Continuing the Barefoot Journey






These are the first two Barefoot books I bought. One is a book with beautiful watercolor illustrations depicting a group of Masai children wandering through the Serengeti counting animals in English and Swahili. The other, is a magnificently illustrated book depicting a journey over the Silk Road from Xi’an to Kashgar. I gave these to our daughter when she turned two. A year later, shortly after my second child was born, I decided I not only needed more Barefoot books in our lives but I also needed to introduce more people to them, so I signed on as a Barefoot Ambassador.

The world of multi-level marketing is interesting and layered. It seems primarily populated by mom’s sequencing in or out of the work force or trying to supplement their household incomes. Big MLM companies include: Amway, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay and Avon. Smaller ones include Barefoot Books, Stella & Dot and Arbonne International. Starting out is very much like launching your own micro-business except the products are already established and there’s no overhead. Essentially, you get out of it what you put into it. Some people are wildly successful, highly motivated, and tirelessly active, others start out like a comet only to extinguish like a meteor a few months in.

For me, my kids’ library now is heavily weighted with Barefoot titles. I’ve organized school fund-raisers, hosted home book parties, had tables at holiday fairs and have made a commitment that nearly every children’s gift we’ve given in the past 3 years either has been a Barefoot book or a Barefoot product. Why am I telling you about all of this? Because I truly believe in Barefoot. The books are beautiful, the topics interesting and diverse and it’s something I can be involved in that I feel benefits my family in every way; whether I sell the books, purchase them for personal use or give them to others. I firmly believe that if we all broaden childrens’ horizons just a tiny bit more, we’ll help make the cultural gap even smaller.

So, if you don’t know Barefoot Books, I personally invite you to join me on the journey. As an added incentive, I’ll give you 15% off your first purchase (good until the end of 2010). Just enter this code: SCSHFT in the special offer box at check out. Or, if you’re already a Barefoot customer, share the code with as many family and friends as you’d like.

What are you waiting for? Kick of your shoes and go Barefoot!

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…

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