Inspire the children around you to read.  Nurture their creativity.  Guide them in caring about our planet.

Welcome to my 'Barefoot Journey' ....

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

rainy days and wednesdays......

I know it's meant to be Mondays that get you down according to the song, but today is Wednesday and my last day with hubby (aka 'my rock') at home, as he departs at some unearthly hour in the morning for his job, to return 3 weeks later. Yes 3 whole weeks - boo.

Anyway on a cheerier note I have now fathomed the technology and can show you the beauty within a barefoot book. Here for you to feast your eyes are 2 pages from 'We're Sailing to Galapagos'. Now these bright colours and cleverly crafted images are enough to cheer anyone up....

The book is written by Laurie Krebs who also wrote the award-winning 'We All Went on Safari: A counting Journey through Tanzania' (more of that another time) and the illustrations are by Grazia Restelli - her debut publication in the English language. Her beautiful collages have gained much critical acclaim in her native Italy - it's easy to see why.

I read this book at story club last Friday (4-7 year olds) and after just a few pages in they were all chanting along with 'we're sailing to Galapagos, Galapagos, Galapagos' - magical. And we had a great chat at the end about the Galapogas islands, volcanoes and all the animals and birds. Lots of the barefoot books have really helpful information pages at the back which serve as a great aid for parents/carers/teachers and inquisitive young minds.

So, until next week - when I will bring you news of the Barefoot Books summer sale, my book of the month for June and other news, including my must have item for every garden this summer.

Friday, 25 May 2007

first post but Story Club calls.....

Hello. This is my first post so I'll be brief. Through this blog I can hopefully share with you my involvement with children's books and why I think they're so important. I'd love to hear your thoughts too so please post comments. I'm just about to leave for 'Story Club' at our local primary school where I 'storytell' every Friday lunchtime to any Lower School children who feel like listening to a story. I read to them from the Barefoot Books range which I shall introduce you to over time. The joy of Barefoot Books is that not only is the storytelling magical but the artwork is beautiful too and adds an extra dimension to discussing the content of the books with the children. The questions and comments from those bright ,young and eager minds never ceases to amaze me.
Until next time when I'll have some stories to tell.