30 January 2009

Wanna Win a Book?

Want to win a beautiful book for your kid(s)? One that you'll enjoy, too?*

A friend of mine, Tammy, is a independent rep for Barefoot Books, a company based right down the road from me in Cambridge, MA. Their books are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, multicultural, and did I say gorgeous? (Incidentally, their retail store is also an utter delight, so if you live in greater Boston, get thee over there, post-haste.)

Tammy has generously offered to give one of my readers the book of his or her choice. All you need to do is click through here, take a look around, and leave a comment letting me know which book looks most appealing to you. You have until midnight on Monday, February 2, 2009 to let me know which book you'd like to win. Two important things to know:
  • Clicking through on that link will give you 10% off any purchases you make through midnight on Monday;
  • Barefoot is having a big Winter Sale until midnight on Monday, so that 10% will be on top of already reduced prices.
In any case, on Tuesday, I'll pick a winner from the comments at random, and that person will receive the book of his or her choice for free from Tammy.

I don't do a lot of giveaways and promos on my site, but books in general are really wonderful and Barefoot books are especially wonderful. The company was founded by working moms, and they offer a better selection of multicultural stories than I've found anywhere else. They also have a good selection of titles in Spanish.

Go! Browse! Buy! And let me know what you'd like to win in the comments.

*Are my kids the only ones who consistently choose my least favorite books from our shelves? I swear, it's like they know which ones I detest and deliberately choose them any time we're reading. Like every night. And most mornings. And often throughout the day. I know that it's not all about me, but really, if I have to read Little Quack one more time, I might just go insane.

98 comments:

Cris said...

The Gigantic Turnip!

kim said...

Oh my goodness, there are so many to look at! I'll pick The Tear Thief for my preschooler. Thanks for the great giveaway!

SyberSpaz said...

I want the

Barefoot Book of Stories From The Opera

it's such an awesome idea :)

Snickollet said...

Cris--

That Gigantic Turnip book cracks me up. I mean, awesome, right? It's about a freakin' turnip!

-snick

Jodi @ SNAPPED said...

My little princess would adore the Barefoot Book of Princesses!
What a sweet give-a-way!

KMDH said...

Looks like a wonderful store. The "I Took the Moon for a Walk" looks like the perfect book to read to my kids at bedtime.

Watercolor said...

The Boy Who Grew Flowers!

Mama said...

Faerie Tales From Far and Wide because we're having another girl in a couple months. If she's anything like her sister, she'll be in faerieland for the first 5 years of her life. Ahh, girls.

Janice said...

Thesaurus Rex!!!!

Jill said...

I'd love to win a lap book, in particular:
Listen, Listen
Written by: Phillis Gershator
Illustrated by: Alison Jay

TRLFAN1 said...

The Story Of Divaali looks like a great book. Thanks for the entry!

Anonymous said...

My son would love Animal Boogie (I would buy it with the CD since I am not a great singer.) Thanks for the info, I am off to shop.

strugibear at gmail dot com

Annie said...

I would love a copy of Jack and the Beanstalk in Spanish for my son. He loves when we read to him in Spanish!

Anonymous said...

I can't decide between Zig Zag Zebra - Paperback and Tenzin's Deer (BIG DIFFERENCE). My 2 year old b/g twins are obsessed with art right now (daddy is an artist), so I am starved for new and exciting things to stimulate them. We spend most of our time with raw materials, but I do like to throw in some things to give them ideas periodically. That covers Zig Zag Zebra. Tenzin's Deer is something I have been searching for. We have Christian grandparents who keep buying bible story books and things of that nature and are drowning the kids with it. I have NOTHING against Christians. I believe Jesus lived, but do not adhere to any organized religion. I find myself most drawn to Buddhist ideals - this book is a perfect way for me to introduce some of those ideas to the kids. I just want them to be introduced to all ideas so they can make a decision on their own when they are older. Daddy is an Atheist. I totally respect his position and just want to find a good way to present all the philosophies to them. Thanks for the chance to win and the introduction to the site. I will definitely share it. I know so many moms who would love the items offered there. -Christa

Kirsten said...

I have read The Parrot Tico Tango to my classes of 1st graders for years, both in Spanish and English. Now that I'm at home with my daughter, I don't have a copy and would love one. I love Barefoot Books-- thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda said...

Love the Aligator Alphabet! and the aligator! it is TOOO cute. My birthday starts in 2.5 hours so maybe I will be lucky!!

Haitian-American Family of Three said...

Ohhh the Motherbridge of Love book! This book looks amazing and my babe and I love reading about other kids adoption stories.

