International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day is February 14th.  This is a really cool cause that encourages people from around the globe to give a new book (or more!) to a child.  The rules are just that simple… donate a book to a kid, any kid, and you’ve successfully participated!  If you want to be more ambitious, start a book drive and give the collection to a library, school, battered women shelter, YMCA, etc.  The bottom line is giving books to others to help spark the love of reading in children across the globe.

Naturally, I’m going to participate in this awesome event and would love for folks to join me!  My books will be going to a neat little organization here in Cincinnati called Adopt A Book.  They collect books from individuals and organizations around the area and redistribute to them communities/schools/organizations in need.  And it was started by two 11 year old twins, so how cool is that?!

Anyway, I’m starting with a baseline donation of 5 books, but I’m also going to MATCH your donations!  So, I’ll donate one book for each book donated by someone else.  My goal is to have 25 books to donate to Adopt a Book.  I know we can get there, and I’ve got some extra incentives up my sleeve to help me reach my goal!

1) Buy a Barefoot Book from me to donate, and I’ll give you 15% off the purchase of a book for yourself!  Ordering your “to donate” book is easy- you can visit my Barefoot Books online marketplace and make your order OR you can contact me directly, and I’ll place the order for you.  I’ll contact you with information about redeeming your 15% off once your order has been placed and confirmed.
     [Want to participate but don’t have a donation recipient in mind? I’d be more than happy to take your donation to Adpot A Book with mine!  In order to do this, you must contact me to make your book donation purchase- do not place an order via my marketplace.]

2) Share a picture of yourself donating a book (use hashtag #donatebethbfb and tag me on Instagram (@bethbfb), twitter (@ehfrank), or Facebook (Beth Barefoot Books)), and I’ll give you 10% off the purchase of a Barefoot Book for yourself!  The book you donate does NOT have to be from Barefoot- it can be any new book of your choice!  Once I see your picture, I’ll contact you with information about redeeming your 10% off.

Some (not so) fine print: Purchases of Barefoot Books “to donate” books must be made by 2/14/15.  Pictures of books being donated must be shared/tagged appropriately by 2/21/15.  

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So, what do you say?  Want to join in the fun?  Let’s share the joy of reading!!

Read Together Tuesdays {Series}

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As you know, in addition to raising a wonderful, spunky, spirited toddler and working full time, I’m also a Barefoot Books Ambassador. Sure, this entails selling books to my family, friends, community, and beyond. But it also means I have this awesome privilege of spreading the joy of reading and encouraging literacy at all ages. With that in mind, I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog where I’ll feature a great book from Barefoot that’s great for reading together.

Today I’m featuring this dreamy paperback: “An Island in the Sun”

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I absolutely adore this book for many, many reasons. The illustrations alone would be reason enough to pick this up. One glance and you’ll have trouble catching your breath- they are just that beautiful.   islandcollage

But I also love the floating, swirling text and the simple, light rhyme. At it’s core, it’s a seek and find type of book that encourages children to spot the items on the page as the text is read. But it’s so much more than just that. The minimalist story line allows for (and fosters) reader/child interaction with the book; it just begs for you to add onto the tale, imagining what else you may encounter while sailing to an island (and after you arrive).

“An Island in the Sun” is recommended for ages 1-5, and if you buy it before the Winter Sale ends on February 2nd, you can snag it for just $3.50. If you’re stuck in a book rut and looking for something new, you can’t go wrong with this!

Save BIG with Barefoot Books!

The Barefoot Books winter sale is underway, and you do NOT want to miss out.  Over 90 items are on sale (some as much as 60% off).

Some of my favorites are on the sale list, including titles from Bear and Cleo.

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But you’ll also find tons of anthologies, chapter books, and gorgeous hardcovers with story CDs (like our Miss Clara Fairytales).

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So hurry on over to Barefoot Books and check out all the great titles on sale.  This all ends on Feb 2nd, so don’t delay!!

Calling Book Lovers- Join Us at Barefoot!

I’ve been a Barefoot Books Ambassador for almost 6 months now, and I really like it.  I get to meet all sorts of new people and have so many different experiences that I just wouldn’t have otherwise.  And, I get to discover some really awesome books along the way.  We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to join us, so here is your open invitation to explore a bit more about Barefoot Books and all we have to offer!  Now is an especially good time to take the plunge since the starter kit is on sale (just $99!!!).

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You don’t need to be a literary expert, or a teacher, author, publisher, editor… you just need to enjoy children’s books!  If you really love our books (and, once you see them, you will- TRUST ME) then the rest is easy.  It isn’t a job or work- it’s a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

Curious to learn more?  Leave me a comment and/or join our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508148832659316/

I do hope you’ll stop by and explore- we’d love to have you!