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Our favourite events each year have to be our annual Barefoot Books Ambassador Conferences. These weekend-long events in Oxford, England and Concord, Massachusetts are a great opportunity for Ambassadors from all over the globe to gather as one and experience the joy of Living Barefoot. Our Ambassadors represent the Barefoot mission and work hard to build businesses of their own. This year our Conferences are in May and we can’t wait for the sound of our community celebrating, laughing and bonding—it’s the true sound of spring for us!


Last month we shared with you the exciting news about Micha Archer, illustrator of Lola’s Fandango and The Wise Fool, and her magical decorations for a 10 foot tall Christmas tree, bringing Lola’s story to life. True to the story, big sister Clementina makes an appearance on the tree as well.


The 18th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord, Massachusetts Museum is quickly approaching! This year, the wonderful illustrator of Lola’s Fandango, Micha Archer, has the great honor of decorating the main tree at the exhibit. The Family Trees exhibit will be open from November 27 – January 1 and all proceeds benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives. If you’re in the New England area this season, bring the whole family to see Micha’s tree and dozens of others inspired by children’s stories!  If you’re not in the area, please share with those who are, it’s a real treat for children’s book lovers.


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!


 

On 10 February, Chinese New Year celebrations began across the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Snake. The fifteenth and final day of the celebration is commemorated with the YUAN XIAO JIE, or the Festival of Lanterns. Children and adults carry lanterns in a parade during a full moon. Learn how to make your own lantern to light up the sky on the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, 25 February!


Here at the Barefoot Books Studios we love to read My Mama Earth, so it was only natural that we incorporated some of the great watercolour illustrations into an inspired craft. Read on for instructions on how to make your own tropical fish with brilliant features.


The long-awaited Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature exhibition has finally arrived! We’ve shown you the progress of Sophie Fatus‘s ornaments inspired by her illustrations in The Story Tree, now see the final decorated Christmas Tree in our gallery. Check out this and 37 other trees inspired by children’s stories at the Concord Museum now through January 1st. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 children (4-18); children under 4 and Members are Free. All proceeds from Family Trees will go toward the Concord Museum’s education initiatives.


As you may have noticed, we are now on Pinterest! Via Pinterest you’re able to go behind the scenes at Barefoot Books: you’ll see some of the images and ideas that inspire our work.


As we’ve previously shared (here & here), Sophie Fatus is hard at work creating what is sure to be a beautiful tree for the 17th Annual Family Trees exhibition at the the Concord Museum. We’re so excited to see the finished product! The ornaments she’s crafting are inspired by her illustrations in The Story Tree by Hugh Lupton. What’s your favourite Sophie Fatus illustration?

 


The 17th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature is fast approaching! Last year, we had French artist Miss Clara craft ornaments inspired by The Snow Queen for the Barefoot Books tree. This year, illustrator Sophie Fatus is taking inspiration from The Story Tree. She’s hard at work in her studio in Florence, Italy, but soon she’ll be joining us at the museum in Concord, Massachusetts! For more information about the exhibition, visit the Concord Museum’s website.