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In and out. Whisper and shout. Learning opposites is what we’re all about!

About the Book

New release Outdoor Opposites (North America | Europe) is great book for any early learner. With beautiful images and easy-to-read text, this book is a must for your bookshelf.

Grab your backpack and head into the countryside for a camping adventure full of contrasts! Little ones love to try out the opposite actions as they sing and dance along. Enhanced CD includes audio singalong and video animation. Watch as this book comes to life and join the cheerful characters in dancing to opposites with our new YouTube video.

Notables to Notice from Senior Editor, Kate DePalma:

  • Diversity – The featured children in Outdoor Opposites represent different races, genders and abilities.
  • Outdoor Play - From apple picking to camping by a fireside, kids are pictured in active play, enjoying and embracing the outdoors.
  • Seek and Find – Kids will love looking for the adorable fox on every page of this book.

Reviews of Outdoor Opposites:

  • “This book is a welcome departure from standard fare about opposites that only shows opposing words. Instead, this one offers space for conversation on similarities and differences among individual interests.” — School Library Journal
  • “Oldfield’s use of bright and sunny colors complements the multiethnic cast, drawing in the most diverse of readers…An ebullient book with catchy, rhyming text that’s fun to read again and again at home, in the classroom or under a tree.” — Kirkus Reviews

Love the illustrations by Rachel Oldfield? You’ll also love her illustrated work Up, Up, Up! from Barefoot Books. (North AmericaEurope)

Grab both beautiful works for your collection today!


When I first got into publishing, I had some quite inaccurate ideas about what editors do. I was sure that being an editor meant always having your red pen in hand, reading manuscripts and cogitating about literature all day. I do read a lot of manuscripts and I am never far from a red pen. But making a Barefoot Books singalong song also includes a lot of tasks that red pens can’t help with, including:


If you download our Singalongs from Youtube, you will already know that the most popular one is Driving My Tractor, written and composed by Jan Dobbins. Farms may be far away from the everyday lives of many of us, but they retain a considerable allure for small children. I grew up in rural Yorkshire, with calves and sheep, chickens and piglets among my playmates, so I feel a certain nostalgic delight about this project, as well as a debt of gratitude to author and composer Jan Dobbins for having conjured up another compelling tune. I was dismayed last summer to read in the Daily Mail that most teenagers have no idea where butter comes from. As for bacon – a third don’t know it has anything to do with pigs and 3 percent think it comes from cows. You won’t be surprised to hear that many don’t know where eggs or milk come from either.


Treat yourself and the young music-lovers in your life to the latest animated video in our collection! Multi-talented SteveSongs is the author and performer of The Shape Song Swingalong, a colorful, fun-filled adventure in learning how to draw with basic shapes. We asked SteveSongs a few quick questions to learn more about him and the story behind this new Barefoot book.


Keep the excitement for the new school year going with our new Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush animated video! This wonderful addition to our collection of animated singalongs follows the morning routines of four children from different countries—India, England, Mali and China—as they get ready for school.


Thank you all for the enthusiastic response to our recent Over in the Meadow video. We were so inspired by your comments that we thought we’d keep the fun going, so today we’re excited to share with you the latest video in our collection. Treat yourself and the young music-lovers in your life to a round-the-world flyaway adventure and let us know what you think in the comments below.