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Indy Baby Expo

Visit Barefoot Books Indy at Indy Baby Expo on April 26-27!

Barefoot Books Indy (www.barefootbooksindy.com) will have a special booth and reading corner where kids can take part in story time and some fun activities!

April 26-27

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Indiana State Fairgrounds

$5 entry fee




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Some favorites …

I was looking through my boxes and boxes of Barefoot titles tonight and realized I should share with you some of our favorites:

*  For those who love the coast: Ship Shapes. This adorable little book teaches shapes in a different way–by pointing out the shapes on a boat! It now comes in board book size for the smallest hands!

* For anyone with a romantic side: The Boy Who Grew Flowers. This is my favorite–a sweet story about a young boy who is very different than everyone else at his school–or at least he thinks. When he finds a little girl who is just as different as he is, a sweet friendship sprouts.

* Looking for a bit of culture for your kids? Pick up any of the Barefoot titles that focus on diversity and culture. A few favorites include My Granny Went to Market, Off We Go to Mexico, and Tales from Old Ireland.


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It’s Spring and that means it’s time for NEW SPRING TITLES from Barefoot Books!

Go to www.barefootbooksindy.com to see all of our wonderful books, puzzles, puppets, games and art. Here is a sampling of new Spring titles:

* Baby’s First Book
* Playtime Rhymes for Little People
* The Sounds Around Town
* Ship Shapes board book
* I Wish I Were a Pilot board book
* Knick Knack Paddy Whack

Want to see more of our wonderful products up close? Book a home party today! Call me at 317.908.5934!

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Something to ponder …

If you could have written ANY children’s book ever written in the history of the world, which would it be, and why? For me, hands down, it would be Alice in Wonderland…the original “nonsense” book set at Christ Church in Oxford (WAY, WAY, WAY before Harry Potter).
Think about it. I’d love to hear what your pick would be and why …

what?? we can all dream,  can’t we?? 🙂

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Oprah loves Barefoot Books!

Oprah thinks Barefoot Books are just great!  Whole World mini edition will be featured in Oprah Magazine’s “The O List” in their February issue!  Pictured in the center of a two page spread, Whole World is displayed with an interior shot, the cover image and the CD which is so bright and appealing to any reader flipping through.  The description reads: Printed on forest-friendly paper, this sweet little children’s book includes a sing-a-long CD and eco-tips for preserving the planet.

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This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and other awards for the best children’s and young adult literature at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

The winners are:

JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)


Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion)
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam/GP Putnam’s Sons)

RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL for the most distinguished American picture book for children

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)


Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story From the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Ellen Levine (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (FSG/Frances Foster)
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion)

CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARDS recognizing African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults that demonstrate sensitivity to “the true worth and value of all beings”


Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)


November Blues by Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum)
Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith Jr. (Candlewick)


Let It Shine, illustrated by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum)


The Secret Olivia Told Me, illustrated by Nancy Devard; written by N. Joy (Just Us Books)
Jazz on a Saturday Night, by Leo and Diane Dillon (Blue Sky Press)

MAY HILL ARBUTHNOT HONOR LECTURER honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site

Walter Dean Myers

MILDRED L. BATCHELDER AWARD for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the U.S.

VIZ Media, publisher of Brave Story, by Miyuki Miyabe, translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith


Milkweed Editions, publisher of The Cat: Or, How I Lost Eternity, by Jutta Richter, illustrated by Rotraut Susanne Berner, and translated from the German by Anna Brailovsky

Phaidon Press, publisher of Nicholas and the Gang, written by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jacques Sempé, and translated from the French by Anthea Bell

PURA BELPRÉ AUTHOR AWARD to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sean Qualls (Holt)


Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (Marshall Cavendish)
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale, retold by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael Austin (Peachtree)
Los Gatos Black on Halloween, written by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Holt)


Los Gatos Black on Halloween, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Marisa Montes (Holt)


My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: la vida de Gabriel García Márquez, illustrated by Raúl Colón, written by Monica Brown (Luna Rising)
My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo, written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez (Children’s Book Press)

ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL for excellence in children’s video

Kevin Lafferty, producer, John Davis, executive producer, and Amy Palmer Robertson and Danielle Sterling, co-producers, of Jump In: Freestyle Edition

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL AWARD to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the U.S. during the preceding year

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems (Hyperion)


First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
Hello, Bumblebee Bat, written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (Charlesbridge)
Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Harcourt)
Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Holt)

ODYSSEY AWARD for the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the U.S.

Jazz, Live Oak Media


Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy, Listen & Live Audio
Dooby Dooby Moo, Weston Woods/Scholastic
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Listening Library
Skulduggery Pleasant, HarperCollins Audio
Treasure Island, Listening Library SIBERT MEDAL for most distinguished informational book for children

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís (FSG/Frances Foster)


Lightship by Brian Floca (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
Nic Bishop Spiders by Nic Bishop (Scholastic/Scholastic Nonfiction)

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Here it is!

Should I keep the two blogs separate???


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