Posts tagged ‘children’


 

marty house barefoot booksIn the beginning, there was a farmhouse. Here you see it beautifully rendered in coloured crayon by Nancy’s husband, Marty (as you can see, Marty is a skillful draughtsman, though he is less well known for this gift than for his superlative cooking skills). This is Beach Farm House, home for nine years to the Barefoot Books editorial, production and foreign rights departments.


Komodo, Indonesia barefoot books children

WIth a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

Oh, the bittersweet transition from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…

I relish our family summer holiday time – our spirited conversations over dinner, on car journeys and long walks– reminiscing about previous holidays, singing, dancing and sharing funny moments. It is our chance, in our otherwise frenzied existence, to unwind and just be together.


Since writing about Ruby’s first walk to school, I’ve loved every minute of creating her further adventures. From sleeping in a moonlit tent amid giants and dragons, right through to her apprehension at the impending arrival of her impish baby brother, Leon, Ruby has been fun.


Our newest story collection, The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, features eight stories from the Jewish tradition. Author and Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand shares her creative process.


The crew at Barefoot Books is coming together and everyone is making paper boats to celebrate the release of Starlight Sailor in a new format—a large board book! Use these easy-to-follow instructions to join the crew and make your own paper boat, then share your nautical creations with us by tagging @BarefootBooks and #paperboat on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. If you’re in the neighborhood of our Oxford, UK or Concord, MA studios this month, stop by and make a paper boat for our maritime displays!


Book of the Month The Prince's Bedtime August 2013

With a new heir to the throne in England, how could we not choose The Prince’s Bedtime as our book of the month? Our prince was created by Joanne Oppenheim of New York City and Miriam Latimer of Braunton, North Devon. It was Miriam’s first project with us – I had spotted her in a ‘new graduates’ feature in Illustration magazine and I was enchanted by her quirky characters and her sense of humour. I also loved reading Joanne’s text out loud – the way it rollicks along and you know your audience will guess the final word of every couplet if you give them the chance.


Ready for a craft that’s perfect for summer? This activity teaches you how to create a paper mobile using templates inspired by A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea. Turn your house into an aquarium by hanging these mobiles above your bed or in a window! You can adapt this project for all ages. Youngsters can color the sea creatures with crayons and an adult can assemble, or older kids can modify the activity to include sea creatures of their own design. Have fun as you travel to the bottom of the sea!


Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

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When I signed up to take Tropical Ecology as an undergraduate at Loyola University New Orleans, I had no idea that the final exam would be a two-week trip to Belize. Imagine my surprise on the first day of class as my professor, Dr. Bob, explained that we’d be spending time at a jaguar sanctuary, in a modern Mayan village and on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean to learn first-hand about the flora and fauna of the tropics. I packed up my dad’s old yellow hiking backpack with sunscreen and bathing suits and got ready to explore Belize.


The mission statement that runs in all of our books says, “At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life.” Our content team is passionately committed to creating books that are inclusive for children of all races, genders, abilities and backgrounds. So when we saw a call for papers about diversity, inclusion and equality in children’s literature, we were all over it!


 

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!