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I love Barefoot Books.
I have been a fan of these high quality, unique and meaningful books for years. Every time I visit their website, I spend a lot of time “ooohh-ing” and “aahhh-ing” over their awesome titles, vibrant illustrations and multicultural topics.
Barefoot Books is an independent children’s publisher helping families raise imaginative kids through engaging stories. They are a vibrant, grassroots community of people from around the world who are all ‘living barefoot’ in their own unique ways. What brings readers and parents together is a shared commitment to imagination and creativity, diversity and global understanding, family sharing and giving back.
Here’s some of my top picks (my top “ooohhhs and aahhhhs”) for wonderful gift giving and holiday reading!
The Story of the Other Wise Man
A thought-provoking re-telling of the tale by Victorian writer Henry Van Dyke. Artaban, the fourth wise man, stops to help a dying man and is too late to give his present to the King of Kings at his birth in Bethlehem. So begins a long journey amongst the poor, the sick and the hungry, bringing comfort to those in need. But will he find what he is looking for?
Ages 8 and up
Written By: Richard Knight
Illustrated By: Richard Johnson
Ages 4 to 9 years
Retold By: Caitlín Matthews
A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme
Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Christopher Corr
Illustrated By: Olwyn Whelan
A Story from Ireland
from her mother and father, and her own kindness and courage. Can brave Cara defeat a wolf and a wizard to bring back her beloved sister?
Ages 6 and up
Written By: Liz Flanagan
Illustrated By: Valeria Docampo
Written By: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrated By: Fabian Negrin
Ages 8 and up
Retold By: Daniel Morden, Hugh Lupton
Illustrated By: Christina Balit
ONE LAST THING
Looking for another fun family reading adventure? This one is FREE!
Every December 13th, we continue a long family tradition of celebrating St. Lucia. My parents were from Sweden and they brought this tradition along with them. In the darkest hours of the morning a young girl with a wreath of candles on her head brings hope, warmth and light to the darkest, coldest time of the year. I have taken all of our favorite recipes, activities and books that celebrate this event, along with the history of Santa Lucia as well, and created a very special color pdf for the holiday season. The Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas pdf guide is my gift to you and simply click the image below to enjoy these fun family-friendly activities. Thank you!