In an article by the Business Insider, they quoted the American Academy of Pediatrics stating:
“reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.”
Many parents and grandparents would agree with this assessment.
NPR’s Storybook Project interviewed a number of authors, actors, politicians, philanthropists, scientists, and musicians to reveal their all-time favorite books they have read to their children. Here are a few:
- Annie-Marie Slaughter, CEO of The New American Foundation: Fagle’s translation of The Odyssey – the kids loved it, it was read slowly to the children and there was comprehension. Many children love to hear the adventures of old as well as new. That is why Barefoot Books has several Greek stories available:
- The Adventures of Odysseus – Hardcover book with Story CDs – tells the story of Odysseus fighting to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. On Sale for $9.99
- The Adventures of Achilles – Hardcover books with Story CDs – tells the story of Achilles, son of a king and a goddess and also the best warrior in Greece. So when Prince Paris claims Helen from a Greek king, and Troy declares war, everyone knows that Achilles will be vital to the Greek cause. With the help of the gods, can young Achilles lead his fellow countrymen to victory against the Trojans? On Sale $9.99
- Melinda Gates, philanthropist: Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” – The book gives you a different perspective on a kid with Asperger’s. They all enjoyed peeking into the mind and heart of somebody who looked at the world a little differently. Barefoot Books celebrates diversity and creates artwork in their books with different handicaps of children and adults:
- The Boy Who Grew Flowers – Rink is a very unusual boy who grows beautiful flowers all over his body whenever the moon is full. Rink and his family are treated as outcasts even though no one knows his strange botanical secret. But one day a new girl arrives at school, and Rink discovers she has some unique qualities of her own. $7.99
- My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words – Follow a bustling family through their busy day! Each scene is teeming with people, places and things, and you’ll meet people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and abilities as you go. Featured in the Wall Street Journal. $19.99
- Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America: Patrice Karst’s The Invisible String – beautiful story about the love that always connects kids and moms — even when kids go off to school and moms go away to work. Her children always talk about that invisible string between them.
- Motherbridge of Love – Featured in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of 2007, this beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and adopted child in a special way. Through the exchanges between a little girl born in China and her adoptive parent, this title offers a poignant and inspiring message to adoptive parents and children all over the world. $7.99
- Shopping with Dad – Venture to the grocery store with this father-daughter duo on a very lively shopping trip. As their cart swings down the aisles, the pair create minor calamity left and right. The rhyming, bouncy text teaches an important lesson about accidents and responsibility, all with a healthy dose of humor. $7.99
- Tony Robbins, motivational speaker: Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree – No one so purely evokes emotions of the heart and soul as giving, receiving, rejection, expectation, love, and sorrow like Shel Silverstein. True, and poetry should be read in its many different forms.
- The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems – Become inspired by this breathtaking collection that brings together seventy-four of the finest poems in the English language, celebrating all manner of human experience. Features introduction from UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. $19.99
- Finn at Clee Point – Finn’s whole village is buzzing about the school fishing competition, and ten-year-old Finn is determined to win. But when he goes out to Clee Point to set his lines and befriends the Finer family, he learns a difficult lesson about loyalty, friendship and long-hidden secrets. On Sale for $6.99
- Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor: Carol Ryrie Brink’s Caddie Woodlawn – Both my daughters loved the brave, big-hearted tomboy Caddie, who is always getting in trouble but ends up saving the day. Strong girls and women abound in Barefoot Books including:
- Cara and the Wizard – 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? $7.99
- The Snow Queen – In this exquisitely illustrated retelling of the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen, an evil troll creates a mirror which reflects the bad and ugly sides of people. When shards of its glass enter a young boy, he rejects his loving family and best friend Gerda. Helped by kind strangers and guided by her warm heart, Gerda makes the perilous journey to rescue her friend from the icy palace of the Snow Queen. Hardcover on Sale for $14.99 with Story CD.
Some of the books are on sale now through the end of October.
We will be having a fundraiser to help buy plants for the Native Plant Garden on October 28th. All the proceeds will be to buy seeds and plants for the new garden. You can sign up for the Facebook party, buy online, or donate.