A couple of weeks ago three beautiful books arrived at our door. It’s hard to describe the superior feel these books have in the quality of the pages. The covers are thick with folds inside cover for bookmarking pages each of which is glossy with stunning illustration.
Barefoot Books had obviously considered the selection they sent the children as there was no arguments who each one should belong to. If this hadn’t made me fall in love with them already I started to browse through their website. The shop is beautifully laid out and broken into categories based on reading ability, age or subject. Top this with inspiring ethos and values and I was hooked!
Master E decided that ‘Never Trust a Tiger’ a book Retold by Lari Don and Illustrated by Melanie Williamson was his but the whole family had a good giggle at this clever and thought provoking tale from Korea. This book is number 2 in a set of animal stories from around the world and we will definitely be looking up the rest.
‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by Lari Don, Celia Chauffrey & Imelda Staunton was Madam’s choice. Included with this classic story is a CD which she regularly puts on in the evenings. I have always encouraged speaking books in the evening so they can wind down with a story instead of finishing the night in-front of a screen; unfortunately it’s not always possible to read to each of them before bed. The book is full of beautiful illustrations which Madam has spent time studying and picking out every tiny detail.
Finally C was given ‘Driving my Tractor’ by John Dobbins & illustrated by David Sim. This book with accompanying CD to sing-a-long to and computer animation to watch on a PC couldn’t be more up his street. He adores tractors and already tries to sing along ‘toot toot and chug chugging – busy day’.
I couldn’t recommend these books more for readers of all ages and I have already marked a few for Christmas gifts. Barefoot Books are currently running a very exciting Sweepstake over on their Facebook page. Every week for 6wks 2 lucky winners will be picked to win 2 complete libraries of Barefoot Books worth £700. One for you to keep and one to donate to your favourite school or charity.