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  1. All about our office move to Bradford Mill!

    We’ve moved!

    The Barefoot team is excited to announce that we have moved our office from Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Bradford Mill building in West Concord, Mass. In true Barefoot fashion, we have made the office space our own by transforming the walls with illustrator artwork and — of course — by installing shelves and shelves of books!

    As you can see from the video below, our new home celebrates our brand vision and showcases our collection’s vibrant stories from across the globe.

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  2. Enter our Teacher Appreciation giveaway to win a Classroom Set!

    Give your superstar teachers the big thank-you they deserve!

    To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the chance to enter our giveaway* and win one of FIVE Barefoot Books Classroom Sets to give to your favorite teacher! Winners can choose one of exclusive Classroom Sets that include books and other products by grade / age level, educational program and more. These sets are specially curated by an educational specialist.

    To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re giving you the chance to enter our giveaway* and curate your own Classroom Set to give to your favourite teacher. Winners can choose from books and other products by grade / age level, educational program and more to create a collection valued up to £70!

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  3. How kids of all ages can create poems with free “poetry frames”

    Below is a guest post by picture book author and poet, Sarah Nelson, who wrote the I Like the Weather series. Her stories and poems explore a variety of themes, but Sarah especially loves writing about nature, the little (oh, so real) dramas of childhood and inspiring, lesser-known moments in American history. When Sarah is not writing, she teaches English to adult immigrants.

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  4. 3 kid-friendly gardening activities for STEAM learning

    Gardens provide us with so many wonderful treats!

    A thriving garden is often filled with delicious foods, beautiful bright flowers, amazing animals and exciting places to explore. Whether they are small indoor containers or expansive outdoor spaces, gardens are full of mysteries waiting to be solved: Why are bees so important? How do vines climb up poles? Why do some plants need more light and heat than others?

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  5. 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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  6. How to run your own Barefoot Books business

    Community Bookseller Jamaica Stevens at an event.

    “I love being able to set up my own little bookstore.”

    Ambur Gorman is one of the many who have joined our North American Community Bookseller program to help share Barefoot books with children and families.

    She says, “I think that Barefoot just does a great job with helping kids to understand that we all have the right to be here, and no matter what you do, you can make a difference in this world.”

    Barefoot Books’ Community Bookseller program offers parents, grandparents, educators and children’s book-lovers the opportunity to run a flexible and meaningful business. And it’s fun!

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  7. Tips for supporting literacy development at different ages

    Did you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help children achieve academic success?

    Early exposure to reading aloud has such a long-term influence on children’s outcomes that pediatricians in the United States are now required to “prescribe” reading to parents of all babies from birth! Reading aloud is in itself extremely beneficial for kids of all ages, but research shows that there are things you can do at home to support early literacy even more as you read. Here are some practical, evidence-based tips for supporting literacy from infancy through school age.

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  8. Why are we pressuring preschoolers to learn how to read?

    Is learning to read earlier better?

    We live in a competitive society that rewards being first and best — and this mentality is deeply ingrained in most of us. No matter how often we tell ourselves that each child is unique and will grow at their own pace, it’s natural for us to feel proud and excited when our children hit milestones “early” or excel in certain areas — and to feel concerned when our kids are “late.”

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  9. Keeping it real with toddler yoga: 10 tips from a yoga-expert mom

    I’m not sure what I really expected when, on a whim, I introduced yoga to my toddler.

    Serenely breathing and moving our bodies in unison? A super relaxing yoga sesh with my mini-me? Needless to say, it was none of those things. It was pretty adorable, though, and I was surprised by my child’s immediate and continued interest in the activity.

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  10. Top 5 ways to ignite your child’s love of reading

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    In the absence of schooling or childcare-as-usual, books in the home serve as essential teaching tools.

    Reading aloud is also an easy way to carve out quality time together. So how can we make sure that kids love reading — from birth? It’s surprisingly easy, and you might be pleased to discover you’re doing many of these things already.

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