{GiveAway} September Barefoot Books Facebook GiveAway

Have you been on my Barefoot Books Facebook page lately? Did you see I’m doing ANOTHER book giveaway?

This time, you have the chance to win “African Animals ABC.”  I love the pictures in this book- they are so beautiful and interesting! I also love the unique animals my kids get to see while flipping through the pages.

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What are you waiting for? Head over to Facebook to snag an entry!!

{GiveAway} August Facebook Giveaway with Beth’s Barefoot Books!

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“Secret Seahorse” is one of my favorite books from Barefoot Books!  Clare Beaton is one of my favorite Barefoot illustrators- you can almost feel the felt she used to create her whimsical and vibrant images.  Explore the ocean while looking for the seahorses in this lovely little paperback, then read the educational end-notes about the sea and the creatures that live there.

Entering the contest is easy- and it’s open for the ENTIRE month of August!  Just head over to Beth’s Barefoot Books on Facebook and find the Secret Seahorse GiveAway image.  Then leave a comment sharing something you did this summer.  That’s it!  One commenter will be randomly selected to win a paperback copy of the book.

What are you waiting for?  Head over there now…I’d love to hear about your summer!

Barefoot Books Facebook Party Recap

Last night’s Barefoot Books Facebook party was a lot of fun! I was so glad to have so many folks join me- some new friends, as well as some old ones. The party page is still open and available for folks who want to browse through the posts and conversation. And anyone is welcome to get in on the party order- just make sure you contact me before April 18th since that’s when I’ll be finalizing everything.

You’ll have to go to the Facebook party page for all the conversation and reading-together tips that we discussed, but here’s a look at the books I highlighted last night.  I still can’t get enough of our new releases…

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You’re Invited!!

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I’m hosting a virtual (live, online) Barefoot Books Facebook Party on April 13 (8:00PM Eastern), and you are invited!

Spring has bought some awesome new releases to the Barefoot Books inventory, and I would love the opportunity to share them with you!  Of course we also have some of our “old” favorites that I absolutely have to mention, so we’ll be looking at those, as well.  Just for attending, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a FREE surprise book!  And each friend you invite (who also attends) will earn you an additional raffle entry.  We’ll also have some other prizes throughout the evening, so you definitely don’t want to miss out.

Hop over to the event page and RSVP by clicking “Join” so you will be added to the event.  And don’t forget to log onto Facebook and visit the event page on April 13 at 8:00PM (Eastern) to participate and see all the amazing things Barefoot has to offer!

Hope to “see” you there!

A Barefoot Books Story Time!

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be doing my first Barefoot Books story time this weekend!  If you are in the Cincinnati area and have littles you’re looking to entertain, why not come out and join me (and bring a friend, or two, or more)?  The story time will be targeted to kids under 5, but all ages are more than welcome to attend!  I promise to make it a fun and engaging afternoon.

We’ll get the wiggles and the giggles out as we roar along with “I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur“, practice our counting and animal sounds with “The Gigantic Turnip“, and get our groove on with “The Animal Boogie“.  If we have time, there may also be some other surprise books for us to explore!

I’ll also have some copies of the books we’re reading available for purchase, as well as a selection of other great titles for this age group.  Of course, if I don’t have something on hand, I can always order it for you, or, better yet, you can book a party and get it for free!  Party hosts who commit to a party on Saturday will get a special deal from me, on top of the great incentives provided by Barefoot Books!

I do hope you’ll join me!  Questions?  Ping my Barefoot Books page on Facebook or post a comment here!

Hope to see you there… happy reading!

Read Together Tuesdays {Series}

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Today’s featured book is…
“Bear About Town”

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Ian loves the Bear books, and this one is no exception.  It all started with “Bear Takes a Trip” (another fantastic story we read frequently, as evidenced by the fact it goes with us EVERYWHERE and is much abused loved).  Ian and I were so enamored with the story (and the bright, colorful, PACKED pages) that we slowly started growing our Bear collection.  “Bear About Town” is great because it follows Bear on his adventures on each day of the week.  We love learning what Bear did on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.  It also lets us talk about what day it is TODAY and TOMORROW, and what we do on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.  This is great for open discussion with your child!

