Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host a Valentine’s Day Storytime on Saturday, February 9, at 11 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to experience the joy of reading and storytelling through Joanna Walsh’s The Perfect Hug. Children and their parents will also participate in an exceptional entertainment experience reading the story as a NOOK Book ™ on NOOK ® HD+, which is packed with pixels to deliver text, graphics and video with stunning HD clarity so every book, movie and app looks better than ever before. Cookies, crafts and other activities will round out the festivities. “ The Perfect Hug is a feel-good picture book and a terrific Valentine’s Day read, guaranteed to generate hugs for kids, moms and dads, and caregivers alike,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Director of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. Additional Storytime titles will feature beloved characters such as Amelia Bedelia, Arthur, Fancy Nancy, Cookie Mouse, Splat the Cat, the Berenstain Bears and Curious George. In addition to Storytime, many stores will offer complimentary refreshments, such as sugar cookies and hot cocoa, along with Valentine’s Day crafts and activities. The Perfect Hug Storytime event is free and open to the public. For further details, contact any Barnes & Noble store, or visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator ( http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com). About Barnes & Noble, Inc. Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com ( www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ ( www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 674 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. 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.