Melissa said...

Any of the "Bear" books would work for us - bears are big with my 21-month-old twins. Thank you for the giveaway!

Watercolor said...

Okay, everyone is saying why they picked their book, lol! I picked The Boy Who Grew Flowers as one I could read my nephews. As a single 40 year old I've recently had to accept that I will never be a mom and those little guys are the closest I'll ever get. And since it is about people with special gifts but who don't quite fit in with everyone else, it seemed to fit the relationship of sweet boys and their doting aunt (who is a fish out of water with most women by not having kids). I don't know if that makes any sense. LOL! But that is why I was drawn to that book.

Holly said...

El loro Tico Tango - Paperback
Looks fun!

Anonymous said...

snick

I would have to pick the Book of MONSTERS!! We adopted our daughter from China two years ago when she was a toddler. A confident girl with great self esteem by day, her demons come out at night. While we struggle to parent this child with so many hard questions (way earier than we were prepared to answer them), I would love her to see that Monsters, real or imagined, exist for people all over the world and there are great stories crafted from the fears of others. To think that "Once upon a time" someone, somewhere, asked their parents to check under the bed for a Yeti!
Amanda in ATL

aqua said...

Wow, you're right, the books look gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!

I think my son would love I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur.

:)

Ellie said...

Ah, we adore Barefoot Books. *smile*

Genius of Leonardo, by Guido Visconti.

Now. Sadly? My 6.5 yo still loves Little Quack. Fortunately, not exclusively ...

Tracy said...

Nice Giveaway, I'd like, Goddesses A World of Myth and Magic.

Tammy said...

I just wanted to share one of Barefoot's books with you- Motherbridge of Love. It's a beautiful book about adoption written by an anonymous Chinese mother who gave up her daughter. This is such a great example of the heart and soul of Barefoot Books- http://www.barefoot-books.com/us/site/pages/motherbridge.php.

Tammy
Barefoot Books Stallholder

kim said...

Wow...pretty difficult to pick just one! I LOVE children's books. I'm a law librarian by profession but a children's librarian in my heart. I think I'll pick My Granny Went to Market b/c it's unlike anything I have in my collection.

Rachel said...

Yes, my son always picked my least favorite books to read...thankfully my mom was there and she didn't mind, so I got a break from time to time.

I'd really love the beaver finger puppet, but if it has to be a book I'd go with the Barefoot Guide to Fairies

Lisa from VA said...

Dotty Spotty Doodles - I love art activity books that are unique.

Great site!

Jengy said...

I love the Global Adventures Set! My daughteris facinated with things of the world. She would love it! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I would love the Secret Seahorse book. We love all things sea-related in our house and would love to give this as a gift to my brother and his wife to read to my new baby niece, due in a few weeks.

Thanks!

thebiermanns at verizon dot net

I'm Still Me said...

Aligator Alphabet

Anonymous said...

Either Walking Throught the Jungle or I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur.
Thanks for the link, I just added it to my bookmarks.
Susan
s(dot)mazzoni(at)verizon(dot)net

Madelyn said...

Mama Panya's Pancakes!

Supa Dupa Fresh said...

How terrific, but Shortstack is in a funk and says "I don't want to win any books!"

I will comment however, on the worst kids book ever: Disney's Princess Story Book collection. This appalling set of stories puts an adult, romantic slant on every story. This tone is nauseating to mothers and fathers alike, causing them to substitute words and gag. Not only inappropriate and baffling to the young ‘uns, this tone teaches them the worst practices: I mean, imagine your teenage daughter just knowing by looking in someone’s eyes that she could trust them. Even though they are Tarzan and don’t speak English. This ethic and romantic veil is even applied to animals, for example when Bambi is wooed by whatsername the cute little doe, he can tell there is something more than just playing going on. It is truly SICK.

And I say this as a Mom who’s perfectly comfortable with most of the pink Barbie and Disney crap out there.

Barefoot books are gorgeous – I’ll keep an eye out for them!

Rebecca said...

We have Where's the Cat? and my guys love to find the cat. I also enjoy the Cleo books---such pretty illustrations. I got one when my nephew was born for his sister all about Cleo being jealous of a new puppy. Super sweet.

abernier said...

The Great Race - it's lovely, and my 71/2 year olds can read it themselves (although I'll want to read it with them!), and it'll give us some depth to examining the descriptions of the Chinese zodiac signs on the placemats at Chinese restaurants.

Michaela said...

Longtime lurker, first time caller... I love Mother Goose Remembers. Barefoot stuff is great... Thanks for the giveaway!