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Like most (nearly all?) of the Bear books, this one also comes in a Spanish version.  Super cool if you have a kid who is a native Spanish speaker, already bilingual, or is learning Spanish as another language.

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You can purchase “Bear About Town” in English here for just $6.99 (paperback or board book). If you want the Spanish version, you can get it here, also $6.99 (paperback only).

Happy reading!!

Two new releases from Barefoot Books, a spring SALE, and a giveaway!

I love it when I get to share awesome new Barefoot Books news and information! We have 2 new releases that I absolutely LOVE- you will definitely want to get your hands on them.

Millie’s Chickens

hardcover, $16.99 / paperback, $8.99

Tend Millie’s backyard chickens from day to night in this rhyming picture book, which is right on trend and packed with STEM-friendly science info. (Ages 5-9)

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Why buy it?
– FARM-TO-TABLE: Locavore theme focuses on where food comes from and gives an appreciation for the hard work behind it
– URBAN FARMING: Backyard setting reflects urban farming trend and makes this agricultural experience accessible to most readers
– BIOLOGY: Includes eight pages of educational endnotes about chickens, from breeding to preparing eggs for eating
– RESPONSIBILITY: Depicts both the effort and rewards of caring for animals yourself

You can also buy a Millie’s chicken gift set for $15.99 (retail price $17.98), which includes the paperback edition of Millie’s Chickens and the Chick Finger Puppet:

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Daddy Island

paperback, $7.99

This gentle, lyrical picture book will inspire parent-child play from playtime to bedtime.

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Why buy it?
– PHYSICAL PLAY: This gentle story guides fun physical partner-play between parent and child
– FAMILIAL BONDS: Celebrates the special bond between parent and child
– LYRICAL TEXT: Stimulates language building through vivid vocabulary and imagery

And we’re also in the middle of our spring sale, so don’t delay- head on over to Barefoot now to check out all we have to offer AND save!

“Millie’s Chickens” is such a hit that I’m giving away ONE copy! Enter below:
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Shopping for a Cause

On December 27, 2014 a family in my local area was headed home from a holiday visit in Tennessee when they were involved in a tragic car accident. Mom Missy Meade, Gage (12), and Hannah (5) were all involved.  Missy died a few days after the accident and Gage was ejected from the car sustaining severe injuries.  Obviously the family (and community) is reeling in the aftermath of this horrific tragedy.

Wanting to help, a local group of moms banded together and began organizing a fundraiser to support the family.  After months of planning, that fundraiser is going to take place this weekend… Saturday from 4-8pm at Echo Church: 3187 Western Row, Maineville, OH.  There will be raffle baskets, food, entertainment, free childcare, and 70+ local vendors and businesses in attendance (for more information, check out the facebook event page).

The amount of work that has gone into organizing this event has been absolutely amazing, and I am extremely honored to be one of the vendors participating, representing Barefoot Books.  One of the things I love most about being a Barefoot Books Ambassador is that I have the ability to be active in the community and support local organizations and fundraisers, like this one.  It’s such a special and rewarding thing, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening.

In addition to the items I donated for the raffle baskets and my table fee, I’m also going to be donating 10% of my sales.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this family must be going through, and I feel compelled to help however I can.  If you’re in the local Cincinnati area, I urge you to come on out to the fundraiser.  Whether you buy from me or not, whether you stay long or not, I hope you’ll be there- every person who attends is one more person showing support for this family and their struggle.

If you’re not local, or you have other obligations tomorrow night, you can shop online via my Barefoot Books marketplace and still support this cause.  I’ve set up a special event link that will flag online orders made through this URL (http://bit.ly/meade-family) and tag them as part of the fundraiser effort.  10% of sales from online orders placed via the URL will also be donated to the Meade family.

Please help me spread the word, and let’s see what difference we can make for this family at this difficult time.

