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  1. How to help kid activists write letters to their government representatives

    Below is a guest post by Stacy Clark, environmental geologist, educator, climate journalist and Barefoot author of Planet Power. She has helped many kids write letters to their government officials. Here are her tips!

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  2. 5 ways to empower dual language learners in the classroom

    Below is a blog post originally posted on HiMama, written by Barefoot Book’s Director of Global Citizenship, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson. She walks educators through the HEART method of empowering dual language students in the classroom.


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  3. 6 bookstores to visit in Massachusetts

    Here are some of our favorite bookstores to visit in Massachusetts.


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  4. The real-life blessing behind ‘Zahra’s Blessing: A Ramadan Story’

    Below is a guest blog post by Shirin Shamsi, author of Zahra's Blessing: A Ramadan Blessing. When she's not busy writing for children, Shirin spends her days sharing her love of Barefoot Books as an independent bookseller in her community. In this blog post, she shares the inspiration behind her exciting new picture book.


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  5. 7 tips for bedtime reading from a children's sleep expert

    Below is a guest blog post by Dr. Sarah Mitchell, founder of Helping Babies Sleep. Since 2013, she has helped thousands of parents teach their little ones to sleep and parent confidently day and night. In this blog post, she gives caregivers tips on how to incorporate books into bedtime.


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  6. Top 10 picks for Earth Day reads

    Empower children to care for our planet on Earth Day — and every day!

    It’s never too early (or too late) to teach kids to appreciate and care for our outdoor environments. Our top ten picks for Earth Day reads can lead to simple conversations about respecting wildlife and keeping our world clean. Plus, they offer early science lessons by teaching about plant and animal life cycles, weather, habitats and more! Learning about sustainability and about how different cultures view and value our planet can plant the seed for a lifetime of stewardship. Enjoy digging into our list!

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  7. What it was like to illustrate ‘Barefoot Books Water’

    Barefoot Books Water is not your everyday children’s picture book. Blending fiction and nonfiction, this massive book bursts with facts and color to help young readers understand our planet’s most precious resources — and how they can protect it! Hear from multi-medium artist Mariona Cabassa on her journey illustrating Water, which involved a lot of watercolors mixed with wax pencils, crayons, ink, markers and gouache painting.

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  8. Our top book picks by kids and our editors

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  9. 4 Ways to Create Family Food Traditions with Kids

    Below is a post from Dr. Paula Jackson. Paula has lived in several countries around the globe, both as a child and as an adult, and has spent the past 15 years working for multilateral institutions and schools around the world with a focus on social entrepreneurship and global citizenship. Outside of education, she is a passionate baker and cook, and strongly believes in the power of food to connect. Paula has recently joined our team at Barefoot Books as Director of Global Citizenship.

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  10. Why we’re getting rid of our CDs

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