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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Curling up barefoot with Barefoot Books

I've loved Barefoot Books ever since I first discovered them. As kids books go, they are bright, colorful, well written, interesting for kids to listen to and for grown-ups to read (again and again and again...). They frequently cover topics such as culture and other things that I happen to love and value exposing my kids to. I always have a mental list of Barefoot books I'm hoping to get, and I'm never dissapointed by them.

Two of my current favorites are The Story Tree and Storytime. Each of these books contain seven fairy tales, traditional folk stories from all around the world. Some are classics - The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen for example - while some I've never heard of before - like The Blue Coat. My boys and I love reading these books from cover to cover, and back again. The tales are true to their traditional tellings, but I find that the tone is appropriate for my sons' young ears and I appreciate that.

To celebrate our launch, we're giving away a copy of Storytime to one lucky reader. If you'd like to enter to win, simply leave a comment telling us your favorite children's book (if you can pick one!). If you want a second chance to win, link to this post on your blog, email, facebook, twitter, etc and mention in your comment that you've done so. Be sure we have a way to contact you if you win! The contest is open for one week - we'll randomly choose the winner and announce it next Thursday!


krbc April 16, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

Ian and I love to read books together. His favorite since Easter is called Little Lamb ("Mama you can read yittle yamb?")

:) Kristen

Heather April 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

We love barefoot books so much! Our latest favorite published by them is the "Emperor who Hated Yellow".

My favorite children's book from when I was little is The Snowy Day.

I'm linking at In Te too. :)

NimrodVern April 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM  

Barefoot books are just fabulous. They consistently offer books with great stories & superb illustrations. Our current favorite is "My Daddy is a Pretzel", and the Pretzel Yoga cards. My 3 1/2 year old finds great hilarity in copying the yoga poses!

NimrodVern April 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM  

I tweeted about your giveaway!

Kristee B,  April 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM  

Hmmm I don't know if I could pick a favorite, but my daughter's current favorite is the foot book. She's 27 months and can recite almost the entire book. It's also really funny because every time I have an OB appt. she tells people we're going to see "Dr. Seuss" It gets quite a few laughs!

(I've also referenced this giveaway on my facebook account!)

Rachel N.,  April 16, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

My favorite book is All the Places to Love by Patricia Maclachlan. Beautiful artwork and of countryside scenes and extended family. Since I'm raising suburban boys (unlike myself), this helps tell my rural story to them:)

Lindsay April 17, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

can you believe i've never seen/read a Barefoot Book? i think i am embarrassed to say that given the rave reviews. we are definitely needing to expand our repertoire of good books, so I appreciate the suggestions. right now Wes's favorite book is his Wheels on the Bus book- because he is obsessed with buses and music. :)

megan sanders April 18, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

So excited to find some new books, we are consantly at the library for new ideas. I love the book Momma Will You, by Dori Chaconas.

Leslie,  April 20, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

I have this set of Veggie Tale books that I have been reading to my Jujube since he was only a few weeks old, and he loves them, never tires of them. Dad & I have long since memorized them all. But personally I love Dr Seuss books, and read Green Eggs & Ham to him almost as often as Larry & Bob.

scrapyoga April 21, 2009 at 12:40 AM  

barefoot books are amazing! would be great to get these for my girls!

Lisa Blyth Gertz April 21, 2009 at 4:48 PM  

Some of our all-time favorites (for preschool ages) are "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy," "Bumpus-Jumpus Dinosaurumpus," and "Big Red Bath." The kids love the rhythm and rhyme in these and I love reading them aloud!

Lisa Blyth Gertz April 21, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

I love this site! I happily recommended it on my FB page =)

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