Local Author to Lead a Children's Book Reading and Discussion on Childhood Obesity at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble on Saturday, March 18th

San Diego-Based Family Health Advocate Merilee A. Kern Will Read Her Groundbreaking Children's Book, It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight - A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 6, 2006 - In an effort to promote healthy living among children and adolescents throughout San Diego County, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation's largest bookseller, will feature Merilee A. Kern, author of the fictional children's book, It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight: A Story of Enlightenment, Empowerment and Accomplishment for Overweight and Obese Kids (www.notfault.com). Ms. Kern will read, discuss and sign her book between 2 and 3PM on Saturday, March 18th, at the Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble in San Diego at 10775 Westview Parkway.

Heralded by an array of health industry experts, It's Not Your Fault That You're Overweight is a first-of-its-kind fictional children's story. Through both easy-to-read text and endearing illustrations by esteemed artist Jerry DeCrotie, the book, which comes in both a boys' and girls' edition, depicts an average overweight American child encountering - and ultimately overcoming - a host of "cultural health landmines." The story encourages kids to take control of their own health condition and shows them how to do it.

Merilee A. Kern is a life-long fitness enthusiast, former bodybuilding champion and co-founder and CEO of KidsHealthDepot.com - a soon-to-launch online catalog offering "solutions that foster healthy children™." Ms. Kern has worked in weight-loss industry for over half a decade, serving a multi-year tenure as a marketing and public relations manager for eDiets.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIET). She currently pens "healthy family" columns for a variety of national media outlets in addition to running Kern Communications (www.kerncommunications.com) - a boutique public relations and marketing firm.

The free Barnes & Noble event will also include discussion with Norma J. Flood, proprietor of La Jolla-based Inner Wellness Nutrition (www.innerwellnessnutrition.com), as well as complimentary refreshments supplied by Cook's Healthy Snacks, a Poway-area restaurant that "serves health."

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 824 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nation's top retail brand for quality, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites and the number one online bookseller for quality among e-commerce companies, according to the latest EquiTrend survey.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.