Barefoot Saturday: The Prince’s Breakfast

The Prince’s Breakfast

theprincesbreakfast_w_9Jaunty text and vibrant illustrations take a fussy prince on a global adventure in search of foods that he will eat. With story CD narrated by Hugh Bonneville!
• MULTICULTURAL JOURNEY: The royal trip around the globe introduces foods and mealtime practices of many cultures
• PICKY EATERS: Perfect for families struggling with mealtimes
• LESSONS FOR LIFE: Joins The Prince’s Bedtime to address common frustrations for families with small children

Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer
Narrated By: Hugh Bonneville

The Prince’s Breakfast is a wonderful new book published by Barefoot Books written by Joanne Oppenheim and Illustrated by Miriam Latimer. In fact, its the sequel to The Prince’s Bedtime which happens to be one of my favorite children’s books. The Prince’s Breakfast is about a little boy who refuses to eat nothing but dry toast and hot chocolate. The king and queen decide to introduce to him foods from around world to try to get him to eat. Their travels take them to India, Mexico and Zambia. In each amazing place, the Prince refuses to try anything. However at the end of their travels, a man brings a simple bottle of something yummy for the Prince to try. Well, it worked and the Prince will now try anything as long as he has his special bottle of yumminess.

This book has so many things for your child to enjoy. First, the illustrations are so beautiful. I love Ms. Latimer’s art work. Every page is so vivid and bright where a child will be caught up in the story. Second, the words of the story flow so nicely and the rhyming scheme is very fun. It’s a fun way for a child to be more familiar with rhyming words. And last, your child will be able to visit some amazing countries and learn about food from that country. In India, we are introducted to  idlees and dahl, in Mexico, it’s tortillas, fried eggs, avocado and salsa and finally, in Zambia, it’s plantains and other amazing fruits. Your child’s tummy will definitely rumble with hunger after reading The Prince’s Breakfast.

The Prince’s Breakfast is a wonderful to read to your child or for her to read on her own. My younger daughter loved it!


Barefoot Saturday: Happily Ever After




Do you have a princess in your life who loves to read? You do?! So do I! In fact I have two amazing daughters. I’m so blessed to have two incredibly smart, vivacious and beautiful girls. They love to read whether its by themselves or cuddled up next to me for story time. Do you have story time at your house? I can’t tell you enough have important it is. I have been reading to my girls since the day they were born and I truly believe it has made them into the little readers they are today.

Today I’m going to recommend some amazing books for your little princess from little bitty to big girls. I hope you take the time and look at these wonderful books.

PrincessAndTheWhiteBearKing_PBwCD_WThe Princess and the White Bear King

Ride along with the beautiful princess and the majestic white bear on a voyage in the snowy north. When the young princess inadvertently betrays the mysterious white bear, she must prove her loyalty and strength through a series of trying tasks, in order to regain her lost chance at happiness. Book with CD editions include story read by actress Miranda Richardson.

Ages 5 to 11 years
Retold By: Tanya Robyn  Batt
Illustrated By: Nicoletta Ceccoli
Narrated By: Miranda Richardson

I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are so beautiful and the story delivers a very strong message of being a strong and loyal young lady.

The Twelve Dancing Princessestwelvedancingprincesses_pb_temp-w

Every night, the king wishes his twelve beautiful daughters good night and locks the doors to their bedroom tight. But every morning, the princesses’ shoes are worn through. Where do they go every night? The twelve famous sisters shimmer across the pages of this gorgeous retelling of the classic tale.
 Ages 8 and up
Retold By: Mary Hoffman
Illustrated By: Miss Clara
This book comes into two beautiful formats; a chapter book for your confident reader and hardcover with a story CD. You will be amazed at these books.

