Barnes & Noble Unveils the Top Educational Toys & Games for the 2017 Holiday Season
December 16, 2017

Specially Curated List Features the FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop Available Both In Stores and Online at



NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today released its top educational toys and games list for the 2017 holiday season. This year’s selection features the FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop, a special shop-in-shop that includes remarkable gifts for kids of all ages, featuring a huge plush giraffe, an exclusive train, costumes, a fantastic magic set, a beautiful set of wooden blocks, and so much more available both in stores and online (2017 Holiday Gift Guide), while supplies last.

In addition, Barnes & Noble has all of the hottest, must-have, high-quality toys and games of the season, along with a best-in-class educational toys and games selection, including exclusive products like the plush Barnsie® the bear and Noble® the dog for the stuffed animal aficionados, an assortment of Hatchimals for kids who love surprises, a robot for the techie of the future from Meccano, and many more gifts curated to meet all ages and interests.

“Buying just the right gift for a child is one of the greatest parts of the holiday, but it also comes with a lot of pressure. At Barnes & Noble, we’re making it easy for everyone by featuring a specially curated list of toys & games perfect for kids of all ages and interests,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Specialty. “This year, we’re thrilled to bring even more magic to our unique assortment by adding a dedicated FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop at stores nationwide and online at This partnership gives our customers access to the very best of the FAO Schwarz line this holiday season.”

For the 2017 holiday season, Barnes & Noble recommends the following Top Toys of the Season from its leading selection:

Toys and Games for All Kinds of Kids

  • For the Stuffed Animal Aficionados: Barnsie® & Noble® (Exclusive at Barnes & Noble)
  • For the Early Puppeteer: Fingerlings
  • For the Kid Who Loves Surprises: Hatchimals Surprise
  • For the Ultimate Batman Fan: Imaginext® DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme
  • For the Young Parent: Luvabella Responsive Baby Doll
  • For the Future Techie: Meccano M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
  • For the Beginning Booklover: Teddy Ruxpin
  • For the Builder: LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
  • For the Star Wars Fan: The Last Jedi Hyperdrive BB-8

FAO Schwarz Holiday Shop

  • For the Musician on the Move: FAO Schwarz 101” x 29” Piano Dance Mat
  • For the Puppy Lovers: FAO Schwarz Patrick the Pup 18″ Plush and FAO Schwarz Penelope the Pup 18″ Plush
  • For the Happy Camper: FAO Schwarz Toy Tent Canvas TeePee with Wood Poles and Flag
  • For the Kids Who Like Their Gifts Supersized: FAO Schwarz 96-Inch Plush Giraffe
  • For the Builder: Wood Castle Blocks Set (150 pieces)
  • For the Magician: Kids Magic Set
  • For the Police Officer: Police Officer Costume
  • For the Firefighter: Firefighter Costume

These toys, along with many other great gift ideas, can be found at Barnes &Noble stores nationwide and online at through Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, only while supplies last. Customers are encouraged to join the conversation about all the great gifts available at Barnes & Noble this holiday season on their social channels by using the hashtag, #ALLIWANT.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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 632 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 more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (, plus 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®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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