Posts tagged ‘inspiring’


April showers bring May flowers, and what better way to welcome a fresh bunch than with a simple and fun craft? These paper tulips are easy to make and look beautiful grouped in a bouquet or connected with string and hung from a window.


There are many animals on the farm in A Farmer’s Life for Me, like wooly sheep, clucking hens, a big pig with her piglets and beautiful grazing horses. In this craft you will make your own paper bag horse, inspired by the ones in the story! Be creative with the colours of the mane, add a kerchief to your horse’s neck for some fashionable flare or use a wrapping paper tube to make a homemade riding horse!


 

Today, we are excited to share with you an interview with a creative member of the Barefoot Books team. José-Luis Olivares, Graphic Designer, spends his days designing visual materials for our website, our Ambassadors, our studios and even this blog! José-Luis is an innovative cartoonist and illustrator in addition to working in the design team in our US office. Read on to learn more about José-Luis!


This past January, many thousands of families across North America received a Barefoot Book in their Citrus Lane box, much to the delight of their children. Citrus Lane provides monthly boxes to help parents support their children’s learning and have fun at the same time.

In today’s interview, we’re pleased to share some insights from Mauria Finley, Founder and CEO of Citrus Lane. The synergies between our companies are many, including a commitment to sparking children’s imaginations; providing high-quality content that delights children and adults alike; and supporting an entrepreneurial, creative community that has families at its heart. Our books will be surprising Citrus Lane subscribers in the near future ­— the fun didn’t stop in January! If you’re interested in learning more or joining the Citrus Lane community, you can visit their site at www.citruslane.com.


In The Girl with a Brave Heart, Shiraz befriends an old woman by helping to tidy her house, clean up her garden and comb her hair. The story takes place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, formerly known as Persia. Colourful, intricately painted tiles decorated the floors and walls of houses, palaces and houses of worship in this part of the world. In this activity, you will create your own mosaic tile inspired by The Girl with a Brave Heart and traditional Persian tiles.


Today, we are excited to share with you the seventh in our series of posts highlighting members of the Barefoot Books team. Beth Hancock, Publishing Assistant, spends her days editing, project managing, and handling PR in the UK. Beth’s versatile role here at Barefoot Books always keeps her on her toes. Read on to learn more about Beth and her work at Barefoot Books!


A penniless man passes a street vendor. All he has to eat is a crust of bread he has picked up from the street. From the vendor’s cooking pots wafts a delicious aroma. The man stops to soften his bread in the steam, only to find the vendor’s hand on his shoulder. As far as the vendor is concerned, the poor man should be paying to let the steam add flavour his bread.


Neil Griffiths is known around the world for his exceptional storytelling skills. A former headteacher and the founder of Storysacks, he is in constant demand as a presenter. Here, he shares some of the ways in which he turns children into happy, hungry-for-more readers. We hope his tips inspire you to pick up your child, race to the nearest bookshelf, choose a book, find a quiet corner, and sit down to read together.


If you were born in the Year of the Snake, you are said to be calm, wise and elegant. Celebrate Chinese New Year and the wise Snakes in your community with this lively mobile! Have fun with colour and embellishments to make your snake the most dazzling of them all!


 

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!