For a few years, I had a small business selling children’s books from the independent publisher, Barefoot Books, out of my home. My daughter was about a year old when I started, and it was a great way for me to get out of the house, engage with the adult world, and make a little money on the side. I was drawn to Barefoot Books because of the quality of their products, the beautiful artistry, the multicultural stories, and their commitment to sustainability. A few years later, life became busier, and I was no longer able to commit the necessary time to running my Barefoot Books business. Although I haven’t been an active Ambassador for them in quite a while, I still love their books.
The board book, Listen, Listen, was my introduction to Barefoot Books. My daughter received it as a gift for her first birthday, and I fell in love with it right away. I’m a sucker for seasonal change, and Listen, Listen walks the reader through the natural beauty of the four seasons. My husband and I read this book to our daughter countless times, and it actually gave us our first window into her understanding of language. Before she could speak a single (clear) word, we would open up Listen, Listen, and tell her to point to the owl, or the sunflower, or the bee. Much to our amazement, she pointed right to the objects we named for her! I’m certain that she learned quite a few new words from the time we spent reading this book to her.
The rhythmic, rhyming text by Phillis Gershator, highlights the sights and sounds of the seasons. To this day, I often find myself saying, “Sizzle, sizzle, summer sun,” on hot summer days. But it’s Alison Jay’s illustrations that I absolutely adore.
A second favorite Barefoot Books title of mine is I Took the Moon for a Walk, also illustrated by Alison Jay (and written by Carolyn Curtis). This one is about a boy who, well, takes the moon for a walk one night. It walks the reader through the nocturnal sights and sounds the unlikely pair encounters on their excursion together. This is an especially good book for kids with a fear of nighttime or darkness.
Although I no longer actively sell Barefoot Books products, I still have some remaining inventory, and I’d like to share it with my much-appreciated readers. The first books I’m giving away are these two gorgeous board books, Listen, Listen, and I Took the Moon for a Walk. To win this set, enter below. This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Wednesday, October 12th. Good luck!!
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