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Barefoot Books Children of the World

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ISBN: 9781782853329

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Written by Kate DePalma
Written by Tessa Strickland
Illustrated by David Dean

Discover the must-have book for all children! Barefoot Books Children of the World depicts kids of a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all over the world. From enjoying special days to trying on silly hats, this ground-breaking picture book celebrates the big ideas and everyday moments that all children share.

A simple narrative with stunning hand-painted illustrations by award-winning Barefoot Books World Atlas artist David Dean invites both small children and independent readers to think about their own experiences while providing a window into the experiences of others. A full 15 pages of educational endnotes explain the detailed illustrations, encouraging meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion. Older children will be empowered to explore these important issues on their own. An essential addition to every home or classroom library!

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.75 inches
  • Page Count: 64 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 3-10 years

Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Awards, 2016
  • Brain Child Award Winner, Tillywig Toy & Media Awards, 2016
  • Silver Award for Juvenile Nonfiction, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, 2016
  • Featured on The Today Show, 2016
  • Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book Gold Winner, NAPRA Nautilus Awards, 2017
  • Multicultural Book of the Month, Colours of Us Blog, 2016
  • Books That Bring People Together, School Library Journal, 2018
  • 111 of Our Favorite Kids Books in 2021, PBS, 2021

"[Children of the World] takes its readers on a visual trek across the globe, where they discover that — despite our different clothes and homes and languages — we are more alike than different" — Caryl Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

"Definitely add this to the mix to create interested world citizens" — Kirkus Reviews

★ "A lyrical exploration of humankind that strikes a lovely balance between celebrating individuality while recognizing the rewards of community" — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A wonderful resource for igniting a spirit of wonder, appreciation, and belonging in children representing a beautiful variety of geographic places, cultures, and experiences" – Daydreamers Press

"[A] truly groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction...No elementary school or community library should be without a copy" – Midwest Book Review

"A book to dip into time and time again; a treasure trove of discussion topics, but also an aesthetic delight" – BookTrust

"Strickland and DePalma 'invite all young readers to explore the world and discover their place within it,' and I believe this book is an excellent starting point for that" – The School Librarian

"An ambitious book that succeeds in capturing all manner of diversity of the human species" – Booklist Review

"The Barefoot Book of Children é perfeito e daqueles livros que você tem que dar para seu filho se quer que eles sejam cidadãos do mundo e que entendam e, acima de tudo, respeitem as diferenças entre os povos. [The Barefoot Book of Children is perfect and one of those books that you have to give to your child if you want them to be citizens of the world and that they understand and, above all, respect the differences between people.]" – Gaby No Canadá

About the Contributors

Written by - Kate DePalma
Kate DePalma was born and raised outside Nashville, TN, USA. As Senior Editor at Barefoot Books, she has helped develop dozens of picture books, as well as authoring her own, including those published under her pseudonym, Sunny Scribens. She holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and is also a published poet and scholar. Kate lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania, USA.
Written by - Tessa Strickland
Tessa Strickland was brought up in rural north England, the second of five children. She spent her childhood amid hens, horses and haystacks, and could often be found immersed in books or exploring the local woods and fields on her pony. A succession of interesting guests from around the world passed through her parents' house, kindling a lasting interest in other cultures. Tessa co-founded Barefoot Books with Nancy Traversy in the early 1990s, and has gone on to create many highly acclaimed children's books, including the numerous books she has written under her pseudonym, Stella Blackstone. She is also mother to three adult children, a yoga practitioner and a licensed psychotherapist. Tessa now lives and works in Somerset, southwest England.
Illustrated by - David Dean
David Dean is a full-time illustrator who is enjoying his mission of traveling the world from the comfort of his own studio. Known for his exotic and colorful work, David works in a room surrounded by books from many different cultures, from which he finds inspiration. In his spare time, David enjoys walking the countryside near his house in Cheshire, England, taking photographs of the things he sees.

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