October 19, 2007

Going Barefoot



I've always loved to read, and am thrilled to watch my boys have the same desire and love for books of all kinds. I am always looking for stories that will challenge their already-wild imaginations. Since I am doing most of the reading, I prefer the non-TV character books, but rather ones with beautiful illustration and unique storytelling, and hopefully a life lesson tucked away somewhere.

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u have probably heard the buzz all around about Barefoot Books- and these books are so worthy of all the praise. Their stories are a cultural blend of art and heart and inspiration.

I sat down and read Mama Panya's Pancakes, A Village Tale From Kenya, as soon as I received it in the mailbox. I loved using the different voices for Mama's feistiness and her son Adika's heart and compassion. The story draws you in, about these wonderful pancakes to be made for many guests, but you also get a feeling for the Kenyan village life. By the end you'll want to taste those pancakes! Thankfully, a recipe is included as well as 8 pages of impressive easy-to-explain facts about Kenya, its people, and the language.



I want to fill all our bookshelves with Barefoot Books! I think our next read must be Storytime: First Tales For Sharing- an area that Gray is, let's say, working on right now. And if you purchase $30 or more by Oct 31, you'll receive a copy of Storytime FREE!


I have a copy of Mama Panya's Pancakes for one special reader!
Please leave a comment here if you'd like to win! I'll randomly pick a winner after Monday Oct. 22. One entry per person, please.




For more information about Barefoot Books, contact Rebecca Wolpinsky at


Visit PreschoolRock.com and sign up for their email newsletter (scroll down the left-hand side of their site's main page)- they'll send you a free coloring book and a 10% off coupon code for Barefoot Books, among other great special offers! Feel free to tell them I sent you! : )

Winner was #1 (I don't see that happening often!) and that is Lisa from Sunny Side of the Street!

76 comments:

  1. Ooh! I want that book! I am always looking for books to incorporate in my classroom. I like books that tell a story, but then have facts about the culture in the back. I am a book junkie! I have crates and crates of kids books, and keep adding to my collection. I'm also a big reader of 'grown-up' books too (mostly fiction.) My kids have inherited the love of reading from me, my mom, and my grandmother. It's in the genes!

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  2. Oh, and I'm very excited that for the first time ever, I'm your first comment!
    It's the little things that make me happy!

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  3. Our books shelves are stuffed but we just can't stop. We are all book-aholics and I wouldn't have it any other way! I really want this one :-)
    Tricia

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful story!

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  5. Hi Steph, I have given you a Treat over at my blog, Stop on by and pick it up. Thank you for your comment on my blog today.
    KC

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  6. This looks like a really cool book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Looks like a great book!

    Staci

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  8. I'm probably the last to hear about Barefoot books thanks for the heads up and this book looks fantastic.

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  9. I'd love to win this for my boy...he's just starting to really love books now! :)

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  10. We're already big Barefoot Books fans, so I know that we'd love that!

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  11. Hi there, So i would love to win this book. I have heard about them and would love to see what they are all about! Also, this is my first time checking out your blog and I have to tell you it rocks. I saw the pic of you as Strawberry Shortcake and I was the same thing when I was little, Face mask and all. Ahh, the memories!

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  12. I'd love to win this book for my kids! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. i just recently discovered barefoot books and they are wonderful. i'd love another to add to our collection (which only consists of 1 book so far). ;)
    thanks,
    amy

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  14. I've never heard of Barefoot books. At first when I saw the pictures I thought of Faith Ringgold's books. (They are also beautiful books-check them out) Please enter me!

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  15. Very cool. We love the multicultural stories. Thanks for telling us about them.

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  16. These books make me want to start writing children's books myself. So awesome!

    P.S. Thanks for the heads-up on the coupon!

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  17. I had never heard of these before! Would love to enter. :)

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  18. I'd love to be in on a free book!

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  19. I believe the best thing parents can do to help their child to read is to read to them. After I had read the same book many, many times I taped myself reading the book so my son could "read" it anytime by listening to the tape and looking at the book. He loved it!

