Posts tagged ‘storytime’

For more than 100 years, people have been giving books to loved ones as gifts. Books are a wonderfully thoughtful way to thoughtfully tell someone you care. When you inscribe the books and wrap them up with add a personal message, the lucky recipients will enjoy complimentary goodies to enjoy with the book (think hot chocolate), and remember you every time they open the book.

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.

Roll up, roll up! At 3.00pm on Sunday 16 September, one of Britain’s best-loved, award-winning actors, Unicorn President Juliet Stevenson will read aloud from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s best-seller, The Tear Thief.

Storytime will always have a special place in our family, no matter what age our children are. They are the kids who will not put their heads on the pillow until they have at least twenty solid, uninterrupted minutes of mom and dad reading to them. We’re talking books; the good, old-fashioned kind that make a distinct rustling noise when you turn the page. As much as we love reading with our children (it’s not just their favorite part of the day, it’s ours too!), now that our kids are reading proficiently on their own at ages six and ten, storytime is quite a bit different than it was back when they were contented lap babies and squirmy toddlers. It’s not better or worse, just different.

Today, we’re excited to share more about our new Monster Stories series with you. Our Young Fiction Editor, Katie Livesey, recently visited a class of six-year-olds and read The Terrible Chenoo: A Story from North America to them. Read on for the children’s reaction to this fun, colourful tale, as well as Katie’s reasons why our Early Readers are the perfect tool to hone early literacy skills. In her words…

Thanks for all your wonderful feedback on part one of this post! Read on for part two, which is full of great storytime tips and memories from our Barefoot Books Ambassador, Colleen O’Hearn.

It has been shown time and again that children who are read to at home are more likely to do well in school and in life. With this in mind, we reached out to our Ambassador community and asked what storytime is like in their families. Read on for a Q & A about storytime with Barefoot Books Ambassdor Ellisha Caplan, and check back in next week for part two with Barefoot Books Ambassador Colleen O’Hearn.

…a new Studio has opened, and it’s like nothing you have seen before. If you don’t believe me, come along to 294 Banbury Road, Oxford and step inside. Yes, we are finally open for business! The drills have been packed up, the floors have been swept and polished, and the builders have gone.  Instead, every time the door opens, another curious customer comes in, often with a small child or three in tow. Slowly and surely, one day at a time, the word is spreading. We have all kinds of family-friendly activities, from arts and crafts to pyjama-time storytelling – here are a few images from the first week in our new world…

Today is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day! We spoke with Stephanie Meade, founder and CEO of InCulture Parent, an online magazine for parents of young global citizens, to learn about the ways books can literally open up a whole new world for children. Please read on for our Q & A with Stephanie, and learn all about how she uses books to teach her daughters about their multicultural heritage, her tips for raising bilingual children and more!

We recently had a lovely visit from Donna Jaffe, owner of Peaceable Kingdom, in which she paired Barefoot books with Peaceable Kingdom games for a morning of storytelling and cooperative play. We asked Donna to be our guest blogger today and share her thoughts about the event. In her words…