And so Barefoot Books began. We wanted bright, colorful books with wonderful art and captivating stories we could share as a family. We wanted rhyming rhymes, sing-along songs, and dance-along dances. We wanted tales that celebrated exotic places, magical creatures, and the wisdom of other traditions. Most of all, we wanted beautiful books that would capture the imagination, spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and instill a respect for the diversity of the planet and for the earth itself.
There was also something about the way everyone, especially children, responded to books that were sophisticated, yet engaging, wise, yet fun. Soon we were a grassroots movement of parents and grandparents, friends and teachers, booksellers and librarians, authors and artists, and most of all children – who loved our stories, shared our values, and wanted to be part of our world-wide community.
Today, Barefoot Books is an independent publisher, with offices in Cambridge, MA, USA and Oxford, England. We specialize in carefully crafted children’s books, CDs, games, puppets, puzzles, and gifts that celebrate enduring values and inspire creativity.
Barefoot Books are sold online, at our flagship studios in Concord, MA and Oxford, UK, in FAO Schwarz Manhattan and through a global network of partners from Shanghai to San Francisco. We also provide ways for adults who love our books to become Barefoot Books Ambassadors, who can earn money, fundraise, and make a difference in children’s lives by marketing and selling Barefoot in their communities.