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I have a friend who posted on Facebook about some upcoming crazy celebration days for this week.    Let’s see . . .  Twilight Zone Day on May 11, Kite and Limerick Day on Tuesday, and Dance Like a Chicken Day on Thursday.  Let the fun begin!  But another celebration worth mentioning is going on all week . . . it’s National Children’s Book Week!

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You loyal readers know that, as a Barefoot Books stallholder, this is right up my alley!   So I thought I’d post a few fun ways to get your kids involved in reading.

Of course, Barefoot has such high-quality, fantastic books for kids.  But check out the activity page site here for downloadable, printable .pdf pages for your kids to color.  The sheets correspond to some of our popular favorites, like Portside Pirates, Whole World, or Thesaurus Rex.   The activity sheet for We All Went on Safari even helps to teach kids to count to ten in Swahili!  They’re a lot of fun, and a great way to tie in some other concepts like colors, synonyms, counting, and even tracing and drawing while reading one of the books, too!

For more activity sheet fun, and some great stories for kids, click on over to my Barefoot Books website!   And check out your local library or bookstore for some activities surrounding National Children’s Book Week.

Happy Reading!







Barefoot is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders between now and Tuesday, March 31st.

Not familiar with Barefoot Books?  Click here for a little introduction

With Easter (April 12) and Earth Day (April 22) on the horizon, what better excuse to stock up on some gift books from Barefoot Books? 

Need a new baby gift?  A unique present for a child’s birthday?  Or maybe something to keep the kids occupied during their spring break?  Order this weekend and save on your shipping costs!


Two of my favorite books are on sale now:  The Gigantic Turnip (paperback) for only $5.99, and The Fairie’s Gift (hardcover) for $14.99.  By perusing my website, you can see other great titles on sale for March.

Check out the new spring releases — The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales, and two new lift-the-flap board books:  Walk With Me, and Talk With Me.

Please feel free to contact me for any product suggestions!  I LOVE to talk about quality books (and CDs, puppets and puzzles) for kids!  Barefoot has also compiled some gift sets and gift collections that provide great ideas as well.

Have fun shopping, and HAPPY READING!


Well, I’m a little late for this month’s Kids’ Picks carnival over at 5 Minutes for Books.  Oops!  I blame it on my bloglines reader not updating me with the feeds from their site recently (Bad Bloglines!).  It could, of course, be due to my complete lack of organization and not knowing what day it is, but it feels better to blame it on a faceless website.

We’ve been to the library quite a bit lately, my 3-year-old and me.  She likes to play with the Thomas the Train set there while I search for all the books, but rest assured, she is a big fan of reading, at least when we get the books home.

Readers of Barefoot in High Heels know that I am a stallholder for Barefoot Books.  Our local library has a decent selection of Barefoot titles, and while I picked up a bunch of books for my daughter (classics like Eric Carle favorites, Chicken Soup with Rice, the Giving Tree, and of course Fancy Nancy!), I brought home some Barefoot titles as well.  In fact, I had recently purchased Thesaurus Rex as a Christmas gift for my daughter, and then I sold my copies at some events I had last weekend!  

Tonight before bed we read Thesaurux Rex, by Laya Steinberg and illustrated by Debbie Harter.  Cute concept, and of course, the fun visuals as well.  But what part does my daughter like the best?  Is it the fact that she’s learning synonyms?  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here!  Nope — She likes it when Thesaurux Rex gets caught in the mud (and the muck, mire, etc.) and then has to wash (soap, scour, scrub, etc.) himself in the tub!    Aren’t 3-year-olds cute?



And here’s the best part!  Between today and Tuesday, November 25th, Barefoot is offering FREE SHIPPING!  And, if you order $50, you’ll receive a free activity book as well.  Get your holiday shopping done early!

It’s that time again . . . for October’s edition of Five Minutes for Books’ Kids’ Pick Carnival!

Of course, I have another Barefoot Book to share.  The one my daughter has been asking for constantly is The Gigantic Turnip, written/retold by Aleksei Tolstoy, with illustrations by Niamh Sharkey. 

