Posts tagged ‘learning’


No story I heard last week has touched me as much as this one. It comes from a girlfriend, Annabel Huxley, who on Thursday evening ran a debate at the Zoological Society of London on the animals we cannot survive without. Here is the story, with thanks to Annabel for sharing.


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.


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.


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.’


As I drove home to Somerset from Oxford last Friday, there was a lively debate on the radio about the merits and demerits of assigning homework to children at infant school.


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!


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!


Over the past decade, home schooling has become an increasingly popular choice for parents in North America. With this in mind, we spoke with Barefoot Books Ambassador Leader and home schooling mother Jennifer Butler-Brown to learn more about the benefits of this form of education. Read on to learn how Jennifer uses our books as teaching aids and how she manages to balance her direct selling business with her responsibilities as a parent and teacher!


Today we are pleased to have guest blogger, and our very own PR intern, Katie Rossi share tips on how books like our new Peek-a-boo series title Who’s in the Farmyard? can help engage young readers, even if they might be a little reluctant to enjoy story time at first. In her words…


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.