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Princess of Springs Blog

Illustration by Martina Peluso from the upcoming The Princess of the Springs

American academic Jack Zipes is what a British newspaper calls the ‘Merlin of folklore studies.’  He has spent his life stepping inside stories and has written and edited scores of books, including The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales and The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature. He is passionate about fairy tales, their meaning and their importance. He believes in the power of fairy tales to hold up a mirror to our lives and show us ‘the gaps between truth and falsehood in our immediate society.’ Like all of us at Barefoot, Jack is convinced that story is not a commodity or entertainment but a means to explore and express ideas. So how lucky a few of the Barefoot Books Oxford office’s editorial team felt when we had the chance to listen to him talk at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) in London.


Telling a story without a book as a safety net can seem very scary, but it’s a wonderful way to share a story. So if you have a favourite Barefoot fairy tale or animal fable or goddess myth here’s how to go about sharing it with an audience of children:


The mission statement that runs in all of our books says, “At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life.” Our content team is passionately committed to creating books that are inclusive for children of all races, genders, abilities and backgrounds. So when we saw a call for papers about diversity, inclusion and equality in children’s literature, we were all over it!


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.