as Fancy Nancy, Judy Moody, Pete the Cat and many more popular names. To get started, customers can visit any Barnes & Noble store and ask a bookseller for the Summer Reading Journal, or download it online at

Hot Summer Books
Barnes & Noble booksellers have reading suggestions for all interests and ages. Customers can see a selection of recommended summer books below, and find many more suggestions at

Exciting Summer Releases

New in Paperback Beach Reads

Summer Thrillers

Summer Young Adult Releases

Summer Books for Young Readers


Summer Events for Book Lovers
Barnes & Noble stores around the country will host a variety of summer events to bring readers of all ages together to read, talk, and participate in activities related to the latest books, toys, and games. Events include the monthly Barnes & Noble Book Club, highlighting some of the most compelling books being published, as well as a new monthly Young Adult Book Club, bringing together fans of YA books to discuss exciting authors and titles. For younger readers, the seasonal Barnes & Noble Kids’ Book Hangout® is perfect for book discovery.

The Company will also hold special Saturday Storytimes for kids, with a chance for participants to get exclusive stickers to put in a Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Passport provided at the events. In addition, parents and caregivers can bring their youngest kids to Baby & Me Storytimes on Sundays, where little ones will be introduced to fun new board books and interactive sensory activities.

To find out more about these and other events, customers can check the Barnes & Noble Store Locator, or ask a knowledgeable bookseller.

Customers can join in the summer reading conversation with Barnes & Noble on TwitterInstagramPinterest, Snapchat (bnsnaps) and Facebook, by using the hashtag, #BookYourSummer.

All Contacts

Shannon DeVito

Senior Director, Book Strategy & Customer Experience

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 627 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store ( features digital books, periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

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