My Own Barefoot Books Giveaway!

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Today's giveaway is for four of our family's favorite Barefoot Books products. I couldn't run a series of giveaways without doing my own!

I have been loving all these artful giveaways, by the way! Besides sharing wonderful companies, products, and people, the excitement generated is so much fun for me. I especially love e-mailing people to let them know they won something on my blog! Everyone is so thrilled and most say they usually never win anything. This series of giveaways to celebrate my four year blogiversary will continue through the end of the month so two more to go, plus a few that are still open. Enter! It may be you whom I e-mail with congratulations on winning!

My Barefoot Books Giveaway Details

Set One is for Older Kids (These are Maia's Favorites):


The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple with absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Helen Cann is Maia's very favorite book at the moment. She wants to read a story (or as many as she can get away with) from this every night at bedtime. It is filled with a collection of dance stories from around the world and comes with a story CD (by Juliet Stevenson) as well.


Kids' Kitchen: 40 Fun and Healthy Recipes to Make and Share by Fiona Bird and illustrated by Roberta Arenson has an important place in our kitchen. I wrote about this set of colorful and fun recipe cards here. We love them! Maia has been cooking more and more these days and is especially interested in making things by herself.

Set Two is for Younger Kids (These are Daphne's Favorites):


The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter is SO fun and is not just one of Daphne's favorites, but mine, too! Kids and animals move and shake in this sing along book with catchy words and super-saturated illustrations. It comes with a music CD (sung by Fred Penner), but I usually sing it myself—it just makes me happy!


As much as we love all the other books and recipe cards above, this box set of four Bear on the Go puzzles is a complete passion of Daphne's. When I first wrote about them here, I said that Daphne had done each puzzle three times. I have lost count by now, but I'd guess at least thirty times each would be about accurate. She calls these puzzles her "spaceship game" (her favorite of the four puzzles depicts bear on a spaceship) and asks for them all the time and even insists on bringing them with her when we go places. I think it helps that they come in a box with a handle. :)

How to Enter

Readers who leave a comment to this post by Wednesday, February 1st at 11:49pm EST will be entered into a drawing to win one of the above sets of Barefoot Books products. Please specify in your comment which set you would prefer to win. The two winners will be selected by random number generator and announced here on Thursday, February 2nd (I will also e-mail the winners directly). Giveaway open to readers in the United States (including APO and FPO addresses) and Canada. Good luck!

P.S. If both winners selected by the random number generator want the same set, I will send them each that set (just to avoid getting too complicated).

This giveaway is now closed.

The random number generator gave me numbers 100 and 126 so Alena and Lyudmyla Tarelkine win the books. Congrats!

Alena said…

We love Barefoot books. We already have 3 of their books which my daughter absolutely loves to read.

Lyudmyla Tarelkine said…

Hello! I can't believe how many giveaways you have, but it is not the reason why I love your blog. Thank you for educating, sharing and inspiring!

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  1. Jas says

    I would love the set for the older kids–my daughter loves dance and wants to learn more about cooking!

  2. Jessamyn says

    The set for the younger ones would be fun for my 21 month old who devours(well, makes us read to him) books like they are cookies!

  3. susan says

    The both sound like so much fun! I think my little one would like Set 1 as he is more involved with his meals and a cookbook would give him a chance to try some new ideas.

  4. Jamie says

    I love being subjected to new books, especially ones in Art. My respective 5.5 and 3 year old daughters would LOVE to win! How neat. Very fun!

  5. Natalie Griffith says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win these books! My daughter is 6, so the older kid books would be perfect! Thanks again:)

  6. Erin says

    Yet another amazing giveaway! We’d love set 1 – my 5 year old would appreciate them so much more than my 9 month old at this point! Thanks again for all the great giveaways this week!!!

  7. christine says

    i’ve wanted more barefoot in our collection for awhile now so i hope i get to explore a few new titles! especially the dance stories book. i’m on a hiatus from teaching preschool dance and would love to get back into it this year, and incorporating many of the wonderful resources out there for connecting dance with literature & visual art!! thanks! c.w.

  8. says

    My daughter Penelope would love the Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. She’s been taking ballet for two years and loves the imagination that goes along with it. Thank you for this Giveaway!

  9. Susan ULrich says

    We would LOVE the first set! (For older kids) I can’t believe I haven’t seen these books in our area..are they in libraries? Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to win :)

  10. says

    We LOVE Barefoot Books! If anyone is raising their kids to be bilingual, they also have a fantastic selection of Spanish/English books (with CD’s!). My kids love these!

  11. kt says

    Oh. I’m torn. I have an older and younger boy. How I about….if I win….I just get the opposite set of the other winner. I think that makes sense. :) thanks again for the fun giveaway!!