Read Together Tuesdays {Series}

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Today’s featured book is…
“I Took the Moon for a Walk”

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This has always been one of my absolute favorite books from Barefoot.  The rhyme is just so soothing, and the illustrations are wonderful.  And, as with many of our books, this one has some lovely endnotes with facts about the moon and various nocturnal animals.

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I think what I like most about this book, though, is that it helps illustrate that night time is really not that scary, especially when you have a friend like the moon by your side.  Really fantastic for kids who are afraid of the dark or having a hard time going to sleep at night.  I also love that this can easily substitute for “Goodnight Moon” and give us a much needed break from reading that story for the millionth time (don’t get me wrong, I like “Goodnight Moon”- but it’s nice to have a different moon story!!).

“I Took the Moon for a Walk” is recommended for kids ages 1-7 (the endnotes relaly help stretch the value of this book!) and is available in paperback for just $7.99 (an English version and French version is available).  If you’re nervous about having a paperback around your little one, it’s also available in large format board book for $14.99.  This is a nice, big size, that makes it easy for small hands to hold and flip the pages.

I know if you try this book out, it will quickly become one of your favorites, too!

Happy reading!!

Read Together Tuesdays {Series}

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Today’s featured book is…
“Driving My Tractor”

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This has recently become a favorite book in our house. It just has so many wonderful things going for it.

1) A tractor.
My son LOVES tractors, so of course this book already entices him from the start.

2) A song.
In addition to tractors, my son loves to sing and dance. So there’s another pro for this book. Plus, the song is really adorable and the words are EASY. The included CD is just an extra bonus. It plays on a computer with an animation, but we just like to pop it into the CD player and sing along as we flip pages.

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3) Farm Animals.
What kid doesn’t love animals? I mean, really. If I had a dollar for every time we sing Old McDonald (or Old McDongle, as Ian calls it), I’d be rich beyond my wildest dreams. I love that this is another farm song, with animal noises, but that it’s also decidedly different. And the animals are familiar enough that even the littlest ones will be able to recognize them and the sounds.

4) Counting and other hidden fun.
Because I always love finding opportunities to sneak in fun ways to reinforce things Ian is learning. Yes, this is a fun, colorful book. And yes, there is a cute, catchy song. But the premise behind it is that the farmer is adding animals to his tractor- and with each new animal, we get a new number. One cow, two donkeys, three pigs, four sheep, five chickens. I also like that the animals are somewhat hidden on the page, so Ian and I can have a mini scavenger hunt when a new animal is introduced. The abundance of imagery on each page is one of the many things I love about Barefoot. You can flip through the book 50 times and never even have to read the text. Our books are great for making up your own story and interacting with your child (find something green, count the pigs, what color is the cow?, etc). Yes, this can be done with other books, too, but Barefoot just makes it SO easy. The pages are just BEGGING to be explored.

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5) The farming endnotes.
This is something Barefoot does in many of our stories that I just absolutely adore. There are two beautiful, colorful two-page spreads of informational endnotes about farming equipment, crops, and more.

6) There is also a matching puzzle.
How genius! We love the 2-in-a-box puzzle that accompanies this book, and Ian frequently asks to work on the puzzles together. One puzzle has 12 large pieces. The other has 24 smaller pieces. Ian likes them both but definitely has an easier time with the 12 piece puzzle. But both come in the box, and both depict different scenes from the book. Definitely fun!

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The puzzle, just $14.99. Targeted for ages 3+ but my son has been enjoying this since he was 2 or so.

7) And a free finger puppet activity.
I love that Barefoot creates and provides free crafts for so many of our books. This is a nice activity that even kids too young for the puzzle can do an enjoy.  You can download the activity here.

So, if you have a kid who likes animals or farms or tractors or songs (or all of the above), I can’t recommend this book enough. This just may become a favorite in your house, too!

You can purchase “Driving My Tractor” here for just $9.99 (paperback w/enhanced CD). And if you want the puzzle, that can be found here for just $14.99.

Happy reading!!