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  20. What a beautiful-looking book. Fingers crossed!

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  21. I add the giveaway to my list for today... Don't know how I missed it to begin with!!

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  22. We love books! You never can have enough of them.

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  23. I love collecting children's books for my daughter!

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  24. I love barefoot books and both of my nieces love to read books. Please enter me.

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  25. I have never heard of Barefoot Books before. I love adding multicultural things into my son's reading list, and the pictures look just beautiful!

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  26. What a nice multicultural book for my two daughters. I would love to win it!

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  27. My sister lives in Africa, and I'm always looking for ways to teach my daughter about her adventurous aunt. I'm going to request a catalog for sure!

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  28. My son loves books of all kinds.

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  29. We would love a new book as we read every day for our Book It certificates.

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  30. I want this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  31. We are book lovers and your description of this book sounds like a story we'd enjoy as well.

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  32. We have the gigantic turnip on our wishlist for christmas. We would love to have this one too! :)

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  33. That sounds like a fun book, and just what I need, another reason my kids will beg me to make pancakes, lol.

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  34. This looks like a great book, and a great addition to my new classroom! I graduate in the spring!

    Thanks

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  35. Looks like a wonderful book for my children since we read all the time.

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  36. Count me in! I would love to win this for my children.

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  37. Would love to win this book! My litle guy only sits still to hear a story so we need all the books we can get. Thanks Steph for the cool giveaway.

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  38. great book, please include us

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  39. As a school teacher AND mom this would be put to good use!

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  40. Steph
    What a great giveaway! My daughter would love to hear the story. Also, I would being an avid book reader!

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  41. I love this book and would love to have a copy for our home library!

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  42. Count me in! I would love to win this !!

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  43. What a great giveaway! I always love to get new children's books!

    I blogged about your contest:
    http://mountainrailway.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/sunday-linky-lo.html

    mountainrailway at gmail dot com

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  44. Sounds like a great book to read to the kids and perhaps share in the Classroom!! :)

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  45. Sounds like a great book to read to the kids and perhaps share in the Classroom!! :)

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  46. I love Barefoot Books and would love to acquire one for our own personal collection!!

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  47. Zin Zin Zin A Violin is still one of our favorites, from your recommendation!

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  48. I recently went on a missions trip to Liberia (without my 2 and 4 yr olds, despite their pleas) and would LOVE to have this book. I think it would do a good job on explaining where I went and why. Thanks! Karin
    www.liberiatrip.blogspot.com

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  49. Can you include me please? The book looks sooo cute. :)

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  50. I love reading books to my son with an "international" flair.

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  51. I would love to have this book! sign me up!

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  52. We love Barefoot Books here. Please count me in too!

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  53. We love books here, and I've been very interested in Barefoot books. I'd love to see and read one IRL!

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  54. I'm ready for something new for our library and this looks like a great book. I'm new to the barefoot books, but going to check them out asap.

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  55. I would love this for my little boy but I may be too late!

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  56. perfect! what a great book. count me in :)

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  57. I'd love to check out this book.

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  58. What a great book. I love the illustrations! Sign me up please!

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  59. I've heard about Barefoot Books but am quite curious to actually see one up close. Count me in!

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  60. It sounds like a great book for kids. Please enter me.

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  61. oh, Steph, I love books...especially for my kids. This sounds AWESOME

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  62. I love books and my kids love being read to! I would love to add this to our collection. I have not heard of these yet so thanks for the info too!

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  63. It looks like a very interesting book. I would love to read it to my daughter.

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  64. Sounds like a fun story. Please count me in the running!

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  65. I'm thirty two, I was barefootin ever since I was two

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  66. Please enter me. I'm constantly striving to find literature that will show my 2 biracial daughters that all people are different yet the same. This would be a perfect pick. Thanks & God bless.

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  67. Please count me in, I have heard great things about these books, and I would love to have one to read to my boys:-) Thanks!

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