  12. says

    I wouldn’t mind either set, I’ve got a child in both age ranges :) These books look so beautifully illustrated! I hope you will write more about your “Barefoot” adventure with us.
    Sarah M

  13. Leigh says

    We used to live blocks from the Barefoot store in Cambridge and I still miss it. I would love the younger set.

  14. says

    We’d love the older kids set. I’m intrigued by the recipes and I know my kids would love them. Also – anything with a story by Jane Yolen is worth looking at. (:

  15. Renee Brown says

    My kids are spaced such that we could probably love both sets, but I think my daughter would love the cooking cards so I’ll go with the older set.

  16. maia says

    Beautiful – my four and five year old are just learning to read themselves and I read to them constantly.

  17. salinda says

    We love,love,love barefoot books! My preschooler and my toddler are both soooo entertained and intrigued with barefoot books colorful illustrations and dance around the room with excitement and joy with barefoot book’s music and rhythm. As well, barefoot books are so educational! I would be honored to win either set of barefoot books. :)

  18. Aly Kantor says

    My New Years Resolution this year is to add as many high-quality children’s books as possible to my library while spending the least amount of money I can get away with (I’m a new teacher), so winning this giveaway would help a ton! I think Set Two might be better for me (just because a classroom can never have too many puzzles), but I would not turn down either set! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  19. Adriana says

    Nice giveaway…I have a 10 month old an a 6 year old…so either would be great..since i have to pick i will pick the puzzle set…thx for all your awesomeness…

  20. dawn says

    Thanks for offering this give away! I love set 2. We would et alot of use out of the book and puzzles. Dawn

  21. says

    I would love to receive the older kid set. We bought our kids the Barefoot Book Poetry book for Christmas and it is so pretty! We love these books!

  22. Kelly McCaffrey says

    We do like these books. The Fairy Tales was excellent. Hadn’t heard of the Dance Tales. Would love to read it!

  23. Tracy Miller-Bell says

    Barefoot Books are a favorite here, too. I think we have grown into Set 1. We love to see all the great things you are sharing – thanks for entering us!

  24. Diane says

    Wow! So excited with all your giveaways! Love your site and all the fun ideas you share. I would love to win this!

  25. Christine said says

    Set 2 would be perfect for getting us up and moving during these cold months! Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Angela says

    I would love to win these for my niece! What a wonderful selections of books. thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Kristin says

    We woud love set two for our younger children. Thank you for the lovely giveaway! Happy four year blogiversary!

  28. Jenny M. says

    I would love the first set, Dance stories and Kids in the Kitchen!! Hope im the next surprised person who usually never wins anything…lol

  29. nikki coley says

    My daughter would LOVE set one. She loves using her brother’s cookbooks. The dancing book has such beautiful graphics. We’ve been wanting to try out some barefoot books. Thanks for introducing me to these. I’ll certainly have to look into these books further. My 4-y-o is crazy about reading. We are book-HUNGRY here. :)

  30. says

    Thank you for the giveaway – Barefoot Books are beautiful. Set 1 if we had to pick (love cooking), but I have younger kids too so either would be great.

  31. says

    I would love either set because I have children who would enjoy either one. But if I need to choose one over the other, then I guess the first set, for older kids. Thanks for the suggestions!

  32. says

    I would love to win the Bear on the Go puzzles! I have a home daycare & the kids love Portside Pirates! We have several Barefoot books and the kids love the songs that go with them, they ask to hear them all the time.
    When I purchase more books I am definitely going through your shop!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  33. christine says

    We would love to win set 1. Your blog is the first time that I have been introduced to barefoot books. The books in the giveaway sound like fun.

  34. Melissa B says

    We love love love barefoot books. We have exhausted our local library’s supply and would love the set for older kids for our very own. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  35. Alena says

    We love Barefoot books. We already have 3 of their books which my daughter absolutely loves to read.

  36. T. Beard says

    Wow. And yet another great giveaway. My son’s music teacher uses the Jungle Boogie with him so it would be great to have our own copy.

  37. Sharian P. says

    We love this books are magical an any set will work in or family since a have a 7 yer old and a new bornd :)

  38. Carey says

    We would love to experience barefoot Books, especially set one. Thank you for the introduction and chance to win!

  39. Stephanie K. says

    We would love the set for the younger kids. That puzzle looks perfect for my almost 2-year old!

  40. Georgine says

    I bought the puzzles, so, if chosen, the first set. My family has been eating horribly this year (yes, already- we are having work done an the house s torn up) so we need the recipe cards. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Moriah says

    even though my son will be turning 3 soon, we would love to add more Jane Yolen to our collection! She is truly an amazing writer. thanks!

  42. Miriam says

    Love these books/puzzles! We’d enjoy the younger set for these early years. Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. Catherine says

    Great books! We would love the set for older children – dancing and cooking are favorite activities in this house!

