Barnes & Noble launches Online Storytime

NEW YORK Barnes & Noble has announced the launch of Online Storytime (www.bn.com/storytime), a new monthly program at Barnes & Noble.com featuring well-known authors and celebrities reading popular picture books for children ages two through six. Each Online Storytime event incorporates the popular pan-and-scan filming of the picture book with the author or celebrity providing narration, the company reported.

According to the company, visitors to Online Storytime will receive discounts on products related to the featured books.

“Parents and children can now experience the same excitement and fun found in our in-store B&N Storytimes in the comfort of their own homes with our new Online Storytime,” said Rachel Jarrett, director of kids and lifestyle products for Barnes & Noble.com. “Children exposed to read-aloud storytelling at a young age develop language and literacy skills sooner than those who are not. We’re excited to bring some of our nation’s bestselling children’s authors and celebrities -- and their stories -- into America’s homes and help children learn and grow.”