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


“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…





You’re Invited!!


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!


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!

Travel the World in Books Readathon


OK, everyone…this is pretty cool, and I am extremely excited to be participating! Mom’s Small Victories, Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Girl have put on an around the world readathon to help encourage diversity and exploration/appreciation of other countries and cultures.  The point is to discover new books you may not have otherwise considered!  The readathon runs from September 1-14, and you can read all about it here: http://momssmallvictories.com/travel-the-world-in-books-readathon-schedule-september-2014/

I’m participating through my Barefoot Books business- it’s just such a great fit! We have so many globally inspired books that I just COUD NOT pass up this opportunity to skip across the world with all of you.

For the duration of the readathon, I’ll post a new book each day on my Barefoot Books facebook page and my Instagram account (@bethbfb) that highlights a different country/culture. So if you don’t already follow me there, make sure to do that so you don’t miss out! This should be a lot of fun!

So are you currently reading something from a different country than your own (author, characters, or both)? I’d love to hear all about it (Barefoot Books or not).  I’m always on the lookout for great stories! And if you need some inspiration, let my country hop on Facebook and Instagram guide you!

You’re invited to a Barefoot Books twitter party!


I’m extremely excited to announce that I am hosting a Barefoot Books twitter party this Friday (8/8) at 8PM EST!!! We’ll be chatting about children’s books, parenting, and more. It will be a fun night of laughter, great conversation, giveaways, and shopping. I’d love it if you would join me. For more information and to RSVP (RSVPing isn’t required but is appreciated!), go to bethbfb.com/get-social!

Buy Barefoot Books with Me!

I have some really exciting news to share!  I just signed up to become an Independent Barefoot Books Ambassador.  If you haven’t heard of Barefoot Books, you HAVE to check them out.  They have a beautiful collection of children’s story books and activities (puzzles, puppets, etc).  If you’ve read my post about Ian’s favorite books (here), you might remember that there was a Barefoot Books story in that list- “Bear Takes a Trip”.  It’s because I love these books so much that I decided to sign up to sell them.  I think if you take a moment to check them out, you’ll fall in love with them, too!

To celebrate this new adventure, I am holding an official launch event to kickstart my new business. Just click on the image below to shop my store, from today through 7 July. If you have any questions about any of the books, let me know!

Here’s a peak at some of the books I got in my Barefoot Books Ambassador box, so you can see for yourself how really beautiful these books are!

Pictures of Animal Boogie Barefoot Book

We own this book already, and LOVE it


Pictures of Earth Tales Barefoot Book

This one would be really cool for older kids!


Pictures of Bear in a Square Barefoot Book

So excited for this one, since Ian loves Bear!


I hope that you’ll check out the awesome books available for sale from Barefoot Books!

Books! Gads of Books!

Little Library

We love books.  If there’s one thing I’m never sorry about buying, it’s books. For myself, for my family, and especially for Ian.  We bought books for Ian before he was even born, and we got a good number of books as baby shower presents (score!).

Reading outside

Reading outside

Ians’ first Christmas, at age 2 months?  There were books under the tree.

Ian’s first Easter?  There were books in his Easter Basket.

Ian’s first birthday? Books.

Ian’s second Easter? Well, you get the point…






Books are seriously the BEST gift ever.  They are such a great (and fairly cheap) method of entertainment.  In fact, now, at nearly 20 months old, when we’re riding in the car, we can give Ian a book to “read” and he will flip through the pages and babble to himself and be thoroughly OK for a span of time that sometimes exceeds 20 or more minutes.  What a deal!

Reading in the car

Reading in the car


So, for anyone looking to start a “library” or book collection for your little reader (or future reader), here are some of Ian’s favorites, from babyhood to today!

Babyhood (birth to 12 months old):
1. Baby Bird Count


Ian’s all time favorite babyhood book… we used to read this DAILY, even multiple times a day.  I’m not sure why he found it so appealing (maybe the babies in costume?) but he loved it.  And it’s a pretty simple book that lends itself to a lot of reader/baby interaction.

2. Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You?


Ian also absolutely LOVED this book.  We actually still read it now quite frequently.  I attribute his ability to do animal sounds reasonably well at a fairly young age to the number of hours we’ve spent flipping through this book.

3. First 100 Words


This was a book I really debated about buying, but O.M.G. he about lost his mind when he first saw it.  Definitely a good purchase.  He loves to flip through all the really brightly colored pages and point out the different objects on the pages.  I used to point out the various items on the pages for him, and then we progressed to a type of scavenger hunt (“Ian, where’s the ball??”), and now we still read it with Ian naming the objects (“Ian, what’s this?”).  It’s pretty fun, actually… and a neat way to see what he really knows.

4. Squishy Turtle and Friends


This book is adorable, drool proof (it’s cloth), interactive, and colorful. Ian also happened to really enjoy this book. We took it EVERYWHERE…it was a diaper bag staple. He still likes to crinkle it and flip through the pages every now and then, so while it doesn’t get heavy use these days, it still gets time in the regular book rotation.

Toddlerhood (12 months to present):
1. Good Night Moon


I think everyone knows this book, and most of us probably had it in our homes growing up. We got this for Ian when he was about 6 months old, but he didn’t show much interest in it until recently. Now I feel like we read it every night (I think I have it memorized).

2. Bear Takes a Trip


We got this in our second Citrus Lane box (you can read about Citrus Lane and my thoughts here), and it has been a hit ever since Ian laid eyes on it. I probably could have included this in the babyhood list (because it got regular reading time then, too), but he still loves to read it and it comes with us almost everywhere these days.

3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?


I’m sure everyone is familiar with Eric Carle’s other famous children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. We have that book, but Ian just isn’t really interested in it. Hopefully that will change over time; we’ll see. I was afraid he would feel ambivalent towards this book, too. Boy was I wrong! He loves the colorful animals and really enjoys flipping back and forth through the pages. This one also gets heavy use in our house!

4. That’s Not My Plane


I bought this book at a book fair, thinking it was a cute little touch and feel book. And since my husband is an aerospace engineer, it felt appropriate that our son should have a book that contained airplanes. This isn’t my favorite book (the pictures are nice enough but some of the plane attributes are a little weird— “…its wheels are too squashy”— not sure what that means…), but Ian really likes it. So I guess that’s what really matters.


Do you have any of these books? What books do your little ones love? I’d love to hear all about them, as I’m always looking for new adds to our library!!