  44. says

    These are lovely sets and having both a 5-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, I would love either one, but I’ll take the first set as a first choice! Thanks for offering these lovely giveaways. Our whole family is so fond of your site!

  45. michelle says

    lovely lovely barefoot books! the older set would be perfect for our family. thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway!

  46. Lyudmyla Tarelkine says

    Hello! I can’t believe how many giveaways you have, but it is not the reason why I love your blog. Thank you for educating, sharing and inspiring!

  47. Barb says

    I would love to win the set and have my own give away….giving them to a dear friend with two little ones.

  48. Gretchen says

    What a great giveaway! My two-year-old would adore the Bear On The Go puzzles. She loves doing puzzles, and it’s hard to find puzzles at just the right level of difficulty for her.

  49. Willemijn says

    I have a sweet 3-yr old dancer living here… She would loooooove the ‘dancing stories’.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. [email protected] says

    My boys are age 2.5 and 1, so set 2 would be perfect. We can’t get enough of books in this house!!

  51. Katherine Svrcek says

    These books look fantastic, and we will certainly be keeping them in mind as we add to our home library. My 18-month-old would love the second set!

  52. Gina E says

    We can put the older books to use right away, but we have another on the way so we could use the younger ones down the road. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  53. Amber says

    I had never heard of barefoot books until you mentioned them on your website, so thank you so much! I love their vision, philosophy, and aesthetic. Thank you Artful Parent!!

  54. Allison says

    I’d love to win the older set. My son loves cooking and would particularly love the cookbook.

  55. Holly Schwartz says

    I would love to win the set for older kids. What great books!!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Holly in Kentucky

  56. Mary says

    The Dance Stories look amazing. We already have animal boogie and love it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. Molly says

    I would love set one for older children. We have Animal Boogie and it too has been a family favorite!

  58. Karla says

    Great books and giveaway. I have two dancers and budding chefs, so the first set would be great! Thank you.

  59. Marlen O. says

    We would love to have the second set (for younger ones) my little one loves to sing and dance, this set could bring a lot of fun!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  60. Amy Fields says

    We would love the older set! Yolen is a favorite of mine (adult stories) and my son and I have discovered her children’s books!

  61. freshlyplanted says

    What neat products! We would love to win the younger set, my two and a half year old adores puzzles!

  62. Catherine says

    I would love to win either one, but if I had to pick I would pick the second set for younger kids, we would need those first. Thanks for the giveaway.

  63. jennifer says

    yea! i love the sound of that puzzle one, but the set for older kids really caught my attention when you first mentioned that book a while back!

  64. Rhiann says

    Another generous and wonderful giveaway. I, too, LOVE Barefoot Books!!!! We’d love the set for older children! :-)

  65. Mariah says

    We love Barefoot books and already have the Animal Boogie book. We would love set 1, since we love to cook together. Thanks for the opportunity!

  66. Renee says

    I think I’ve got to go with the younger set, since my son is 2 and I have another just on the way.
    We love all the Barefoot Books we’ve discovered so far!

  67. Holly says

    Set two looks like so much fun for are group under four! Thanks for your fun blog! Congrats on the four years!

  68. Kara says

    These books look like so much fun. I would love to teach my son about cooking with the kids’ kitchen.

  69. Susie says

    We would love Set 1 for the older kids. My two daughters love to help out in the kitchen and love twirlying around the house. Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Michal says

    What beautiful options you’re sending our way!
    Would love the bear puzzles or dance book to share with my grandchildren.

  71. kichante says

    set for older kids…as we already have the set for younger and love love them…( + dragon at the doorstep + mulberry bush) …and as our kids are gowing older :)
    Thaaaaaaaaaaaank you so much ;)

  72. Melinda says

    My son and I love dancing and cooking together in the kitchen! We’d love the set for older ones to inspire some new meals and moves :)

  73. Holly says

    We don’t have any barefoot books but after hearing you rave about them, would love to give it a whirl! (younger set. I have a 3 year old)

  74. Joy says

    Set 1 looks perfect for my son. Good luck with your Barefoot business, their products are fantastic.

  75. says

    Our girl’s would love the older kid set! They both like to help in the kitchen and our oldest is likely getting in dependant enough to want aset of things she can make solo. The set of dance stories looks fabulous too. Thanks for offering such a sweet package.

  76. kim says

    Both sets of books look great, the older set is what my kids would like, the dance book looks beautiful.

  77. Amanda C says

    One of my friends was just talking about Barefoot books. We would love the older kids set! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  78. Christina says

    These are fantastic. My 3 year old son would love to win set 2!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Faye E. Hunt says

    The Animal Boogie would be awesome to add to our library. Thank you for this incredible giveaway!

  80. Jessica D says

    My son would love these puzzles! And the book sounds like fun!
    Set number two would be my pick.