BFBPrincesses_HCwCD_WThe Barefoot Book of Princesses

 Meet seven very strong and special princesses in this collection drawn from sources from around the world. Each faces challenges and trials, and each finds a way to triumph with bravery, compassion, ingenuity and a little bit of luck. Book with CD editions include stories read by Margaret Wolfson.
Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children
 Ages 4 to 9 years
Retold By: Caitlín Matthews
Illustrated By: Olwyn Whelan
Narrated By: Margaret Wolfson
The best part of this book is that each story comes from a different country and culture. Your little girls will read and learn about princess that she has never known.

The Kite Princesskiteprincess_genhb_w_1

 Princess Cinnamon Stitch is a tomboy who has no interest in courtly life. She’d rather cartwheel through puddles and dance with alley cats. Can she show the king and queen that there’s more to life than being pretty and good? Includes instructions for making your own kite.
Audio CD includes two versions of the story: one with page-turn chimes and one without.

Ages 3 to 8 years
Written By: Juliet Clare Bell
Illustrated By: Laura-Kate Chapman
Narrated By: Imelda Staunton

This book shows you that it is ok to be different, strong and independent. It gives a wonderful message to your little girls.

Real-Princess-UKUSHBPB_HRES_mockup_WThe Real Princess

A Mathemagical Tale

    Practice your math skills while enjoying this quirky take on “The Princess and the Pea.” The King and Queen and their three sons are on the search for a real princess, but it is only the Queen who knows the secret. After the story, there is an opportunity for readers to test their counting skills with fun number games. Book with CD edition includes story read by actress Juliet Stevenson.

Ages 4 to 9 years
Written By: Brenda Williams
Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus
Narrated By: Juliet Stevenson

I love this book. It is a wonderful way to learn numbers and counting.

I hope you enjoy these Barefoot recommendations for the little princess in you life!

Barefoot Saturday: Why I love Barefoot

Why I love Barefoot Books

As you can tell, I’m a complete book nut. I absolutely loves books and reading is a huge part of my life. I don’t think I would keep my insanity if I didn’t have a book handy. I’m hoping to give that passion for reading to my daughters and Barefoot gives me that opportunity. I remember, in 2007, when I was first introduced to Barefoot. I went to a home party and I fell in love! The books were so beautiful. All of the books just popped out at me. I even remember the first books that I bought: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon, The Prince’s Bedtime, Farmyard Jamboree,Cleo’s Color Book, and Zoe and Her Zebra. From that moment I was completely hooked.

Very shortly after that party, I became a Stallholder (the title before Ambassador). I joined on a whim. I didn’t even tell my husband (probably not the smartest thing). When I received my starter kit, I thought I died and gone to Heaven. I couldn’t wait to share these books with all of the my family and friends. Barefoot Books are so special and unique. You don’t see them at any book store. So, once again, I couldn’t wait to share Barefoot with everyone I knew.

My launch party was a complete success. I loved seeing my guests’ eyes when they first opened a book. Every book is a work of art and everyone appreciated that. I sold a lot of books that day. I, also, booked several parties. It was a great day! From that day on, I had a passion for sharing Barefoot with EVERYONE!

Due to family issues, I had to leave Barefoot in 2010. BUT, in March 2013, my passion returned and a became a Barefoot Ambassador. My passion not only returned, but it has increased tenfold! I’m, now, part of a wonderful Barefoot family. I love the support I receive from my Barefoot mentor, Allison, and all of the members of the Barefoot community. It is truly a community. If I feel little frustrated and discouraged, all I need to do is turn to other Ambassadors and I will get that support I need.

For me, Barefoot is not all about making money; it’s about watching a child when they open his/her first Barefoot Books. I love hearing “Mommy, Mommy can I get this books?” It’s music to my ears. Furthermore, I hear from parents that they have never seen these books before. I love talking to them and telling them the Barefoot story.

Now, I’m doing all kinds of Barefoot events: home parties, fundraisers, craft fairs. I’ve met some amazing people and, of course, I get to share Barefoot. I going to leave you now with one of my favorite Barefoot Singalongs, A Dragon on the Doorstep. Enjoy!!

Barefoot Saturday: Winter Days


In Oklahoma, the temperatures are below freezing and my girls really can’t go outside and play. Boredom comes pretty quickly and I hear “I’m bored!” about every 2 seconds. What to do?! Recently, my girls have started doing some yoga. They will watch and follow a yoga DVD or they give grab their handy Barefoot Yoga Deck and start doing poses.  I love the Yoga Deck. My girls can either practice alone or together. It is so much fun! And there times that I will join in the fun! We will laugh so hard that our sides hurt!


Yoga Pretzels

50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids & Grownups

Stretch your way to a fun and healthy lifestyle with each of the fifty yoga poses in this colorful deck. Written by Yoga Ed., these cards include forward bends, back bends, partner poses, and balance poses.
Founded by Tara Guber, Yoga Ed. develops and produces health and wellness courses, trainings and products for teachers, parents, children and health professionals. To find out more about Yoga Ed.,  please visit

For all ages
Written By: Leah Kalish, Tara Guber
Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus

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Another wonderful to pass the time on these wintery days is in the kitchen. My youngest daughter loves to cook. Right now, she is an avid Pioneer Woman (aka Ree Drummond) fan. The Kid’s Kitchen have many healthy and fun recipes for you to try with your kids. Another great thing is that all the recipes are vegetarian! I will have my daughter pick out one card and then I will get out all the ingredients. Then the fun begins!! It’s a great way to spend time on the frigid days!


Kids’ Kitchen

40 Fun and Healthy Recipes to Make and Share

Step into the kitchen for some child-friendly fun with food. The forty recipes in this colorful deck are based around the five main food groups, and offer a healthy and exciting way to learn about cooking.

Ages 8 and up
Written By: Fiona Bird
Illustrated By: Roberta Arenson


Now you have some fun ideas for your kids on these cold wintery days!


Barefoot Saturday: Winter Time Fun

Winter is my favorite time of the year. Warm clothes, hot tea, reading by the fire; those are some of my favorite things. Of course, reading by the fire would be number one of my list. In Oklahoma, we received our first winter blast. We even had a snow day on Friday. We had so much fun playing in the snow. After playtime, now its time to snuggle up and read your favorite Barefoot Book with your kids. Storytime is such a wonderful time for you and your children. I love when I have my girls on either side of me, listening to my voice and hearing a story being told. Such wonderful memories! Here are some of our favorite stories.


Storytime_PBwCD_W_3First Tales for Sharing

Share a traditional tale and provide a stepping stone into the land of art and story. The seven folk tales in this colorful collection are well known and well loved, and each imparts an important lesson using humor, action, adventure and classic characters. Book with CD edition includes stories read by actor Jim Broadbent.

Ages 3 to 7 years
Retold By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Anne Wilson
Narrated By: Jim Broadbent

Our favorite story is The Gingerbread Man. “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” We all sing it together!

Reading to your kids will give your family long-lasting memories that you will treasure forever. You will also be creating lasting traditions for your family. Your kids will be reading these same stories to their children.


Barefoot Saturday: Miss Clara

I have you experienced Miss Clara at Barefoot Books? Whether it be chapter books or the new hardcovers with CDs, your child will experience magic, beauty and wonder! Each book is a work of art. The chapter books are for your confident readers. If your school uses the AR system, these books are rated a 5.6. The new hardcovers are beauty unto themselves. I absolutely love them. I can get lost in every single illustration! Each hardcover is accompanied with a story CD. I love putting the CDs into my car and my girls can listen to the beautiful stories.



The Princess and the Pea


Twelve Dancing Princessess

Twelve Dancing Princessess


The Snow Queen


Barefoot Saturday: Origami

In 2007, when I initially joined the Barefoot community, books were the only items available. Now Barefoot offers puzzles, puppets, games and ORIGAMI. I love the origami kits. My girls and I tried the pink airplane kit and it was so much fun. We had paper airplanes flying all through the home. You know what is really great? Barefoot has two different kits, one blue and one pink. Girls love airplanes too! There are origami kits for all age levels. The animals, birds, and faces are wonderful for the 4 to 10 year olds. The airplanes are for seven and up. And last for the older kids Barefoot has Dragons & Chimeras and Kokeshi dolls. These origami kits are perfect for the upco1381744_10202178497812546_934711550_nming snowy days. Plus, they make great birthday presents and holiday gifts.


Barefoot Saturday: Happy Halloween!

Since it’s almost Halloween I thought I would feature some wonderful early readers, The Magic Series and The Monster Stories. These books are great are your new little readers! Each of these stories come from a different country and your child will each story. Plus, The Monster Stories are included the Accelerated Reader Program so your child can receive credit at school.

Cara and the Wizard

magicstories_caraandthewizard_pb_w_3A Story from Ireland

    Two Irish sisters love each other very much. When Molly vanishes one morning, Cara decides she will go out into the wide world to find her. She is armed only with gifts from her mother and father, and her own kindness and courage. Can brave Cara defeat a wolf and a wizard to bring back her beloved sister?
Ages 6 and up
Written By: Liz Flanagan
Illustrated By: Valeria Docampo

The Terrible Chenoo

A Story from North Americamonsterstories_4_chenoo_pb_w

    Discover what happens when a brave woman and her husband are kind to a savage and terrible Chenoo. Instead of letting themselves be scared of this man-eating monster, they feed him caribou meat, provide him with clothes and make him snug and warm in their teepee. Can they melt his frozen heart?

Ages 6 to 11 years
Retold By: Fran Parnell
Illustrated By: Sophie Fatus

The Terrible Chenoo is my 6 year old daughter’s favorite. She even tears up at the end. Don’t let the Monster title fool you. It is a very sweet story.

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Barefoot Saturday: Driving My Tractor

Here’s another wonderful book and puzzle on sale this month!

Driving my Tractor

drivingmytractor_uspbcdex_fc_wChug along with a farmer and his tractor on this multi-season animal adventure! A busy farmer picks up fifteen animals along his route, but when his trailer hits a stone, chaos ensues. This colorful book combines simple counting instruction with humor, repetition and rhythm to encourage learning fun. Book with CD edition includes song sung by acclaimed children’s performer SteveSongs.

Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Jan Dobbins
Illustrated By: David Sim
Sung By: SteveSongs

Driving my Tractor Puzzle

    Two fun puzzles based on the popular  singalong Driving my Tractor. The larger 12 piece drivingmytractorpuzzle_w_3puzzle shows a winter scene of the farmer picking up the animals in his tractor, while the smaller 24 piece puzzle shows a tractor scene in summer.

 Ages 3 to 7 years
Illustrated By: David Sim

Barefoot Saturday: It’s Harvest October!

I absolutely LOVE fall! For one thing it’s football season. GO SOONERS! Above all, it’s a wonderful time to curl up on the coach with your little ones and read some great stories. Here is one of my all-time favorites from Barefoot Books.

The Gigantic Turnip

GiganticTurnip_PBwCD_WFind out what happens when the old woman, the old man, and all twenty-one animals on the farm try to harvest a rather large root vegetable. This well-loved Russian tale uses humor, counting and repetition to appeal to beginner readers. Book with CD editions include story read by Ellen Verenieks.

The Blue Ribbon Book, The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
ForeWord Magazine‘s Book of the Year Award Finalist
Books for Children, Mother Goose Award Winner
Children’s Book Council NOT Just for Children Anymore! Winner

Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Aleksei Tolstoy
Illustrated By: Niamh Sharkey
Narrated By: Ellen Verenieks

I love The Gigantic Turnip! It’s so entertaining for your children. You will love the giggles you hear as you read each  page. This, also, a lot of layered learning in this book. Your child can count, learn patterns and learn it all with a laugh. Plus, you are reading a story from Russia!. It’s a great way to introduce different tales from different countries to your child. This book is just so much fun!