In celebration of the 20 th anniversary of the Magic Tree House Series, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced two special opportunities for fans to meet Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the series, and Natalie Pope Boyce, her coauthor on the Fact Trackers series, at Barnes & Noble stores. The Magic Tree House series is an award-winning children’s series widely regarded among children, teachers, and parents alike for its power to instill a passion for reading. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, the series has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and has been translated into 32 languages in more than 30 international markets. The author visits, coordinated with Random House Children’s Books, take place at the Barnes & Noble in Carle Place, NY, on Wednesday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m., and at the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA, on Saturday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m.
Fans of the series can also purchase the full-color Anniversary Edition of the first book in the Magic Tree House series, Dinosaurs Before Dark (originally published in 1992), now available in hardcover and NOOK Book™ for the first time. Magic Tree House 20 th Anniversary Full-Color Edition: Dinosaurs Before Dark (hardcover 978-0-375-86988-4, $14.99; NOOK Book 978-0-375-98716-8, $10.99) includes new and updated dinosaur information and a letter from Mary Pope Osborne. The Read to Me NOOK™ book also includes an interview between the creators and audio narration.
To further celebrate the 20 th anniversary of this popular series, Barnes & Noble partnered with Random House to create an exclusive Magic Tree House book and model kit, the first of its kind. Magic Tree House Dinosaur Glow-in-the-Dark Model Kit (ISBN 978-0-375-97268-3, $14.99) is available in all Barnes & Noble stores and at BN.com beginning September 25, 2012. The kit includes two glow-in-the-dark dinosaur models (Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops), a copy of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs (the nonfiction companion to Dinosaurs Before Dark), and a Fact Tracker activity sheet.
Barnes & Noble is also offering Magic Tree House fans a free 26-page Fact Tracker Activity Booklet available at as a downloadable document at www.bn.com/mth. The activity booklet will appeal to children and teachers alike and is customizable for lesson plans with activities such as code breakers, crossword puzzles, games and more that cover the gamut of interesting and educational subjects found in the Fact Tracker series.“We’re excited to join the millions of Magic Tree House fans around the nation in celebrating the 20 th anniversary of this best-selling series,” said Mary Amicucci, Vice President, Children’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “The first book in the Magic Tree House series continues to be our Number 1 selling chapter book for children today. The story that helped shape the series resonates with everyone and the special Magic Tree House 20 th Anniversary Full-Color Edition: Dinosaurs Before Dark, combined with our exclusive Dinosaur glow-in-the dark model kit and Fact Tracker Activity Booklet will delight children and teachers. Mary Pope Osborne is a wonderful story teller whose work has influenced, educated and entertained generations of children, and will for years to come.” The Magic Tree House series provides children with a blend of magic, adventure, history, science and danger. The topics range from kid favorites (pirates, ninjas, the Titanic , pandas) to classroom staples (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving).There are currently 48 Magic Tree House books and 26 Fact Trackers, the non-fiction companions to the fiction titles which are co-authored by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as eBooks and Listening Library audiobooks, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.nook.com/magictreehouse, and www.facebook.com/magictreehouse for more information about the series, activities and more. Educators should explore the Classroom Adventures Program ( http://mthclassroomadventures.org/ ) which is complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides and creative activities for every book in the series. Mary Pope Osborne is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country’s leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children’s literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, Will Osborne, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce. About Barnes & Noble, Inc. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, operates 689 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 667 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com ( www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than 2.5 million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ ( www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition). General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com. NOOK®, NOOK Tablet™, NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™, NOOK Simple Touch™, NOOK Color™, Reader’s Tablet™, Best-Text™ Technology, VividView™, PagePerfect™, NOOK Store™, NOOK Bookstore™, NOOK Book™, NOOK Newsstand™, NOOK Magazine™, NOOK Newspaper™, NOOK Apps™, FREE NOOK Reading Apps™, NOOK Kids™, NOOK Digital Shop™, NOOK Cloud™, NOOK® for Web, Read In Store™, More In Store™, LendMe®, NOOK Books en español™, NOOK Study™, NOOK Library™, Lifetime Library™ and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like™ are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.