Friday, October 07, 2011

Barefoot books: books that opens the hearts and minds of children


Most elementary English language teachers know Barefoot books very well.

I discovered them by chance in St. George church, In Barcelona, during a back yard sale, many years ago.  I immediately, became fascinated about these gorgeously illustrated picture books, not only for their visual treat, but also for celebrating the many cultures of the world and diversity.

Children waving If you're happy and you know it, from http://blog.barefootbooks.com/


I recommend you to have a look at Barefoot books website especially the Children's crafts and activities section  with lots of worksheets and materials to develop and work creatively the fantastic stories of this publisher.

I also want to recommend the Barefoot books channel in You Tube. There you can find the video version of the books, as well as the audio.

This is the last video uploaded just few hours ago. The Shape Song Swingalong. Learn how you can draw almost anything with four basic shapes! Sung by SteveSongs. From the book and CD illustrated by David Sim.



The Barefoot books company began as a home business in 1992.  It was started by Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland, two working mothers who shared a similar passion for children's literature. Many books come with "sing-along" CDs, many of which are sung by children's performer Fred Penner. Fred Penner is particularly noted by Barefoot Books for his work on their best selling sing-along book the Animal Boogie. It focuses on "themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning and acceptance of other traditions".

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