Posts tagged ‘culture’


Next month, our Barefoot World Atlas app turns one year old. What a year it has been! The app has received phenomenal acclaim from children, adults, and mainstream media alike. It’s now available in English, Spanish, Catalan and French with more languages available soon. We have won a whole passel of awards and recognition, including Time Magazine’s Top 25 Apps for Kids, Apple® Editor’s Choice, and even Apple® App of the Week. Wired calls it “tactile, responsive, immersive, and educational.” And we couldn’t agree more!


 

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!


It’s over forty years since the summer of 1966, when the Red Guards stormed into the homes and lives of families across China, and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution gained an unstoppable momentum. For eight-year-old Guo Yue, one of a family of six children growing up in a traditional courtyard in the backstreets of Beijing, this was an unforgettable summer. The story of that summer is hauntingly retold by Yue and his wife, Clare Farrow, in his memoir, Little Leap Forward.


We’re in the thick of the festive season and were wondering how families celebrate this time of year. We asked our friends on our Facebook page and were so excited by all of the responses (nearly 100!) that we wanted to share some of them them all with you. Read on for some favorites!


This time last year, I was present-hunting in Exmouth Market, London, when I came across an enchanting selection of hand-woven cotton toys. When I noticed that they had been produced by a company called Barefoot Ceylon, I was even more intrigued. I bought two of the animals as Christmas gifts for Nancy and her husband Marty.


For Jewish people everywhere, Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates miracles and is often enjoyed with festive family celebrations that include the making (and eating!) of delicious potato pancakes called latkes, playing a game of dreidel, and lighting the candles of a menorah.


I had a rare, rewarding experience this year – a moment when all the various strands of my life seemed to align, offering a glimmer of validation for my role as a parent and for my work at Barefoot. In that moment, I was able to put all of the complexities of my life in refreshingly simple perspective. In August, I embarked on an unforgettable adventure with my eldest daughter Meaghan to create a children’s library in Sebikotane, a small village in Senegal in West Africa.


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.


Today as I was reflecting on the success of the Barefoot World Atlas app, I realized that the book that started it all, the Barefoot Books World Atlas has been out for over a year. Happy birthday, BBWA! I always love noticing little mistakes in movies and catching typos in everyday life, so I’d like to celebrate the atlas’s birthday by sharing some of my favorite editorial mishaps that almost made it into the published book.


Owl-eyed Group Managing Editor Kate DePalma poured all of her love and enthusiasm for Homer’s Iliad into The Adventures of Achilles, a new addition to the Barefoot Books collection. Read on about Kate’s epic journey into the world of the mighty Achilles!