Pantheist Mom said...

"Little Leap Forward" by Yue and Farrow

Tracy said...

What a great store to browse through, and a great giveaway. I would love "I Took the Moon for a Walk". It looks like the perfect bedtime book! Thanks

Mary Ellen said...

The Elusive Moose!
My 2-year-old girls crack me up when they point to moose and say, "Moosh!"
But they're all beautiful!

Gillian said...

We're Sailing Down the Nile looks so cool. Books for Africa - what a fantastic idea! Am I disqualified if my 9 month old will just eat it?

sincerely, Gillian

JTW said...

Dragon on the Doorstep; great store!

beyond said...

great giveaway. i love children's books. i would choose: Giants. Ghosts and Goblins. or I Took the Moon for a Walk.

Chel said...

There were a lot of them that I liked but I kept going back to How Big is a Pig so that would be my choice.

Brooke said...

Star Seeker!

It's me, Kenna! said...

How fun is this?

I'd choose Gigantic Turnip!

Thanks!

Lisa said...

Great books! I think my twins would be intrigued with I Took The Moon For a Walk. barefoot Book Of Blessings comes in second. Always looking for something that celebrates all religious beliefs. Thanks for the contest.:o)

Davida said...

We checked it out from the library but I would love to own "I took the moon for a walk."

susan said...

I've got my eye on The Faerie Book/CD combo.

And now I'm going off to browse for some upcoming bd presents, too.

We love the Barefoot Books we have in our collection already. They are all so well-illustrated--lovely colors, bold designs. And you're right, lots of diversity in the characters, too.

Jana said...

Ooh, what a great site!

I like the Tales of Wisdom and Wonder.

llp said...

I would like Star Seeker - I love the illustrations. My son is a little young for that book, but I would love to read it.

karen said...

Oh, wow, such a great site- i like I Took the Moon for a Walk.

Anonymous said...

' The Animal Boogie' sounds like fun!

-PK

Jessica said...

Hey Snick- Lurker here, fellow twin mom. I think the "I Took the Moon for a Walk" looks really nice. :)
-Jessica

Ellen said...

Excellent books. It's really too hard to decide, but fave here would be The Barefoot Book of Faeries.

The Gift We've Been Given said...

Jack And The Beanstalk looks interesting. I am drawn to the artwork. Ha, Ha.

Beth in CA said...

Oooh! So beautiful! Tales of Wisdom and Wonder for me, please. And thank you.

Kristin said...

OOOO. Tough one. We really enjoyed "When I Took the Moon for a Walk" at the pediatrician's office a while ago. And I'm touched by "Daddy Island." But I think I have to go for...

"Thesaurus Rex"!

See, when I was little, my grandmother gave me a dictionary and a thesaurus for Christmas. I knew what a dictionary was, and I liked words, so that was cool. But I'd never heard of a thesaurus. I was, however, into dinosaurs. So I thought maybe this was a new one that I hadn't read about yet. I was initially disappointed, but (being a wordie at heart) I got over it pretty fast.

Eva said...

I'd love to win Animal Boogie.... unless you have a recommendation for books specially for/ about twins (almost 2)?
Thanks!

Julie said...

Emily's Tiger looks absolutely adorable. So does the Bear series (Bear at Work, etc.) - oh, everything is so cute. Love.

kirsten said...

Knick Knack Paddy wack!
My kids are so into songs these days..they'd love the CD that comes with it.

Colleen said...

Too many good choices! I love Barefoot Books and always look for their imprint when choosing books at our tiny, rural (VT) library. If I could choose any single book for my son, it would be the "Barefoot Book of Knights" paperback and CD. He LOVES books about knights, and CDs are great to listen to on car trips back down to Boston to visit the grandparents. Thanks for this opportunity!

Heidi said...

Gorgeous books! We would love Ballet Stories.

ckcorbin said...

I love You and me. I own a dropin childcare and love to read books to the kids!

moo said...

Alligator Alphabet for us!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...this is tough. We have borrowed both Elephant Dance and My Granny Went to Market from the library, and loved them both. But I think I would opt for Indian Tales for its range of stories. This is a lovely idea.

Shaynee

lmp said...

I own Bear at Home. Both my children have LOVED it, and its simple charm grew on me. Good for the 1-3 yr. old set!

Superha said...

the book of monsters would be perfect for my two little monsters. thanks, snickollet! :)

Elizabeth said...

I would love the "Monsters!" book. It's perfect for my son's expansive imagination.
Thanks :-)

KarenM said...

