I want to raise socially conscious kids: kids who have compassion, who are peace-builders, who advocate for justice especially for those on the margins. In some ways, these are simple aspirations. We often reduce them to inspirational hashtags: Be Kind. Love Wins. The reality is that social topics are also complex. I spent my graduate … More Talking to our Kids about Poverty: An Assets-Based Approach
Read your way around the world this summer with our FREE World Passport, which you can download here: bit.ly/worldpassport. I loved this kind of thing when I was a kid (basically, reading books and making tiny books), and so my 3 1/2 year old and I jumped right in and filled ours out. We don’t … More World Passport!
I’ll go ahead and admit that this post will purposefully allow several of my worlds to collide. I’m a Barefoot Books Ambassador as a side gig, but my background and current work is in international agricultural development. So when Barefoot announced that we are partnering with Trees.org this month to plant trees as part of … More Tree Planting around the World!
Having kids has made me realize all the more that selfishness is human nature. I don’t know about yours, but mine aren’t exactly spending their 2’s and 3’s graciously giving up their toys and snacks. (And let’s by honest, I have not very graciously given up things like sleeping past 6am or drinking my entire … More Cultivating Generosity
My girls have been begging me to make Nigerian boli. Which might seem like a strange request from two little American girls, had we not been reading Catch that Goat: A Market Day in Nigeria on repeat over the last six months. In this colorful and hilarious story, Adika is told by her mama to … More Nigerian Boli and Appreciative Inquiry: Teaching our Kids to Appreciate Cultures
Every kid has one. Whether it’s a dude in a cape or a dad. Children’s books have always been filled with heroes: those people we admire and emulate. But what happens when our heroes don’t look like us? I touched on the topic of diversity in this previous post, where I noted the lack of … More Heroes
Today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year! And, just as in the year I was born (let’s pretend it was 1992), this is again the year of the MONKEY. We’re celebrating with a few fun activities in our home, and a reading of The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac, a … More Chinese New Year for Kids
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with pink glitter and cuddly bunnies and conversation hearts. Not at all. But as Valentine’s Day approaches this year, on this day and every day I want my girls to know that love reaches beyond the bounds of sugary language and fluffy animals. I want them to be assured … More Love That Gives: Stories for Valentine’s Day
If you already are the type to read to your child, then it is perhaps no surprise that words and vocabulary are a BIG deal as a child develops. Talk With Me Baby, an amazing NGO working here in Atlanta, puts it this way: “Just as food nourishes a growing child’s body, language interactions nourish … More Rare Words & T. Rex
It is indeed an official national holiday today! You can join the discussion about the importance of diversity in children’s books by using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld all day long on social media. Today I’ll be suggesting some links to helpful resources as well as a selection of books from various regions as you read around … More Multicultural Children’s Book Day!