I wasn’t familiar with the story myself, but it’s a classic Russian folktale and a really fun book!  The old man and the old woman plant their vegetables, and have to pull up the GIGANTIC turnip at the end of the row.  The old man can’t do it himself, so the old woman helps, and they enlist the help of all their animals to try and pull up the vegetable.

My daughter (who will be 3 this week!) LOVES for me to read this story.  Although in fact, I’m not doing much of the reading anymore!  There’s quite a bit of repetition in here, with each page just adding more animals to help pull out the turnip.  So she has almost the entire story memorized, and likes to “read” it herself, while pointing out all the animals. 

She also likes to act out the “heaved, and pulled, and tugged and yanked” part, so we really have fun playing the different roles!  But we both also love the ending, where they finally add the hungry little mouse, and of course then with everyone’s teamwork they’re able to pull out that turnip!  (But even funnier for a 3-year-old is when they all fall on top of each other and everyone laughs at the whole debacle!).

A sweet story with fun and quirky illustrations!  This one has been a standard here at our house since we first found (and then subsequently started selling) Barefoot Books last winter.  The Gigantic Turnip is available in paperback for only $7.99, in paperback with a story CD for $9.99, or in hardcover for $16.99.  Feel free to browse my website for more information.

Looking for more Kids’ Picks?  Head on over to 5 Minutes for Books to check out other readers’ kids’ favorites!

This offer only comes around a few times a year, and it’s here again!!  From Saturday, September 27 – Tuesday, September 30 there is FREE SHIPPING on Barefoot Books when you order through my website!

Stock up on some early Christmas gifts, or on some appropriate Halloween titles: 


Barefoot Book of Monsters!  $19.99



Experience the thrill of meeting monsters from all over the world!
Inspired by folktales around the world, from the mountains of Nepal to the plains of North America, The Barefoot Book of Monsters! brings readers face-to-face with deliciously terrifying creatures including an abominable snowman, a feathered ogre and a hungry water monster. A high interest topic for reluctant readers as well as for children who devour books, Monsters features stories from Native America, Australia, Nepal and South Africa. Masterfully written by Fran Parnell and illustrated in Sophie Fatus’ uniquely quirky style, this book is essential reading for any child who wants the thrill of meeting some of the world’s outlandish creatures and living to tell the tale!

Written by: Fran Parnell
Illustrated by: Sophie Fatus

Read Alone: Ages 6-10
Read Together: Ages 4-8
Hardcover; Jacketed; Full-color illustrations; 64pp;
9.25 x 11.25 inches

Giants, Ghosts And Goblins – Story CDs  $21.99



New re-release hardcover with double story CDs!
The heroes and heroines of myth and folklore always have to overcome extraordinary challenges — and more often than not, these challenges involve a giant, a ghost, or a goblin. In this action-packed anthology, young readers will meet a very unusual Chinese ghost, a Norwegian giant who keeps his heart in a secret hiding place, and many other colorful and engaging characters. John Matthews’ lively text is magnificently illustrated throughout by Giovanni Manna. This edition also features double story CDs narrated by Jerry Nelson, the voice behind some of the most famous characters in children’s television, including Sesame Street’s Count von Count.
Retold by: John Matthews
Narrated by Jerry Nelson
Illustrated by: Giovanni Manna
Read Alone: Ages 6-10
Read Together: Ages 4-8
Hardcover with CD; Full-color illustrations; 80pp;
8.75 x 10.75 inches
Just checking out this site for the first time?  See my original post about Barefoot Books for more information on the company.  And recently I’ve discussed some other offerings from Barefoot:  The Parrot Tico Tango and the book of poetry, Someone I Like.
And because I’m feeling so generous, and I want you all to see for yourself the high quality of these amazing products, click on the following button to shop and receive 10% off your order.

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If you’re looking for product recommendations, I’m happy to provide them!!  Leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you with my favorite books for the age range you need.

Happy Reading!