Traveling the world, Barefoot

A Barefoot World

Four and a half years ago, I became a mom and started amassing children’s books. A year later, my library was still shockingly short on titles that involved international subjects, foreign lands or multi-ethnic themes. Having a bi-racial family and trying to raise global citizens meant exposing them to a broader range of topics than I was finding on display tables at big-box book shops. The variety was better at independent retailers but I still hadn’t come upon any particular publisher that resonated with me. Not until I found Barefoot Books that is.

Perhaps I’m a little pickier than average parents because writing is a personal passion; in college, I double-minored in English (Poetry and Film Studies) and I hold a Master’s Degree in Journalism. This isn’t to claim that I am a great writer by any means, just that I’ve been exposed to some really great writing. And while Robert McCloskey remains my favorite children’s author (perhaps it’s his subject matter), followed closely by E.B. White and Roald Dahl, as far as publisher’s go, Barefoot’s got my vote. And though they may not have any Caldecott Medals to their name (to win this award, both illustrator and author must be US citizens; a claim Barefoot can seldom make), their books are culturally interesting, age appropriate, thought provoking and visually stimulating.

I’m hooked and shortly, I’ll tell you why…


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica Samuels
    Nov 19, 2010 @ 20:49:59

    This is great, thanks for the link to the multicultural books. I can totally relate about trying to bring culture and awareness of the globe to my daughter, who is 3 years old. I found these in a catalogue and put them on my daughter’s Christmas list. They are around-the-world themed dress up clothes:|productSubCat~~p|2534374302101189~~f|/Assortments/Lakeshore/ShopByCategory/dramaticplay/viewall.jsp

    They are pricey, but if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you may be able to try to make something similar yourself. (I am not so good with a sewing machine!)

    Veronica Samuels


    • growingmuses
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 10:00:27

      Veronica, Thanks for your comments. Though I’ve long been a writer, blogging is a new venue for me. It’s exciting to get comments from new readers, especially ones I’ve never met. I checked out your blog and it’s really relevant and interesting, way to go! If you’ve never ordered Barefoot Books before, please accept my offer of 15% off your order (Plus, free shipping if your order’s over $60). Just enter this code: SCSHFT in the special offers box at check out. Hope to see more of you around the blogosphere!


      • Veronica Samuels
        Nov 24, 2010 @ 18:52:33

        Thank you for the discount — that’s so nice! 🙂

        I agree. It is fun to find people on here that are interested in the same things, and I learn so much from everyone, too!

        Veronica Samuels

  2. slightlywonky
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 20:18:53

    I love Barefoot Books! They are always so interesting/different, with lovely stories and beautiful illustrations. Wonderful gifts for kids this holiday season too! (especially the song CDs!)


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