Barefoot Saturday: The Prince’s Bedtime

The Prince’s Bedtime

Meet a young prince who refuses to go to sleep! The entire kingdom comes out to lend a hand in this rhyming bedtime adventure. There is a hullabaloo of activity—jugglers juggling, magicians hypnotizing, dancers dancing—but it is the wonder of a good story that finally does the trick.
Book with CD editions include story read by actor Jim Broadbent.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer
Narrated By: Jim Broadbent
Do you have a child that refuses to go to bed? I did and that’s why The Prince’s Bedtime was one of the very first Barefoot Books I ever bought. It was the perfect bedtime book for my girls. We loved every attempt that was made to try to get the little prince to go to bed. Every parent can sympathize with all the craziness. However, my girls thought it was hilarious. The illustrations are so much fun and colorful. The story is narrated by the wonderful actor, Jim Broadbent. His narration is wonderful!
This book is a wonderful bedtime story for you and your child. It is fun and entertaining. I highly recommend it!


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Barefoot Saturday: It’s Springtime!

It’s Springtime at Barefoot Books


As I’m looking out my window, I see some luminous rain clouds but I somewhere else there is some beautiful sunshine. But that’s Spring for you. No matter the weather Barefoot Books has some amazing books and activities for Spring. Make sure it read to the end of the post because there is a special offer just for YOU!

For a rainy day try these wonderful books:

Grandpa’s Garden

    This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground, sow rows of seeds, and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all the vegetables and fruit they have grown. Children will be drawn in by the poetry of the language and the warm illustrations, while also catching the excitement of watching things grow!
  Ages 3 to 7 years
Formats: Paperback On Sale $6.39 (regularly 7.99)

Who’s in the Garden?

In this delightful peek-a-boo book, children are invited to look through the holes on every other page to answer the repeating refrain, “Who’s coming to see how my garden grows?” The energetic, rhyming text introduces all sorts of creatures that are busy in the garden.
Notable Books for Children, Smithsonian Magazine.

Ages 1 to 4 years

Format: Large Board Book On Sale $11.99 (14.99)

Written By: Phillis Gershator

Illustrated By: Jill McDonald





For a sunny, beautiful day:

Kids’ Garden

40 fun outdoor activities and games

    Get outside and grow with some child-friendly fun with gardening! Kids’ Garden includes forty activities and games and an eight-page booklet that contains information on gardening tools, year-round plant care and garden safety. These step-by-step instructions are enhanced by colorful collage artwork on each double-sided card and they create a fun and easy way for budding green-thumbs to plant, investigate, learn and experiment.
Gold IPPY Award Winner NAPPA Honors Award Winner Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Tillywig Award Winner, Toys and Games

 Ages 8 and up

Format: Card Deck On Sale $14.99 (19.99)

Written By: Whitney Cohen

Illustrated By: Roberta Arenson



Seeds for the Birds Board Game

Help Mama Bird feed her hungry babies, and watch out for the pesky squirrel who wants to steal seeds for himself!

Ages 3 and up

Board Game $16.99

Produced By: Peaceable Kingdom




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Why I Love to Read: Snowy Days

Why I Love to Read

Snowy Days

Why Do I love to read? Snowy days! Yesterday, in Norman, OK, we got a nice coating of snow. It left the ground and trees with a couple of inches of pretty fluffy flakes. On days like these all I want to do is curl up of my couch with my comfy reading blanket and dig into a good book. Every once in a while I will look out the window to see the pretty flakes coating the ground. On the table next to me will be a steaming cup of hot zen green tea and on the other side of the couch sits my hubby reading on his iPad. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?!

Wait! Enter screaming kids saying, “I’m bored!” My Eden has been disturbed; but only for a couple of moments. I say back “why don’t you read a book?” “That’s a great idea, mommy!” My seven year old will pick up a Dork Diaries book and my five year will pick up a princess reader. We all snuggle together on the couch under my comfy reading blanket. Once again, doesn’t that sound heavenly?

Wait! Enter the dogs, Layla and Ringo, and jump right in the middle of our Eden. Another disruption!! However, all they want to do is find a warm and cozy place to have a little nap. Now on the couch under the comfy reading blanket are mommy, daddy, two little girls and two sweet doggies. I wish my cats could join us but the dogs will go absolutely crazy. Doesn’t this sound like a little bit of Heaven. It does to me!

The little scenario above rarely happens at my house; but on that rare occasion when all the snowy stars are aligned, my idea of a perfect snowy day will actually happen – my family sitting on the couch, warm and cozy, reading our favorite books while watching the snow fall.

That’s why I love to read!