Posts tagged ‘sustainability’


Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with us – and your children – on April 22nd!

We only get one planet and it’s important to us that we treat Earth with the respect and care it deserves. We practice environmentally and socially conscious business and printing practices to personally reduce our footprint on the environment and we’ve found that practicing sustainability as a company promotes practicing sustainability individually.

The same can be true for your family! We create books that promote a culture of sustainability, green living, and a consciousness of our impact on the environment. It’s important to teach kids how they can help the planet – and these books can help. Here are our suggestions for some of our top books to share with your little ones on this important day:

Whole World

This book, accompanied by a sing along CD, reimagines the classic children’s song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and contextualizes it for a modern, global audience. After reading this book, your children will feel inspired knowing that all people from all walks of life across the globe care for the environment together. We believe that it’s important to show that all cultures and people are equally invested in protecting the environment. (Buy: North America / Europe)

What’s This? A Seed’s Story

What’s more poignant than a young girl stumbling upon a seed, helping it grow throughout all of spring, and then sharing the seeds with her classmates so they can all plant sunflowers together the following spring? What’s This? will teach the values of patience and generosity just in time for children to start planting their own flowers! (Buy: North America / Europe)

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales

To inspire children to care about the environment, it’s incredibly important to introduce them to Earth as a friend. As with any friendships, telling stories is how friendships grow. Earth Tales introduces children to many different myths and legends surrounding the creation of Earth and why things are the way they are. From Wales to Kazakhstan, many cultures are featured in this wonderful anthology of stories.
(Buy: North America / Europe)

Want to take your education a bit further? Consider doing one of these activities afterwards:

1. Skip the drive and instead walk to school, the grocery store, or the park

2. Have your child identify the recycling symbol on containers in your home and make a game out of putting them in your recycling bin

3. Plant a seed and watch as it grows – soon you’ll be able to plant it in the ground outside

4. Make signs to remind family members to turn off lights or the faucet when not in use

No matter how you choose to celebrate, teaching kids about Earth Day will be fun, educational, and a chance to make an impact on our planet. Show us how you are celebrating! Share your photos with us on our Barefoot Books Facebook page!


Autumn is upon us—and with it comes a rich bounty of seasonal foods to enjoy! We asked Maureen Karb*, our North American Sales Manager and go-to expert on all things harvest-related, to share a little more about the agricultural history of the season and her ideas for fun autumn activities children will love. In her words


Thank you for the feedback on last week’s post with Cat Jaffee, founder of Balyolu, a non-profit that helps women in rural Turkey found their own beekeeping businesses. Today, we are pleased to share part two of our post on beekeeping. We asked Victoria Tyler, our Fun First Steps Project Manager and daughter of a British beekeeper, to share her story about the plight of the urban honey bee. In her words


Providing children with stories that engage them in the natural world is an integral part of our mission at Barefoot Books, and we are therefore very excited to share this inspiring two-part blog post on beekeeping with you. Part one takes us to the rural landscape of Northeastern Turkey, and is the story of Cat Jaffee, founder of Balyolu, a non-profit honey business. In her words…


Barefoot Books believes that properly caring for the environment is one of the most important issues we face today. Checking out your local farmers’ market—a veritable treasure trove of delicious treats, homemade goods and more—is a wonderful way to help support a more sustainable future. We asked Maureen Karb, our North American Sales Manager, to share her story about the importance of farmers’ markets, as well as her personal connection to this wonderful tradition. In her words