The Book Tree

When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the Mayor's head, the Mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo's imagination and perserverance, the Mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. This timely allegorical tale will be a useful tool for starting conversations with children about activism and the power of the written word. Download the press release > >

AGES 4 – 9  |  32PP  |  8.5 x 10.75 IN

HARDCOVER | 9781782854050 | $17.99 USD

Red button for press inquiries





Celebrates the activist power of the written word and story-making while proclaiming the ability of just one child to make a difference in the world.


Honored by 50 awards worldwide, a six-time winner of the Bologna Book Fair, and illustrator of over 65 books, Rashin Kheiriyeh uses her unique vision to create a visually arresting tale.


Arlo's refusal to accept the Mayor's proclamation encourages children to think for themselves and fosters a positive attitude toward reading and books.


Paul Czajak struggled with reading and writing as a child, and never thought he'd end up writing books. But after working as a scientist for 20 years, he discovered that his creativity could no longer be contained to the laboratory. Now he hopes his books will be the seeds to a new generation of book gardeners! Paul lives in New Jersey, USA.


Rashin Kheriyeh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, author, animation director and painter who has more than 70 children's books published around the world. Born in Iran, she is now a professor at the University of Maryland College Park and lives in Washington, Dc, USA.

   "This delicious and subversive little parable of a book, with its lyrical text and anarchic pictures, is just what we need in today's world"
Jane Yolen, award-winning children's author
Publishers Weekly Logo  "...shines a light on the importance of the written word, creativity, and the idea that even censorship cannot stop ideas from growing and blooming...a beautiful book with a beautiful message"
Emily Golightly, ESL Educator, President of the Crystal Coast Reading Council
  "This book is gorgeous...I think that it will be welcome in all libraries. It would be especially fun to read during Banned Books Week in September."
Lispy Librarian
Reading Style Guide logo  "[The] illustrations underscore the universality of stories."
Reading Style Guide

Want to learn more, or interested in press or partnership opportunities? Download the press release, request a digital review copy on Edelweiss, or fill out the form below to request an advanced reader copy.

 United States
 United Kingdom
 Purchasing the book for my organization or as a reseller
 Partnering with Barefoot Books
 Submitting a press inquiry
 Reviewing the book on my website or blog
 Allow Barefoot Books to email me news, special offers, and other personalized marketing communications.

Change children's lives through the power of stories!

TheBookTree_LandingPage_Button_700px_0618_JOIN.png TheBookTree_LandingPage_Button_700px_0618_HOST.png