Posts tagged ‘concord’


Every year, the museum at Concord, Massachusetts hosts a Family Trees exhibition. Each of the trees is thematically decorated; this year, we have invited French illustrator Sophie Fatus to decorate the Barefoot Books tree.


Have you ever considered becoming a parent-blogger? The Barefoot Books Studio in Concord recently had the pleasure of hosting a blogger networking night co-organized by Raising a Reader MA and Boston Parent Bloggers, and Barbara Meltz, one of the original parenting bloggers and a writer for the Boston Globe for over twenty years, was the guest speaker. Barbara was full of helpful tips, advice and insights for fellow parent-bloggers, and we were inspired to share with you an interview on her top parenting tips. Read on to learn more!


Today, we are excited to share with you part two of our Q & A with Piña and Lisa, our wonderful Concord Studio foreign language instructors. Read on for Piña and Lisa’s tips on raising a bilingual child, and don’t forget to check out last week’s post to discover why learning to understand and speak a foreign language is a great way to gain insight into other cultures and ways of life.


Today is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day! We spoke with Piña Madera* and Lisa Locklin**, two fabulous instructors who offer classes at our Concord Studio, to learn why children should learn a foreign language. Please read on for our Q & A with Piña and Lisa, and come back next week for part two!


This past weekend, Rosi and Brian Amador* of the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto stopped by our Concord Studio for a rare family concert. They delighted the audience with live readings of The Parrot Tico Tango and Lola’s Fandango, and performances of songs from their award-wining children’s CD, “El Doble de Amigos/Twice as Many Friends.” For those of you who weren’t able to be there, here is a video of the event taken by a budding young videographer. Read on to see photos of the show!


The Statue of Liberty that adorns New York harbour has played in my imagination since I was a small child. But it was only when I went on a harbour tour last year that I discovered the statue was created by a French artist and was a gift from the people of France to the citizens of America. This memory has resurfaced in the past few weeks, as I have liaised with the exceptional French artist, Miss Clara, over her designs for the Barefoot Books tree that is our contribution to the Concord Museum’s Family Trees Exhibition.


When was the last time you walked inside a store and felt as if you had entered a different world, or stepped inside your favorite story? Watch this video for a taste of what we’re up at the Barefoot Books Oxford Studio, a wonderful place full of vibrant colours, fun events, stories that spark the imagination and artisan gifts for all ages. We welcome your comments any comments and suggestions you may have about what family activities you would love to see take place at our Studio.


To celebrate our new Barefoot Books World Atlas we held a World’s Fair at our Concord Studio. There was belly dancing with Shimmy Express, African dancing and drumming with local talents, Andean dancing, a performance by Omar Clavijo of the renowned Andean band Inca Son and story times led by Ukranian, Namibian and Mexican volunteers from Au Pair in America. For those of you who weren’t able to be there, here’s a look at the festivities!


Do you have young children in your life?

Do you live or play in and around the greater Boston, MA area?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, have we got some fun in store for you! We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Concord Studio Facebook page.


Did you know that this week is International Babywearing Week? We spoke with Jessica Mailman, the President of Boston Babywearers, a non-profit educational group that teaches parents and caregivers the joys of wearing their children and often holds events at our Concord Studio, to learn more about the hot new trend of babywearing. Read on for Jessica’s thoughts on the benefits of babywearing, tips for babywearing dads and more!