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A Barefoot Book Holiday Gift Book List

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I love Barefoot Books.

 

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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?

 

Traipse to a small village in the snowy north, where Maria stumbles upon a mysterious gray bundle, covered in wintry snow — an abandoned wolf cub! Grandfather is hesitant to support his granddaughter’s plan to nurse the cub to health, but soon Maria and Shadow warm the hearts of almost every villager.

Ages 8 and up

Written By: Richard Knight

Illustrated By: Richard Johnson

Meet seven very strong and special princesses in this collection drawn from sources from around the world. Each faces challenges and trials, and each finds a way to triumph with bravery, compassion, ingenuity and a little bit of luck. Book with CD editions include stories read by Margaret Wolfson.Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children

Ages 4 to 9 years

Retold By: Caitlín Matthews

 

A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme

Fly away with Granny and count with her from one to ten as she spins around the world on an unforgettable shopping trip. This colorful, rhyming story is followed by a counting page for reinforced learning.

Ages 3 to 7 years

Written By: Stella Blackstone

Illustrated By: Christopher Corr

Illustrated By: Olwyn Whelan

 

A Story from Ireland

Two Irish sisters love each other very much. When Molly vanishes one morning, Cara decides she will go out into the wide world to find her. She is armed only with gifts
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

 

Native to Mexico, beautiful poinsettia plants decorate homes around the world every Christmas. But few people who love the plant’s deep red tones know the traditional Mexican tale about how the poinsettia first came to be. In this extraordinary collaboration, Fabian Negrin brings his warm, glowing scenes to Joanne Oppenheim’s thoughtful narrative, transporting readers to Old-World Mexico and into the arms of a young girl as her trust leads her straight into a miracle. A beautiful alternative to the traditional nativity story, this book is a wonderful evocation of Mexican customs and culture.

Written By: Joanne Oppenheim

Illustrated By: Fabian Negrin

As Odysseus fights to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden’s graphic retelling breathes new life into this great classic.Winner of the NAPPA Gold Award

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!

Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas