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Friday, February 19, 2010

{Barefoot Books} Review & GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Barefoot Books is a company that began with a Mom who worked from home ~ a goal so many of us mothers have today. The company's books really focus on being culturally diverse and expressive and have very vivid pictures & colors along with so much to stimulate your child's imagination! They really are a children's book company that's a notch above the rest, if you ask me.

Their books fall into 1 of 3 categories, "Fun First Steps," "Tell Me A Story," and "One World, One Planet." "Fun First Steps" is for the smaller children and features early learning themes through books, singalong CDs, games & puzzles. "Tell Me A Story" books help feel your child's creativity. These stories aim to balance art and language - with imaginative illustrations and a good message behind the pictures. The "One World, One Planet" books are about making your child not only culturally aware, but also, musically, environmentally and theatrically!

But beyond shopping by those three categories, you can also shop for Barefoot Books specifically by age or topic, along with searching their best sellers and award winners. Not only that, but when you click to look at a book on their site, it also displays other items that are related and recommended to go along with it, which is fantastic for gift-giving! What makes their website an even better tool is that you can "step in" to the books to see actual pages from the books, along with listening to audio clips of the music on their CDs. Additionally, there are community reviews of books so you can see what other people think of a particular book, as well.

I also love that Barefoot Books offers not just books {both paperback and hard cover}, but many other learning tools for your children. They have everything from stuffed puppets {that go along with particular books} and both traditional and block puzzles to CDs and sticker activities. There really is something for every child, no matter how yours learns best!




a peek inside the "Dotty Spotty Doodles" activity/coloring book

Barefoot Books is a company that actually cares, too. And about more than themselves. Barefoot Books offers "Books That Give Back." By purchasing one of these, you are giving money to certain causes like global conservation, for example. Now that's smart. Not to mention a great way to teach your children about giving and not just receiving.

So we received 3 different books, belonging to each of their 3 categories. The first we checked out was "Bear in a Square," which is a cleverly rhyming book that helps your children identify shapes {and colors} in the fun, spirited manner of "Hide and Seek." As each page progresses from finding one blue square on the first, 2 red hearts on the second, etc., it is also a fabulous tool for learning to count! This would be a fantastic book for a 2nd birthday party, I think!


The second book, "Bear on a Bike," tells the journey of a bear who travels via many different methods {boat, bike, raft, etc.} to many different destinations. It is a great tool for discovering different modes of transportation, and to learn just all the wonderful {creative & imaginative} places one can go {both practically and imaginatively speaking}. The lyrics rhyme and are repetitive, which will inevitably lead to your child reciting the book back to you, I'm sure! And the illustrations are vibrantly rich with so many images, your child will not bore and will keep discovering new things on each page with each new reading of the book, I'm certain!


The third book, "I Took the Moon For a Walk," was already a favorite of our son's before we received it, so we were so delighted when it arrived in the mail! It tells the story of a boy's journey at night, all the while reciting its title phrase {"...when I took the moon for a walk"}. Nocturnal animals are presented, helping your children learn just who's awake at night, and all the illustrations are done in a folk-art way. The premise behind the story really relates to children, I believe, as my own son tells me things like, "Hey, the moon followed us" {too cute!}. And with further benefit, at the end of the book, the phases of the moon are shown, along with some noctural creatures and certain traits they have {such as cats being able to see well in the dark}.

And last, but certainly not least, we received the absolutely adorable "Baby's First Journal." It is, in essence, a baby memory book, but so much more! It includes your typical baby book's statistics to fill in regarding when they were born and first visitors, but it also includes a page to be filled out about your child's first bedroom and what a typical day for your son/daughter is like. I love that there is a whole page {actually 2} for each topic, too {see below}. A huge difference between this baby journal and other ones is that the illustrations are so plentiful, colorful and vivid that this book will truly hold their interest and become a treasure for your little one to cherish forever {that is, if you can let it go and give to them to keep for themselves!}.



inside excerpt from "Baby's First Journal"

BUY IT: Barefoot Books is really a gem, and one you should certainly check out! Visit their site today to make a purchase!

WIN IT: Barefoot Books has generously offered one very lucky Haute Tot and Baby Couture reader one book of their choice! To enter, you must be {or become!} a HTBC PUBLIC Google Friend follower. Once that requirement is met, please visit Barefoot Books and come back and comment on what book you would most like to win {1 entry}. Be sure to leave your email addres in the entry so that I have a way to contact the winner! If there is NO EMAIL left, another winner will be drawn! Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Entrants can enter through March 11th. Winner to be chosen March 12th, 2010. {Contest open to US and Canada only}.

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*Follow Barefoot Books on twitter @livebarefoot (1 entry).
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Please note, I was not paid to do this review.
Opinions are strictly my own, and no one or nothing else has influenced me in my review.



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127 comments:

Megan said...

Would love to have Bear in a Square for my youngest...We have Bear on a Bike and my kids have loved it!
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Megan said...

I'm a follower.
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Kristie said...

I'm a public follower and would love to win the Fireside Stories book!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Ang said...

I would love to win I Took the Moon for a Walk - thanks for a great giveaway!

ang_vaughan@yahoo.com

Bella's Bowtique said...

I would LOVE to win Bear On A Bike. Looks soooooooooo cute!!! Oh and I am already a loyal follower of your blog!!!

What a great giveaway and great exposure to a fantastic company! LOVE IT.


Blessings,
Kristie
bellasbow-tique(at)live(dot)com

Bella's Bowtique said...

I am also a Barefoot Books fan on facebook!
My name is Kristie Stuckel.

Blessings,
Kristie
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Bella's Bowtique said...

I am also a fan of Adam's Blankie on facebook!


Blessings,
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Bella's Bowtique said...

I follow Barefoot Books INc (liveBarefoot) on twitter! I am bellasbowtique!


Blessings,
Kristie
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Jennifer Wells said...

My husband bought my son "One Moose, Twenty Mice" on a work trip to NY. I didn't know it was the same company. Love that book! If we were to choose another one it would be "I took the moon for a walk".

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Jennifer Wells said...

You are in my blog roll.

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Jennifer Wells said...

I am a fan of Adam's Blankie on Facebook.

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Jennifer Wells said...

I have the HTBC button on my blog.

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Jennifer Wells said...

I have the HTBC button on my blog.

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Marci said...

I love these books! It's hard to choose. One favorite that I'd love to win is "The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems."
I'm a follower (june_spirit2628)
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Jennifer Wells said...

I have the HTBC button on my blog.

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Jennifer Wells said...

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Jennifer Wells said...

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Jennifer Wells said...

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jodi233 said...

i am a follower of HTBC
i would pick "Emily's Tiger"
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jodi233 said...

i am an email subscriber
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jodi233 said...

and i subscribe thru google reader
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debbiekl said...

I think my son would enjoy the Magic Train Ride book. Thanks!

debbiekl said...

I'm following barefoot books on twitter (drainl)

jodi233 said...

i am also entered in your peeled snack giveaway
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debbiekl said...

I subscribe via google reader

debbiekl said...

I entered the rockin' green soap giveaway
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Nature Manipulated said...

I follow your blog and I would choose African Tales.

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Nature Manipulated said...

I'm a facebook fan of Barefoot Books (Michelle Sz.)

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I'm following liveBareFoot on twitter (@NMGiveaway)

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I entered your Booger Butts giveaway.

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I entered your Katydid giveaway.

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I entered your Smartipants giveaway.

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I'm following you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway.

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Shelly said...

I would love the Animal Boogie Book with CD

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I am following your blog

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following on FB as shelly hill

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Shelly said...

1. entered the smartipants

Shelly said...

entered the peeled snacks

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3. entered the scholastic giveaway

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Lazy Apples said...

I would really have to think about which one I would like. I love barefoot books and have already started a collection of them for my daughter!

The Tear Theif is a beautiful one! I read it all the time!

Nad said...

I would love I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur for my kiddo.
Thanks for the chance!

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Nad said...

I'm a suscriber in Google Reader.

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Nad said...

I follow Barefoot Books on twitter as naughtynad.

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Nad said...

I entered the Scholastic Books giveaway.

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Nature Manipulated said...

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Mama Jan said...

I would love to win Octopus Opposites! One of my son's very favorite books is Alligator Alphabet!

Mama Jan said...

I'm a fan of Barefoot Books on FB.

Mama Jan said...

I follow you on Twitter (@fourharpdesigns)

Mama Jan said...

I tweeted:
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Mama Jan said...

I follow liveBarefoot on twitter.

Shelly said...

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KC, of course! said...

Octopus Opposites looks really cute, and I think that's a great book to have for young kids.

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KC, of course! said...

I am a google subscriber.

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KC, of course! said...

I am following Adam's Blankie on Twitter.


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KC, of course! said...

I am following Barefoot Books on Twitter.


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KC, of course! said...

I blogged about this entry.


http://oneplusoneis3.blogspot.com/2010/02/haute-tot-and-baby-couture-is-having.html


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KC, of course! said...

I'm a fan of Adam's Blankie on facebook.


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KC, of course! said...

I became a fan of Barefoot Books on Facebook.


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KC, of course! said...

I tweeted.


http://twitter.com/OneplusOneis3

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KC, of course! said...

I added the Haute Tot and Baby Couture button.

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KC, of course! said...

I added the Adam's Blankie button.


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KC, of course! said...

I added you to my blog roll.

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KC, of course! said...

I entered the Smartipants giveaway.

Irene said...

I am following this blog now, I would love Mother Goose Remembers.

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I am going to become a fan of Adam's Blankie, and Barefoot Books on facebook, and follow both twitter requirements. @ihopper

Kim said...

follower - and I'd love to get Shopping with Dad!

Kim said...

twitter follow them - kgail11

Kim said...

email subscriber

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Elsie said...

The Who's in the Garden book is just wonderful, I see,
From the preview, I think it is great, absolutely!

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Christina Hidek said...

I'd like to have The Barefoot Book of Pirates because my oldest is really into pirates right now AND stories on CD. He doesn't really nap anymore (boo!) but I can get him to rest in his room and listen to stories (Magic Treehouse, mostly).

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Christina Hidek said...

I'm following Barefoot Book on Twitter (chidek)

JenniferB said...

I like the Gigantic turnip book
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subscribed with google reader-ejxd95@gmail.com

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following barefoot books on twitter-jblanton41
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jennifer57 said...

the lotion-to-powder

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Rachel C said...

Octopus Opposites looks like a cute book.
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entered peeled snacks giveaway.
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entered prairie grass giveaway.
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entered Oompa giveaway.
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@EBMR said...

I publicly follow your blog and would love Mama Panya's Pancakes

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Fanned Barefoot on FB

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Fanned you on FB

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Misusedinnocence said...

I would also love to read The Faerie's Gift. =)

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stash mama said...

I think I would pick....octopus opposites...I follow
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stash mama said...

I subscribe by email
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stash mama said...

I subscribe by google via reader
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stash mama said...

I am a barefoot fb fan
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I am a adams blankie fb fan
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stash mama said...

I follow barefoot on twitter
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stash mama said...

I follow you on twitter...annnnd I tweeted!
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K said...

The Who's in the Garden book looks adorable!

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K said...

Google friend!

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Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I follow your blog. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I would choose Who's in the garden for my daughter. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Follow you on twitter & tweeted. http://twitter.com/dramaqueensmum/status/10337589397

Tylerpants said...

I follow. The Story Tree looks like a fun book! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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tina reynolds said...

I would pick I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

email subscriber to your blog

tina reynolds said...

fan of Barefoot Books on Facebook id is lepaige

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Adam's Blankie on Facebook id is lepaige

tina reynolds said...

I follow on twitter and I tweeted http://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/10348241122

tina reynolds said...

I follow on twitter and I tweeted
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trixx said...

I'm a follower. My daughter and I would enjoy 'Kid's Kitchen' together! peanut{at}nyc.rr.com

trixx said...

I'm a Google feed subscriber

trixx said...

I'm an email subscriber