Posts tagged ‘contest’


To mark National Storytelling Week (28 January to 3 February), we are teaming up with Giraffe Restaurants to present ‘Tell Us A Story’ – a week devoted to getting children excited about turning those pages.


Do you have a favourite Barefoot Books title from the last year? The 2012 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards are now accepting nominations for titles released between October 2011 and October 2012. Help us gain consideration by clicking here and filling out the nomination form. Nomination period closes on 15 October. Click Read More to see our eligible titles.


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Clote Lewis, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast comes from the book Tales from Old Ireland. In “The Twelve Wild Geese,” a Queen wants a daughter so badly, she offers to give up her twelve sons. An old woman turns the sons to geese as punishment for the selfish wish, but Princess Bevin is determined to save her brothers from their feathery fate. Tune in to find out if she can keep quiet for five years while she weaves twelve shirts!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Adele Knight, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is a French tale about a king and a queen who cannot have children, so they adopt a white rat. One day, a magician comes to the kingdom and transforms the rat into a princess, but he tells the king and queen that he cannot change the princess’ true self. Tune in to find out what true self the princess has!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Pippa Saunders, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear the story that inspired Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale! In “The Flower Princess” from Shakespeare’s Storybook, the King of Cecelia causes his wife to die of despair and orders for his daughter Flora to be released into the river because he is ashamed of their commonness. Years later, Prince Bruno of Bohemia falls in love with Flora, but the King doesn’t approve of her gardener foster parents. Be sure to tune in to find out if Bruno can be reunited with his lost love!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Helen Macdonald, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast comes from “The Colt Qeytas” in the book, Magic Hoofbeats. In this Iranian story, the prince’s trusted horse helps him escape an evil stepmother. The prince disguises himself as a gardener in a neighboring kingdom, and wins the heart of the youngest princess. Tune in to find out if the king will allow his daughter to marry a raggedy gardener!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Allison C. Diehl, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast comes from the book Grandmothers’ Stories.  In this Irish tale, a widow and her daughter are so tired from a day’s work, they forget to pour out the water they washed their feet with before they go to bed. Feetwater spirits invade their home, making a lot of noise and mischief. Tune in to find out what advice the Wise Woman gives the daughter to get rid of these wild spirits!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Carine Robin, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

In “The Rabbit in the Moon” from our anthology, The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, a rabbit and her friends wish to spread love and kindness to those who experience sadness and hardship. The otter will give away all of the fish he catches, the monkey will give away all of the mangoes he picks, and the elephant will share the locations of the springs she finds. Tune in to find out what sacrifice the rabbit is willing to make in order to help others!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Amber Guillet, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast comes from our anthology Tales from Old Ireland. In “Lusmore and the Faeries,” a man with a hump on his back enchants the faeries of Knockgrafton when he improves upon a song he overhears them singing. As a reward for his creativity and kindness, they remove the hump on his back. Be sure to tune in to see what happens when Jack Madden, a grumpy man, tries to trick the faeries into removing his own hump, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Shari Novak, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast comes from our anthology The Barefoot Book of Knights. In “The Knight of the Swan,” Evil Queen Matabrunne dislikes her son’s bride. When her seven grandchildren are born with silver chains around their necks, she realizes that the babies are no ordinary children, and she tries again and again to ensure their demise. Tune in to learn the fate of the children, and read on for a chance to win!