Posts tagged ‘environment’

Boston Children’s Hospital provides health care for children who come from all over the world to be treated by its world class medical professionals. In addition to top-rate medical care, the young patients at the hospital have access to a team of professional artists or Artists-in-Residence to help them express their feelings.

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.

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.

A big thank you to everyone who responded to my recent blogpost on homework. I spent last week ill in bed with flue and during this time I was very interested to hear that Francois Holland, President of France, has just put a ban on homework. His argument is that ‘an education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home.’

Today, we are excited to share with you the sixth in our series of posts highlighting members of the Barefoot Books team. Katie Livesey, Commissioning Editor, uses her sharp eyes and ears to find new stories to bring to the growing list of Barefoot Books titles. She is also quite the world traveler – here she is in Tanzania, next to a river full of crocodiles and hippopotami! Read on to learn more about Katie and her work at Barefoot Books!

Thank you for the feedback on last week’s post with Cat Jaffee, founder of Balyolu, a non-profit that helps women in rural Turkey found their own beekeeping businesses. Today, we are pleased to share part two of our post on beekeeping. We asked Victoria Tyler, our Fun First Steps Project Manager and daughter of a British beekeeper, to share her story about the plight of the urban honey bee. In her words

Providing children with stories that engage them in the natural world is an integral part of our mission at Barefoot Books, and we are therefore very excited to share this inspiring two-part blog post on beekeeping with you. Part one takes us to the rural landscape of Northeastern Turkey, and is the story of Cat Jaffee, founder of Balyolu, a non-profit honey business. In her words…

Barefoot Books believes that properly caring for the environment is one of the most important issues we face today. Checking out your local farmers’ market—a veritable treasure trove of delicious treats, homemade goods and more—is a wonderful way to help support a more sustainable future. We asked Maureen Karb, our North American Sales Manager, to share her story about the importance of farmers’ markets, as well as her personal connection to this wonderful tradition. In her words

Do you know any houses that have a noticeable sense of place, a spirit that the Romans knew and spoke of as the ‘genius loci?’ One house that carries this quality for me is the home in southwest France of my business partner, Nancy, and her family. I have just returned from my annual summer visit to the house, and each time I go there I have the same sensation: whenever I open the front door, I feel as if I am being met and welcomed by someone or ones who have lived here before.