  81. Christy says

    I’d love the second set for younger kids. My one year old is just starting to explore the puzzles that he got for Christmas!

  82. Patty Cross says

    These books are perfect for my granddaughters, both into cooking, dancing and living life to the max! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  83. Aly says

    Set one would be prefect for my kids! I’ve had the dance stories and ballet stories on my daughter’s wish list for a while, and I added the Kids’ Kitchen cards to my son’s wish list after seeing your initial post about them.

  84. Katy says

    They both look great! I think I’d go with set two for my younger child since he’s been really interested in puzzles lately!

  85. Melisa Jaenisch says

    Set 1 for older children would fit our family! I am really curious about Barefoot books and what they are like so I hope i win!!

  86. Cindy says

    My daughter loves cooking and dance so I think she’d get a kick out of set 1. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  87. Spring says

    These are such lovely books! I would love to win set #2 for the younger kids. My little 18 month old loves to read and I can see her getting much enjoyment out of these! Thank you for the chance to win!

  88. Sarah says

    Oooh, these all look fantastic! I don’t know which one I would want either! I have three boys, 7, 4 and 20 months.

  89. Kelly S says

    We love cooking around our house and would love the older set that includes the recipe book. Fun!

  90. Julie says

    Love the look of the dance stories title, wonderful drawings! The older set would be good for us. Thanks!

  91. Heather says

    Was introduced to the Barefoot Co. by the dear friend who inspired me to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher. Her advice is ALWAYS good.

  92. says

    ooohhh! another great one! i’d love the puzzle set for my two year old. we have tons of puzzles for the big boys, but not so much for him! very fun…thanks!

  93. CarinaRdz says

    I love building out family’s supply of books! The puzzles looks really great too. We would choose the younger package.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  94. Nicole says

    we would love the set for younger kids. Thanks for all of these awesome giveaway opportunities!

  95. Kimberley M says

    Thanks for the offer. We would love the first set — dancing and cooking. Both big hits in our house these days!

  96. Erin says

    Thanks so much for introducing me to these books! The Bear on the Go set would be perfect for my daughters!

  97. Lori Z. says

    I have a kid in each age group–my daughter would love the first set and my son would love the second. If picked we’d be so thankful for either!!!

  98. Jennifer says

    Both sets look like fun, but my almost 3 year old is just getting excited about puzzles, so I’m betting set 2 would be well timed. We’re read Barefoot Books at the library and enjoyed their joyful whimsy.

  99. Sarah says

    We would love to win the younger kid’s set. My son is almost exactly Daphne’s age (he is 2 years, 4 months), so I’m sure the books would be just right for him.

  100. Stephanie says

    All of them look fun!! So hard to choose, but I think my son would get a kick out of the bear on the go!!

  101. Jane says

    My daughter is all about cooking and baking these days… She’d love to have the cookbook! Thank you for offering these wonderful books!

  102. Elizabeth says

    We adore the pictures in all the Barefoot Books we’ve seen, just so colorful! The younger set would be perfect for my daughter!

  103. Alexandra says

    I LOVE Barefoot Books. I first fell in love with them a few years ago when my daily routine took me by their store in Cambridge, MA. Now that I have a 10 month old the love affair is renewed and passed to a new generation. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  104. says

    We don’t have any barefoot books in our house (yet) but it looks like we’re going to need to get some! They look beautiful! My girls would love the Dance or Cooking Set – we’re flexible and appreciate and enjoy any of the sets. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway!
    : )

  105. says

    These sound like such fun books for kids! I have two grandsons ages 6 (nearly 7) and 2 1/2… I could see both sets, but if I could… I’d rather say the cooking book, Kids Kitchen and The Animal Boogie. That would cover each of the boys! :) (They are in the same house.)
    THANK YOU for this opportunity to win. And CONGRATULATIONS on your 4 year blogiversary! I have my 1 year coming up SOON and I really need to get busy on what I’m crafting for my giveaway!!!

  106. Vanessa says

    Set two looks amazing and right up my sons alley! Thank you for offering this great giveaway :)

  107. Christina says

    Books are the one thing I feel like you can never have enough of. In terms of which I’d prefer if I won, well any would do as I have 3 kids, almost 2, 5 and 6.5 so any would work in our home!

  108. Katie says

    These books look awesome! My son will now sit still for a couple minutes at a time during our reading time, it is such a joy to read to him. I would love to expand my library.

  109. Stephanie says

    Those all look fantastic!! I have 3 kids under 5 and I think either set would be great but I think my older ones would love the creativity and imagination required for set #1! thanks!

  110. says

    This is a delightful looking collection and such an inspiration! My fingers are crossed and I’ll be standing outside tonight wishing upon the stars that I may be the lucky winner tomorrow!! xo

  111. [email protected] says

    The dance book for my 3 yr old or the bear set for my little one who turned 5 months today.