Posts tagged ‘books’


 

Now you can be a monster too! Without the whole scaring humans and stealing princesses part, of course. Use these simple instructions to make your own monster mask, customized just for you. Word of caution: while there’s no real monster, your creativity may be unleashed!


 

We were delighted to have Emmy-award winning actress, Debra Messing, at our  Book Expo booth at the packed Javits Center in New York City yesterday.  Debra has narrated two of the books on our Autumn 2013 programme: The Little Red Hen, and The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales. She spent a busy hour signing posters and meeting fans. Afterwards, we had a few minutes to speak to her about storytelling, motherhood, and Barefoot Books:


At Barefoot Books we believe that small is beautiful. From small, home-based beginnings twenty years ago, we have grown into an international, award-winning independent children’s book publisher. We are committed to cultural and economic diversity; and this is reflected in both our publishing program and in our business model. With this philosophy at the heart of our company, we have decided to end our relationship with Amazon.


Our Barefoot Books Ambassadors are endlessly creative when it comes to ways to get the world out about the books they love. From hosting story time to organizing cooking classes inspired by their favorite books, the imagination of our amazing Ambassadors seems to be the only limitation on ways to Live Barefoot. We’ve chatted with some of our Ambassadors who feel that Barefoot is right at home at farmers’ markets.


If you download our Singalongs from Youtube, you will already know that the most popular one is Driving My Tractor, written and composed by Jan Dobbins. Farms may be far away from the everyday lives of many of us, but they retain a considerable allure for small children. I grew up in rural Yorkshire, with calves and sheep, chickens and piglets among my playmates, so I feel a certain nostalgic delight about this project, as well as a debt of gratitude to author and composer Jan Dobbins for having conjured up another compelling tune. I was dismayed last summer to read in the Daily Mail that most teenagers have no idea where butter comes from. As for bacon – a third don’t know it has anything to do with pigs and 3 percent think it comes from cows. You won’t be surprised to hear that many don’t know where eggs or milk come from either.


This past January, many thousands of families across North America received a Barefoot Book in their Citrus Lane box, much to the delight of their children. Citrus Lane provides monthly boxes to help parents support their children’s learning and have fun at the same time.

In today’s interview, we’re pleased to share some insights from Mauria Finley, Founder and CEO of Citrus Lane. The synergies between our companies are many, including a commitment to sparking children’s imaginations; providing high-quality content that delights children and adults alike; and supporting an entrepreneurial, creative community that has families at its heart. Our books will be surprising Citrus Lane subscribers in the near future ­— the fun didn’t stop in January! If you’re interested in learning more or joining the Citrus Lane community, you can visit their site at www.citruslane.com.


In The Girl with a Brave Heart, Shiraz befriends an old woman by helping to tidy her house, clean up her garden and comb her hair. The story takes place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, formerly known as Persia. Colourful, intricately painted tiles decorated the floors and walls of houses, palaces and houses of worship in this part of the world. In this activity, you will create your own mosaic tile inspired by The Girl with a Brave Heart and traditional Persian tiles.


The Girl with a Brave Heart

When a new baby arrives, we fall in love with all of their perfect little details. We count their tiny fingers and toes, coo over their perfect little lashes, and smooch the chubby rolls of baby fat on their arms and legs. It’s no different when our book babies first arrive in the Barefoot Books offices!


Today, we are excited to share with you the seventh in our series of posts highlighting members of the Barefoot Books team. Beth Hancock, Publishing Assistant, spends her days editing, project managing, and handling PR in the UK. Beth’s versatile role here at Barefoot Books always keeps her on her toes. Read on to learn more about Beth and her work at Barefoot Books!


Most of the books we publish at Barefoot are developed in house, but every now and then I find one on another publisher’s programme and think ‘This is a Barefoot story!’ I came across The Girl with a Brave Heart last year, at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. It had been published in Hebrew by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Publishing and luckily for me, no-one had snapped up the English language rights.