Barefoot Books

on August 4 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 84 Comments

I remember the first time I found Mother Goose Remembers in the library when my little guy was just a few months old. It was my introduction to Clare Beaton and we read it over and over (me in awe of the tiny stitches and intricate details, he in awe of the whimsy and color and poetry). Our home library has since grown with well-loved (and now well-worn) Clare Beaton favorites, and that first book was also my introduction to the colorful, beautiful worlds in so many Barefoot Books publications. I know the Bear books by heart!

Barefoot Books was started by two mothers and has a beautiful selection of books just right for a wide range of ages. You have a chance to win one of three Clare Beaton Barefoot Books following our interview with Ms. Beaton, coming up next:

Baby’s First Book
Celebrate the treasured moments of your baby’s first years with this beautiful book that features first rhymes, everyday scenes and simple items. The colorful pages offer plenty to look at and talk about.
For Babies to 2 Years.

Mother Goose Remembers
Enjoy the rhythms and cozy warmth of the forty-six nursery rhymes in this nostalgic collection. This treasured gift book features a feather from the plumage of Mother Goose hidden on every page, waiting to be found by youngsters. Book with CD edition includes songs and rhymes performed by Caroline Butler, Charles Spicer, Nick Hooper and Dave Townsend.
For Babies to 5 Years.

Secret Seahorse (hardcover)
Descend into the depths of the vast blue sea to meet all kinds of aquatic creatures. This hide-and-seek, rhyming selection follows the search for a speedy seahorse through the astonishing coral reef. The paperback edition includes educational notes at the end with information about seahorses and coral reefs and the creatures that live there.
For Ages 1 to 7 Years.

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84 Responses to Barefoot Books

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love Bare Books! Thanks for the new ideas.

  2. Sara R. says:

    Just read the newest book…and adore it!

  3. Barb Aguiar says:

    I love these books! What a great baby gift idea!

  4. Carly says:

    I am a children’s librarian and am excited to see these books featured. I recognized Ms. Beaton’s name from a title I’ve used in storytime before – How Big Is a Pig? So awesome to see her and these great books featured!

  5. jennsquared says:

    Wow! These are so awesome! They are cute and adorable and educational!

  6. Shannon Roberts says:

    I love these, I can’t wait to find them in the store or library. Sooo… cute!

  7. rosa souza says:

    Wonderful books! My little curly girl loves them as much as I do. It’s not easy to find them in bookshops around New Zealand, but we are lucky that our lovely Librarian loves them too.

  8. Mama Rose says:

    We love barefoot books in our home! I actually ordered some for our church nursery, since I’m the office manager…the kids adore them :D We bought Mother Goose Remembers for the nursery. For home…I would love Baby’s First Book or Secret Sea Horse :D

  9. Tanya says:

    Oh what lovely books!

  10. Hootie says:

    No little ones in my household any more, but I do LOVE that Secret Seahorse book! :)

  11. Jenny says:

    These are so cute!

  12. Penny says:

    Gorgeous books

  13. ellen says:

    So beautiful. I will have to look into them for my new nephew!

  14. Christi says:

    I absolutely love these books. They make wonderful gifts!

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’ve never seen these before–I’m a children’s book-a-holic, so I’ll be checking my library asap!

  16. Lulu says:

    Oh thank you for introducing me to these books- I have not seen them before but they look simply adorable.

    I am in Japan and have our first baby due in December and I am already stocking up on English books since hub doesn`t speak much English and baby will be relying on me to become billingual! Books are always great!

  17. Jane Swanson says:

    Oh my~~! I collect Mother Goose books and I NEED this one for my collection. Such beautiful and creative work!

  18. Karen says:

    These books are so cute! We have a grandbaby due yesterday, so these would be awesome!

  19. Kate says:

    I love Barefoot Books! My son Xander, almost 7 months, loves books and we’ve enjoyed all the Barefoot Books we’ve gotten from the library. Several have made it on to our wish list at Amazon. They really are amazing illustrations and the stories have all been great too.

  20. Erica says:

    I love these types of illustrations made with hand-sewn techniques. I think they can be such an inspiration and eye-opener to children not usually exposed to handmade items.

  21. What wonderful books- I am a kindergarten teacher and am always looking for new books to interest my students. I also am a quilter so I am love looking at the covers of these books. Thanks for sharing- someone is going to be a lucky winner of these books,
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

  22. sarah says:

    I love the Mother Goose collection; how sweet it is!

  23. Neil says:

    I especially love secret seahorse. These books make me want to take out the felt and get crafty

  24. Dot says:

    What delightful illustrations. I love children’s books and have a fabric addiction so this combination is a joy to behold

  25. Nima says:

    wow…great idea

  26. Stacy says:

    Those look really neat! We are avid readers here and I can’t believe that I have never run across those before!

  27. Jessica W says:

    They look awesome!! I’m always looking for interesting new books to share with my children.

  28. Ramona says:

    I have never heard of these but man they look beautiful and I love good children’s books.

  29. Mare says:

    Just so lovely! My boys are too old for them, but my niece and nephews could just go crazy over such book!

  30. Heather says:

    I agree with Jennifer…..so glad to see more people are getting to see these books and love them! They are wonderful to read and look at. My son just loves them, as do I!

    So nice to offer a giveaway! Love these baby books!
    http://heatherhamilton.barefootbooks.com

  31. Kelly says:

    Beautiful books. They would be amazing to add to a children’s book collection or to give as gifts. I know my children would adore them!

  32. suesue says:

    I love the Mother Goose one!! Fabulous work and so much fun-thanks for sharing!

