February 24th, 2011

Barefoot Books Review and Giveaway

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Small, indie bookstores seem to be a dying breed, but I recently discovered a gem that is sure to last, right in my own backyard-just outside of Boston.  Barefoot Books is an independent children’s bookstore/publishing company with their flagship store located in the town of Concord, Massachusetts. My first visit to the studio literally took my breath away. The books were brought to life through the studios stunning layout and vibrant colors.  It was clear that this was much more than a children’s bookstore, it was a “happy place” as co-owner Nancy Traversy calls it. Turns out they are not only a bookstore, they offer a full calendar of activities (many are free!) for kids of all ages.  For those of you in New York, their second store is located inside FAO Schwartz in NYC.

A little bit about Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books was started by two mothers, Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland. They both wanted their children to have books that would “…feed the imagination, while instilling a respect for diversity and a love of the planet.” They have certainly succeeded. Each of their books introduces readers to values and traditions of different cultures along with magnificent illustrations.

Book Reviews

During a recent snowstorm I couldn’t have been more thrilled to receive a box filled with a selection of Barefoot Books for our family to check out.  My three boys (ages 10, 9 and 7) devoured each of the books, stopping only to share a picture or bits and pieces of each story.

Our favorites

Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass and Debbie Harter

Beautiful illustrations compliment this sweet, magical tale set in the fictional time of knights and dragons. Herb, a vegetarian dragon, teaches his carnivorous counterparts that it is possible for all living things to live together in peace and harmony.

Up, Up, Up with singalong CD by Susan Reed and Rachel Oldfield

This children’s picture book is a wonderful story about three children flying through the sky and around the world in a hot air balloon. The rhyming text and vibrant illustrations come alive with a CD that has a catchy tune, reminding us that the earth is our home and we must respect it.

My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste with illustrations by Sophie Fatus

This book was brought to Barefoot Books by one of my first yoga instructors, Baron Baptiste. Baron illustrates how so many yoga poses relate to everyday life.  He shows how children and parents can connect through yoga and how all of us can join together and act compassionately towards each other and towards our planet.

Kids’ Kitchen by Fiona Bird with illustrations by Roberta Arenson

This set of  40 cards is filled with delicious recipes that are healthy and easy to make.  My kids went through this entire deck of cards and selected 5 recipes they liked best.  Once the snow cleared we headed to the supermarket to buy a few ingredients. The cards reminded us that “we are what we eat”!

Bottom line

These books are incredible. Barefoot Books are quality crafted books that expose children and their families to a wide range of cultures, encouraging respect and love for each other and the earth.

Barefoot Books Ambassador Program

Interested in starting your own home business? Barefoot Books has a direct-selling opportunity as a way to earn income or fundraise for your child’s school by selling their incredible books and earning a commission. Click HERE to learn more.


**THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** Congratulations to Lisa F. the winner of The Adventures of Odysseus!

Barefoot Books is generously giving one Groovy Green Livin reader a Barefoot Books title of their choice! Check out the rules below and leave a comment on this giveaway by Monday, February 28, to enter to win.

Rules for entry:

  1. Head over to the Barefoot Books website and choose your favorite title.
  2. Come back and leave a comment telling us  which book you’d like.
  3. Be sure to include your name (first name and last initial are fine) and email so I can contact you if you win. Anonymous or SPAM-ish comments will be trashed.
  4. You must have a North American shipping address- no PO boxes.
  5. One lucky winner (drawn randomly via Random.org) will receive their choice of one Barefoot Books title. The winner will be notified directly via e-mail, and then listed on this post using first name only.
  6. Contest closes at midnight EST, Monday, February 28, 2011. Winner will be announced on March 1, 2011.

For Additional Chances to Win – Please leave separate comments to let me know you have done any of the following:

  1. Follow Barefoot Books @livebarefoot on Twitter
  2. ‘Like’ Barefoot Books on Facebook
  3. Subscribe to Groovy Green Livin via RSS feed or Email
  4. ‘Like’ Groovy Green Livin on Facebook
  5. Follow @Groovygreenlivi on Twitter

Good luck  and enjoy!

*Barefoot Books generously sent me a box filled with many of their wonderful titles for review.  All opinions in this post are my very own.

34 Responses to “Barefoot Books Review and Giveaway”

  1. The Adventures of Odysseus looks like a great read, particularly on the coattails of the Rick R. Olympian series!! What a great gem in Concord! Joan T.

  2. I think my son would LOVE The Barefoot Book of Pirates. Looks like a great place to visit next time I’m in Concord.

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  4. Oh, we love Barefoot Books and have several. We especially love Farmyard Jamboree, Magic Train Ride, and Port Side Pirates. We have given these books as gifts, as well.

    The book I think would be great for our family is My Daddy is a Pretzel. I would love a book that guides as a family in yoga — my son has really enjoyed his intro to yoga at school and it’s been a long time since I’ve had the time and funds to take a yoga class. So a guide to incorporating it into our lives at home in a fun way would be wonderful for us.

  5. Oh, and I’ve liked Barefoot Books on Facebook. 🙂

  6. The store looks so colorful and unique. Shakespeare’s Storybook looks interesting….

  7. We have some wonderful books, including The Barefoot Book of Princesses, The Barefoot Book of Faeries, and The Princess and the White Bear King.

    The Adventures of Odysseus would be a great addition to our book collection!

  8. I (of course!) like Groovy Green Livin on Facebook.

  9. I also like Barefoot Books on Facebook.

  10. I like bear’s busy day.

  11. I subscribed to your rss feed.

  12. my fave is herb the dragon, I’ve read it with some kids too.

  13. follow BB on twitter @cherrycobbler

  14. I want the barefoot book of princesses.

  15. We like the book The Gigantic Turnip, it is a great story to read together.

  16. Who is in the Forest? would be my choice!

  17. i am following Barefoot Books on twitter :).

  18. i liked Barefoot Books on Facebook…

  19. I enthusiastically subscribed to your website on my RSS feed….

  20. I liked Groovy Green Livin’ on Facebook and…

  21. I am following Groovy Green Livin on Twitter :).

  22. I would pick Baby’s First Book :).

  23. We love Barefoot book 🙂 Herb is our favorite

    The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales would be our choice

  24. And I like you on Facebook, and via Twitter and groovy green via email 🙂

  25. I’d love Listen, Listen.

  26. twitter follow them -kgail11

  27. email subscriber

  28. like them on FB

  29. like Barefoot Books on fb Julie S Laws

  30. like u on fb Julie S Laws

  31. Wow!! Barefoot Books looks like such a magical place!! I may have to trek into the city to explore the FAO Sschwartz location!! I’d have to pick “The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales” looks like such lovely book and it has bonus craft ideas.
    Barefoot Books on Twitter, Facebook – check!
    Lori, I already like you and follow you awesome green mama- off share this contest with the beans!!

  32. For a darling one year old little girl, I would choose
    “Clare Beaton’s Action Rhymes”…so we coud learn and play together in enchanting and happy ways, when I visit!

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