Posts tagged ‘school’


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.’


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!


Meet Carolyn – a mother of two boys and a Barefoot Books Ambassador! Read on to get her full story.


This summer, I stayed with a good friend who has educated both of her daughters at a local Waldorf school. Somehow or other, we found ourselves talking about the challenge of screens and mobile devices in family life and how this affects intimacy between parents and children. I found myself remembering the early body language of a little girl whose Mum was more often than not on her mobile phone while she was going about her day, head and neck tilted towards her right shoulder. When she started walking independently, her daughter mimicked this body language, tilting her own head and neck over to the right and hunching up her shoulder. Happily, her Mum realised the error of her ways and took more care about when she used her phone and how.


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!


Meet Naomi – a mother of two and a Barefoot Books Ambassador! Read on to get her full story.


Meet Nicola – a mom of 3, soon to be 4, and a Barefoot Books Ambassador! Read on to get her full story.


Meet Jennifer – a new-to-the-team Barefoot Books Ambassador! Read on to get her full story.