Classic and Contemporary

A special selection of Penguin Classics, kids' books, the best in new writing, Penguin merchandise and more.

The Best of Penguin

Penguin Group USA is pleased to announce the national launch of The Best of Penguin Shop inside ten select Barnes & Noble stores and online at Barnes & (

Best of Penguin

In the early 20th century, quality books were considered a luxury item, fashioned for the wealthy. Penguin was founded in 1935 with the belief that reading was not an elitist pursuit. Good books should be accessible to all.

Over the past 75 years, Penguin has amassed an impressive array of imprints, each with passionate editors publishing distinct types of books. Penguin now possesses the world's most popular list of modern best-sellers, groundbreaking books that claim prestigious awards, and a backlist treasure of unparalleled breadth, depth, and quality. You'll discover the greatest of these books right here in the Best of Penguin Shop.

You'll also learn that the joy of reading is ageless, while meeting some Penguin friends that can last a lifetime among our most-beloved characters of children's literature. We also proudly present our collection of award-winning books—perfect to anchor any child's library.

Since Penguin has always been synonymous with Classic, here you'll also discover the most remarkable of our Penguin Classics. This selection has been carefully curated for Barnes & Noble with classics that are as much a joy to hold as they are to read.

Penguin strives to bring the unique voice of the writer to the reader, yet we know that readers ultimately determine the books we love. So we developed a section called 'What the World is Reading.' Browse the table—how many have you read?

Interspersed among the Best of Penguin Shop you'll discover unique gifts for book lovers, each inspired by the most recognizable—and well-read—Penguin in the world.

We invite you to discover the Best of Penguin. For our complete line of Penguin books and gear, visit

Participating Barnes & Noble Stores
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Mansell Crossing, Alpharetta, GA
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Prestonwood Center, Dallas, TX
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Stamford Towne Center, Stamford, CT
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Crossroads Commons, Boulder, CO
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Roseville II, Roseville, MN
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Old Orchard, Skokie, IL
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Westheimer, Houston, TX
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Market Fair, Princeton, NJ
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Cary II, Cary, NC
  • Barnes & Noble Store,
    Union Square, Manhattan, NY