Posts tagged ‘travel’


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In a tiny village, in a valley, high in the mountains of Tibet, a little boy was born. He loved to fly kites. On clear nights he liked to look up at the Milky Way and the stars. “There are other worlds up there,” he said to himself. “Someday I’m going to visit them…” So begins the story of The Mountains of Tibet, one of the first books published by Barefoot Books back in 1993.


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WIth a Komodo Dragon in Indonesia

Oh, the bittersweet transition from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer…

I relish our family summer holiday time – our spirited conversations over dinner, on car journeys and long walks– reminiscing about previous holidays, singing, dancing and sharing funny moments. It is our chance, in our otherwise frenzied existence, to unwind and just be together.


Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

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When I signed up to take Tropical Ecology as an undergraduate at Loyola University New Orleans, I had no idea that the final exam would be a two-week trip to Belize. Imagine my surprise on the first day of class as my professor, Dr. Bob, explained that we’d be spending time at a jaguar sanctuary, in a modern Mayan village and on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean to learn first-hand about the flora and fauna of the tropics. I packed up my dad’s old yellow hiking backpack with sunscreen and bathing suits and got ready to explore Belize.


It’s over forty years since the summer of 1966, when the Red Guards stormed into the homes and lives of families across China, and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution gained an unstoppable momentum. For eight-year-old Guo Yue, one of a family of six children growing up in a traditional courtyard in the backstreets of Beijing, this was an unforgettable summer. The story of that summer is hauntingly retold by Yue and his wife, Clare Farrow, in his memoir, Little Leap Forward.


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.


Today as I was reflecting on the success of the Barefoot World Atlas app, I realized that the book that started it all, the Barefoot Books World Atlas has been out for over a year. Happy birthday, BBWA! I always love noticing little mistakes in movies and catching typos in everyday life, so I’d like to celebrate the atlas’s birthday by sharing some of my favorite editorial mishaps that almost made it into the published book.


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!


I am not an attentive follower of daily news, but this past week I sat up and took notice. The election results in Burma, returning Aung San Suu Kyi and 43 members of her National League for Democracy to the Burmese Parliament, made me want to dance in the street. Like many westerners, I have been inspired for decades by the quiet grace and heroism of this exceptional woman. I have also been inspired by the country to which she is committed: it is thirty years to the week since I was lucky enough to visit Burma.


Food trucks are becoming one of the hottest trends in dining out here in the States. Many estimates claim there are several thousand food trucks throughout the US, with more than 10 popping up in major cities each week. If you haven’t had a chance to taste for yourself what it’s all about, maybe this interview with Ed Cornelia, owner and operator of the popular Silk Road BBQ truck in Boston, will be all you need to become a food truck-aholic. It did for me! First, a bit of background:


When you’re working on a project with—literally— the scope of the world, it’s bound to be a big one. Today we are delighted to share with you the official debut of the Barefoot Books World Atlas, an interactive, multi-layered project that makes the world fascinating and accessible for young explorers. We shared a preview of the Atlas over the summer, but now we’ve “got the whole world in our hands!” Read on to learn about a special promotion we are offering to celebrate this new Barefoot Books title!