Monday, July 30, 2012

Shopping with Dad - Giveaway!

My friend Mary at Sprout's Bookshelf graciously agreed to host a Barefoot Books review and giveaway at her blog.  I chose the book Shopping with Dad for her, knowing that her Sprout is exactly the right age for this book and that Mary - like me - has a particular interest in children's books with a lot of diversity.

Mary posted her review over the weekend, and I am so thrilled that she and Sprout loved the book even more than I hoped they would!  Mary knows her stuff when it comes to children's literature - she's working toward becoming a librarian, and I am always impressed with how thorough and thoughtful her reviews are - so I am doubly thrilled that she recommends Shopping with Dad to her readers.

Go over and read the Sprout's Bookshelf review of Shopping with Dad for yourself, and enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of this super fun book.  The deadline to enter the giveaway is Sunday August 5th.  Good luck!

Monday, July 23, 2012

This Summer Sale is HOT!


The annual Barefoot Books Summer Sale started on Friday and will run through August 13th, and this is the biggest and best Barefoot sale EVER!

There's something for everyone in this sale - from early learning adventures to classic singalongs and storytime favorites, from global adventures to gorgeous gift books and chapter books for independent readers.  There are books in Spanish, and even puppets and puzzles and activity books on sale!  You can find something for every child in your life and be done with your holiday shopping before the summer is even over!

I will post more about some of the individual books that are on sale - some of our very favorite books are deeply discounted for this sale - but for now I will tell you to go and check it out for yourself!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Reading with Barefoot Books

Summer is, of course, time for swimming and playing outside and sleeping late and just general relaxing...

...but reading should happen all year round!

Barefoot Books has partnered with JetBlue and PBS Kids to help children's imagination soar with reading this summer.  Go to the Soar with Reading website and share the title of your favorite children's book, and Barefoot will donate a book to a child in need! 

Barefoot has also put together a summer reading list that includes books for all ages and interests.  From books for the whole family to chapter books for advanced readers, from traditional tales to modern storybook classics, from picture books for sharing to bilingual books in French and Spanish, you are sure to find something to spark your child's imagination this summer.

Go to the Barefoot Summer Reading page to find out more about the Soar with Reading partnership and to find the perfect summer reading list for your kids!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A GREAT first month for Tesfa 5x3! But now what?

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who bought Barefoot Books in June to support my Tesfa Foundation 5x3 Fundraiser!  In a few days I will be sending $112 to Tesfa to support School #3 and School #4 in Ethiopia. 

A FANTASTIC start to the fundraiser - but where do we go from here?

I would love to send even more money to Tesfa for July, but I need your help.  Have you ordered yet?  If you have ordered, have you also told all your friends and family about the fundraiser?  I KNOW there are more people out there who would love Barefoot Books and would love to help build schools in Ethiopia - we just have to get the word out to them.

Here are a few ways you can let people know about the fundraiser:
  • Invite them to the Facebook event I created about the fundraiser.  It's a public event, so anyone can be invited and join; I post a lot there about individual books that I highly recommend, so that is a great way for people who might not know Barefoot Books yet to find out about how amazing the books are.
  • If you know people who would be interested but are unlikely to place an order on-line, please contact me ( and I will send you a catalog, flyers, order forms in the mail.  You can write the order down on a form and send it back to me in the mail with a check or credit card number.  I'll even provide a stamped envelope for you to return the order to me. 
Feel free to post about the fundraiser on Facebook, on your own blog if you have one, on any email lists you might be on, or anywhere else you think there are people who love books, literacy, education, and Ethiopia.

I am extremely grateful that being a Barefoot Books Ambassador allows me to contribute to causes I care about but would not otherwise have the funds to support, and I am extremely grateful to all of you for helping me do that too.

Now let's all get out there and raise some money for schools in Ethiopia!