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.

Today, Barefoot Books is an independent publisher with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Oxford, UK. We specialize in carefully crafted children’s books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity. As a small, passionately committed team, we bring expertise, enthusiasm and close attention to every product we make. At the heart of everything we do are our core values: imagine, explore, create, connect, and give back.