I am kind of a kid’s book-a-holic. I am proudly raising kids who love reading from my seven year old that is rarely found without a book in her hands, to my four year old who is in the beginning phases of reading, down to my one year old whose favorite activity is curling up in a lap with one of many favorite board books.
I used to live by the belief that you could never have enough books, but lately I have been looking at our overflowing bookshelves and thinking we need to purge a bit. And then when I went through the piles I found some, well, lame books. So out with the lame and in with unique, original, awesome books.
Recently a friend of a friend contacted me to review a line of books she represents called Barefoot Books. I hadn’t heard of them before, but after poking around the website I was so thrilled to review her books. And once I actually got my hands on the books I was so excited to tell you about them.
First of all, let me just say that Barefoot Books is more than books. They have all sorts of adorable gifts, puppets, dress up clothes, puzzles and more. But it is the books that hooked me. I reviewed three books that really appeal to every age.
Hidden Hippo: I love this book because its illustrations are adorable and it has an African theme. It has a cute rhyming storyline and, as the title says, there is a hippo hidden on every page. Silas isn’t quite grasping to look for the hippo but a little older child would have fun looking for him. There is actually information on endangered animals and conservation at the end of the book which my older girls found cool.
If You’re Happy and You Know It: Another book with a multi-cultural feel. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book and the fact that my kids can act out the actions along with the book. Best of all, it comes with a CD that accompanies the book with another way to sing along. My kids LOVE the CD, so much fun.
The Story Tree: This book quickly became a favorite of the two older girls. Each story is a ”lesson” from another country. A lot of them are slightly familiar but have a little bit of a twist. And this one too comes with a CD, so Hannah loves to put it in and follow along with the book. As all the books I reviewed, the illustrations are just beautiful.
Barefoot Books is going to be high on my list when it comes time to give gifts to my children or others. The products are just so high quality and I was so impressed with the selection I reviewed. And Pam is a blogger, who often reviews her products and gives a little more insight into what she offers. I am thrilled with the mission of this company to give children high quality literature while promoting diversity and love for the earth. Seriously. Love.
Pam would generously like to offer one of my readers a $25 gift card to spend at Barefoot Books. To enter, head over to her site and leave a comment letting me know what you would spend your money on. you can score an extra entry by participating in Things I Love Thursday, just leave an extra comment letting me know you did. I actually can’t wait to read what treasures you find over there so I can start a little wish list.
What are you loving this week? Perhaps something with snow? We are buried under 15 inches here and it seems like most of the country is the same. Either way, write a post about something you love and paste your URL into Mr. Linky. Make sure to link back to this post/blog in your post/blog and then go hop around to the other posts/blogs. Any questions? Check out all the Things I Love Thursday guidelines. Thanks for participating!
Contest is open to US residents only and will end on 2/9/11 when a winner will be drawn from the comments at random. I was provided with books to facilitate my review, but as always all opinions are mine all mine.