Kids Craft Weekly Barefoot Giveaway

***Congrats to Winner Michelle Toppi!***

I am so excited to be the featured blog on Kids Craft Weekly! Amber loves Barefoot Books too and asked me to do a giveaway for her readers. Enter to win a Whole World Activity Pack. This includes the Whole World Mini Edition with sing-along CD and the brand new World World Fun Eco Activities Pack. This includes fun activities about recycling and conservation.

To enter, please comment below about your favorite Barefoot Book. If you’ve never heard of Barefoot Books, please visit my Barefoot Books site and mention a book you like. The contest will end Sunday, November 9 at 12am (EST).

Good Luck



Our New Favorite – Arthur of Albion

My son and I sat down last weekend and opened Arthur Of Albion, one of Barefoot’s newest titles. It is a comprehensive volume of the stories about King Arthur, The Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot, etc. I forgot how much I enjoyed these tales until I revisited them with my son. One of my favorite summer reads in elementary school was the Once and Future King and I must admit that I grew-up in a Disney house (my parents went to Disney World on their honeymoon) and loved Sword in the Stone.

You know my son really loves a book when he asks me not to sell it and keep it as our home copy. I happened to order two and was so happy to sell it at the Northampton Montessori Fall Festival last weekend. I had been meaning for a a few years to go to this event but feel privileged to have been invited to have a booth. If you’d like your order to benefit the school please enter EV 27 at check out.

New Beginnings

There are many new beginnings in my house this Fall

My son started Kindergarten, my daughter is turning 2 and I returned to work. Of course I have always been working. I have been home with my daughter and running my Barefoot business for two years. It was hard to say good-bye to this special time. I shed many, many tears. More than I thought I would because I have an older child and I sent him of to daycare. But this was different. I was home with my little one. Once I accepted my new job, I realized it was real and that my life was going to change very quickly. It was nice that I had a few weeks to say goodbye to this time in my life. We went to Woodstar and had coffee and a muffin and I cried. We went to the Northampton Parents Center to play with friends and I cried. I told anyone who would listen and a cried. It was nice to know I have so many people to talk to.

All that being said, I have to say that I enjoy being back in the workplace.

A perfect Barefoot moment

by Hilltown Families

This is a shot of my booth at the NOFA conference. The man in the picture read to the kids for a good 15-20 minutes on my rug. This is what is so fun about doing events and introducing people to Barefoot.

Conferences Galore

The last two weeks have been quite busy. My lovely brother got married, we had a family vacation, I attended the Barefoot Books International Conference and this weekend I had a booth at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Conference, a wonderful gathering of concerned citizens.

I sold Happy Sacks at my booth and they were a big hit. It was great to introduce people to them. We sold some books too 🙂 Some of our most popular were The Beeman and The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories

This is one of my new favorites. (My son’s, too)

Recent praise:

“This charming book is visually enticing and just plain fun to read… The text conveys facts, but at the same time captures a larger understanding of and appreciation for nature.”-School Library Journal

“This cozy intergenerational story will delight young readers as it educates them on these industrious insects.”-ForeWord Magazine

Recent praise:“The illustrations are quite remarkable, and the renditions are nicely written, making this a nice gift book as well. Barefoot Books continues to publish books worth keeping and giving. Those who have any interest in ballet and princess stories will fall in love with this one.”-The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 

“Prepare for this year’s performance of ‘Nutcracker’ with this elegant collection.” −San Francisco Chronicle

Scooter Man

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The other mode of transportation in our house is a Scooter. A cute little red number that my husband happily drives to work everyday. He loves it. He loves the quiet time he has during his commute. He loves the low waves he gets from motorcyclists and toots from other scooters. He loves to tell people he’s gotta scoot. (ha, ha)

What’s most important is the effect it has had on our checkbook. I believe it gets 100 miles to the gallon. He loves to fill up at the gas station next to a big SUV and commiserate about how expensive is to gas up. “Gees”, he’ll say “$4.10 to fill my tank”, while the guy next to him is paying $50-$100.

Is there a down side, sure. He’s had a few scrapes from wiping out on an oil slick and cars can be aggressive but we are definitely seeing more scooters on the road in our area.

The Barefoot Books Story