2 April, 2015 is International Children’s Book Day! Usually around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, International Children’s Book Day celebrates children’s books to inspire a love of reading and also to call attention to the power of children’s storytelling. It’s no surprise that Hans Christian Andersen, the author of many fairy tales that’ve been adapted and transformed into modern children’s stories, gets the spotlight on this day.

Fairy tales have always had a special place in children’s literature. As critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman said, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” These stories—whether it’s Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel—tell children that it’s okay to be who they are and that, in the end, everything will be okay. These stories have the unique ability to deeply inspire those who read them, which is why they’ve been adapted countless times as books, plays, and movies. Their messages are timeless and are always relevant when introduced to the next generation of children.

Barefoot is so dedicated to this that we have an entire book of fairy tales collected in The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales (NA/EU). We believe in the power of sharing fairy tales from all across the world to introduce our young readers to other cultures and experiences. We’ve collected tales from Germany, France, Ukraine, China, and more to highlight the most poignant stories we could find.

Share Your Favorite Fairy Tale

We want to share this International Children’s Book Day with you! Tell us what your favorite fairy tale is by commenting on this post or tweeting @BarefootBooks with the hashtag #MyFairyTale.

Help Us Spread The Word

If you’re celebrating the day with a child, be sure to share our International Children’s Book Day pledge! You can find the image here.


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