We do most of our reading together at bed time, so I'd love "I Took the Moon for a Walk."

Lisa T said...

How Big is a Pig looks perfect for my farm animal obsessed toddler!

Emily said...

I volunteer at a school in downtown Washington, DC for a program called Reading Buddies and I can sympathize with having to read the same books over and over again. I think the kids would love to have a fresh book in their classroom - WE'RE SAILING DOWN THE NILE

Maureen M. said...

I love the PBS Book Collection. Thanks for sharing the site. I love the Gigantic Turnip. What a great story.

Shes said...

I like the look of "Come Here, Cleo!". My almost 2 year old is really into cats, only she calls them meow-meows. She LOVES books, and loves to find cats in book illustrations. She is also just starting some wobbly ABC's and 123's! So exciting to see stuff start to click. Hope I win it for her!

The Stewart Report said...

Cow in the Cabbage! And your kids are defintly NOT the only ones who pick the books you hate most over and over. If I have to read 5 Little Ducklings to many more times I'm going to burn that book.

Lauren said...

El nabo gigante! Thanks and thanks for writing in general.

Kelli said...

Wow, I can't believe I've never heard of these books. I just looked @ their site, and can't WAIT to order a few!
Thanks for sharing these with us!

Oh, and my 3yo twins would love the book of monsters or princesses!

And I'm with you on them choosing to read the books we hate!

silene said...

All of the Cleo books appeal to me, and Shrinking Sam looks great as well. Thanks for directing me to this site - I'm off to do some book shopping!

Mommy Turtle said...

The Great Race

This is such good timing ... I have a little one who is half Chinese and have been looking for a book for her about Chinese New Year. Thanks so much for telling us about this great site!

jane said...

What a fun giveaway! My girls would love "My Daddy is a Pretzel" Thanks!

Lyndsay said...

The Gigantic Turnip sounds like fun!

Lori said...

Love babushka since my hubby and I went to the Ukraine. Fabric of Fairy Tale is great as I quilt

katem said...

Catch that Goat

(we love goats in my house)

Karen said...

My 14-month old twin girls have Cleo and Caspar and LOVE it - I had no idea there were others! So, I'd pick Cleo the Cat or any of the other Cleos. Thanks for doing this - such wonderful books.

Anonymous said...

Awesome--thanks Snick! I think I'll pick The Gigantic Turnip. What a great shop! --Jill

Sonia said...

I'd love to win Babushka! :-) My email is:

Johnson(dot)Sonia(at)gmail(dot)com

Chili Pepper said...

Cool books! I would love to have copy of "Barefoot Book of Monsters!" for both of my monsters.

Thanks, Snick.

nancy in sominn said...

I would love "El Mundo"....it would be donated to the "Farm of the Child" (www.Farmofthechild.org)...so, it would be two give-aways! (while I would love to keep the book for my own kids, the Farm kids need it so much more!
Thanks!

Ginevra said...

"Where's the Cat?" for us, if you please. I think ASH would have fun finding the cat--I've been wondering if at 2.5 he is too young for Where's Waldo, so maybe this would be a good intro to the concept. Thanks for reminding me about BB--I've never been to their store, amazingly, so I will put it on my list.

xo,
J

Ginevra said...

Oh yeah, and ASH totally picks my least favorites too. I have seriously comtemplated giving away Hop on Pop. I tried hiding one book after both T. and I were reading it to him 6+ times a day, but then all I heard was "Forest book? Forest book? Where forest book?" and if we explained that we couldn't find it, that would last about 5 seconds and then we'd be right back to "Where forest book go"? I empathize.

the Spocks said...

Bear About Town, we love bears at our house.

NancyH said...

The music collections are beautiful. My g/b 2yr old twins have loved music since birth and i can never have enough music in our home! I would pick Arthur of Albion, so that my husband could read to our son, Tristan, about the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. My husband has always been fascinated with these stories and named our son after one of the Knights. Or i would pick one of the Goddess books for my daughter.
h2ogoddess71 at msn dot com

Kirthi said...

Alligator alphabet!

Anonymous said...

Motherbridge of Love - Hardcover

As someone who adopted two wonderful daughters I am always looking for help in explaining adoption. I would love to add this book to my library! Thanks!
Maggie (maggie.maye@yahoo.com)

Elsa said...

emily's tiger sounds great

MiMi's Mom said...

My daughter would love The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales - Paperback & CD.

Kel said...

you certainly dont need another comment! lol

Kady said...

Little late comment, but I also love the retail store. My daughters sometimes attend the music times there, and it's just wonderful.