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  1. Our exciting new partnership with Reach Out and Read of Greater New York

    Reach Out and Read Greater New York

    We are thrilled to bring thousands of Barefoot Books to Greater New York with Reach Out and Read!

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  2. Barefoot Books attends Books For Africa’s 35th Anniversary Gala

    In September, we had the honor of attending the Books For Africa 35th Anniversary Gala in Minneapolis! We were so excited to celebrate this longtime Barefoot partner and connect with other global organizations doing amazing work.

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  3. The Diverse Books for All Coalition Selects Barefoot Books as a Major Publishing Partner

    Diverse Books for All Coalition

    After publishing over 1000 titles and distributing more than 30 million books into the hands of children across the globe over the past 30+ years, we are continuing to add exciting and impactful chapters to our entrepreneurial story as an award-winning, independent children’s book publisher.

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  4. The Best Books for Supporting Literacy Development: Preschool Age Children

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    Did you know that a child’s vocabulary at age 3 predicts their reading development achievement in 3rd grade?

    Similarly, when children struggle to read in 4th grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

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  5. How her own struggle with anxiety inspired Rebecca Gardyn Levington’s book ‘Whatever Comes Tomorrow’

    Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. Rebecca’s award-winning poems and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, newspapers and magazines. Her new picture book, Whatever Comes Tomorrow is about learning how to deal with worries, no matter what tomorrow brings, and is based on her own struggle with anxiety.

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  6. 10 Kids’ Books for World Kindness Day

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    Celebrate kindness in all its forms!

    These top ten titles inspire children to be kind to themselves, to others and to our planet.

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  7. Gratitude Activity for Kids: Make an Ubuntu Collage

    Kids and an adult holding raised hands in a circle

    This empathy-building activity is from the Global Kids activity deck, written by Homa Sabet Tavangar and illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

    Ubuntu is an important idea in South Africa. The word comes from the Zulu language and refers to the bond that connects all people.

    It is often translated as, “I am because we are.” The practice of Ubuntu means caring about the needs of others by being kind, helpful and generous. Ubuntu reminds us that we are all connected!

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  8. The true story behind Sheetal Sheth’s book ‘Making Happy’

    Community Booksellers standing with Barefoot CEO Nancy

    Sheetal Sheth is an award-winning actress, author, producer and activist. She focuses on traditionally marginalized communities in all of her work and is a fierce advocate for thoughtful representation. Her picture book Making Happy is based on her experience battling cancer as the parent of young children. We asked her to share the true story behind this hopeful and heartwarming book.

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  9. 2022 Barefoot Retreat: Book fair games, author signings, yoga and more!

    Community Booksellers standing with Barefoot CEO Nancy

    After two long years, we were finally able to gather with our Community Booksellers for the 2022 Barefoot Retreat!

    We had a lot of fun, and we were so grateful to connect with this community in-person again. The weekend was full of engaging activities and sessions, meaningful discussions and lots of community connection. Keep reading to see some of the highlights!

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  10. Teacher’s Pick: How Stephanie from PA used ‘The Book Tree’ in her classroom


    Below is a blog post created from a submission sent in by Stephanie Conrad, a Montessori Teacher and Summer Program Director from Pennsylvania who created a book festival at her school based on The Book Tree, written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.

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