When Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland started Barefoot Books in 1992, they were young mothers with four children between them. They wanted to create meaningful, creative careers where they could make a difference in the world, while also keeping their children at the center of their lives. And that’s how Barefoot Books was born. For over twenty years, we have created bright, colorful books for children that combine beautiful artwork with captivating storytelling. Our books capture the imagination, spark curiosity, inspire creativity and instill a respect for cultural, social and ecological diversity.

We founded Barefoot Books in 1992 with the goal of creating beautiful books that celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children’s imaginations. Since then, we have grown into a vibrant community through our Ambassador program, which empowers people like you to start their own home-based businesses selling our award-winning books and gifts.

Whether the children in your life are newborns or confident readers, you’ll find a wealth of unique options in our collection. From STEM to faeries to global peace, the intriguing themes in our stories transcend the typical. Our books turn storytime into a valuable opportunity to bond with your children while shaping their minds and perspectives.

We invite you read, sing and dance with us, and to positively impact how the children in your life feel about themselves and others. Let’s live Barefoot together!