  33. These books would be a great addition to my grandson library.

  34. susan says:

    My kids and I love One Moose, and we also own Zoe and her Zebra and How Big is a Pig. The Barefoot books are hard to track down here in Sydney, but I always snap them up when I see them, as I love to have them on hand as gifts for babies. I love your work, Claire- my boy’s favourite image is the cat’s tail that dangles into the snakes and tricks you into counting it too! Susan

  35. Paula L. says:

    The illustrations are gorgeous! I know a baby who would love to have one of these books.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Sharon Griffith says:

    Oh these seem to be wonderful books. But Imust confess it has been awhile since I have bought childrens books and need all thehelp I can. I now have custody of my 7 year old grandson and there is so much I want to give him that are excellent things for him to learn by and this would be one of them. He already has lived through allot for his 7 years (some stuff allot of us never even have had to deal with) and now all I want to do is give him happy htings. thanks for the chance.
    Sharon

  37. Liz Fenwick says:

    Oh my, those are awesome!

    I want them all! My little boy would love them ( 18 months)
    He loves books (in fact everything in the house is either a book, clock, a NO, or a doggie)
    I think I would have to hide these though haha

  38. Karen says:

    I’ve often looked at books with embroidered pictures in awe and wondered about the clever people who do it – now all is revealed!

  39. YAY!!!! I’m SOOO glad to see these books getting more attention. I sell these books, and I am always amazed at how many people have never heard of them – they are THE MOST AWESOME books ever!!!!!!! I love love love them!!!!! They have books on different cultures, their illustrations include children of different ethnicities and abilites – I remember the first book I ever received even had a little girl in a wheelchair. I continue to be amazed and impressed with the quality of their products. THANK YOU for featuring them! And for anyone who doesn’t win – if you go to my blog, there’s a link there to the site to start your own Barefoot Books business for free, or to shop (and give me a little credit for it!) :).

  40. Gabriella says:

    Oooh! Must have!

  41. Beatrix says:

    These are simply beautiful. With twin toddlers and a 7 year old the Secret Seahorse would be the perfect book to have. Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. The illustrations in these books are some of my favorites.

  43. Amy says:

    These are all so beautiful! Thank you for introducing me to a talented new artist.

  44. Alissa says:

    This is above and beyond artistic! I’ve never seen them before! Awesome!

  45. Becca says:

    What gorgeous illustrations. Ms Beaton truly is amazingly talented. Thank you for the chance to win.

  46. DebbieKL says:

    The Secret Seahorse book looks cute – I’d never heard of these books before.

  47. Amy R says:

    Both from my perspective as a children’s librarian and hand stitcher, Clare is a bit of a hero to me. Thanks for making me feel like she’s a friend!

  48. Barbara says:

    Love the look of your books…. I have a co-worker who would love to get one of your books. She is due in March. This will be her first. I have always included a book with my gift. Books are a forever type of gift!!

  49. Martha says:

    I have a hard time with the “age range” for Clare’s books! I’m WAY past the upper age and I LOVE HER WORK! Bravo Clare!

  50. PenguitoSmile says:

    I love the Seahorse book, so bright and colorful! My daughter loves the undersea animals and especially anything that she can touch and feel the textures…

  51. Stephanie says:

    These are so cute! We have anew one arriving in our family very soon and my own little guy loves any book with undersea animals!

  52. Kelli says:

    Ooh, I have a friend who is a “new Mommy” and these would be the perfect thing to pack up with the baby quilt I’m finishing up for her. I am going to check them out for sure!

  53. Rose T. says:

    These are gorgeous! My little one is due in 2 months, and I can’t wait to start expanding my children’s book collection for her.

  54. Margaret says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m not familiar with these books at all, but I will have to check them out for the nursery library we’re assembling for our little one. How lovely!

  55. Krystina says:

    How is it that I had never heard of these before?! My two year old loves books, I will have to check them out!

  56. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    So cute. I could easily save a book for when I have grandchildren.

  57. maddy sherman says:

    Lovely books, i would love to read the Secret Seahorse to my two little girls.

  58. Sara Hemmeke says:

    How precious! These will make great baby gifts for showers and Christmas!

  59. Margie says:

    Adorable books!! I can see how wonderful they are.

  60. Nicole says:

    My toddler adores her illustrations and the text – even the littlest one knows how wonderful these books are! Thanks for the reminder!

  61. Robin in New Jersey says:

    These books are lovely! I have read a couple to my children over the years.

  62. Devon says:

    We just purchased the secret seahorse for my friends new baby. I love these books.

  63. ashley says:

    What amazing and unique books! I would never be able to steal my daughter away from the Secret Seahorse book!

  64. Kadybug says:

    She has such beautiful illustrations!

  65. Kathy R. says:

    Mother Goose Remembers looks perfect for my little 3 year old cousin Emma. It would make a great Christmas gift for her. Thanks for doing a month of hand sewing.

  66. Ellen Ban says:

    Now I know what to get my nephew for Christmas…Love the seahorse!

  67. Sarahe4e says:

    Just the books I need to locte for my new Greatgrandgirl due next month and Greatgrandboy who has a BD this month. Thank you for showing them.

  68. Francis C. Moore says:

    This would be a neat gift for a baby shower. Francis C. Moore

  69. MaryAnn says:

    Amazing little books- just right for my wee granddaughters.

  70. becky says:

    Beautiful books. I have just the baby to give one to!!

  71. Stacy says:

    What fun little books. I have a 1 year old that would just eat these up! She loves to pet all our soft books.

  72. Jody says:

    I have never seen these books before!!! How have I missed out on all of this loveliness. Gorgeous work!!!

  73. Marsel says:

    We are avid readers but I’ve never read any books by this author! Mother Goose Remembers sounds lovely…I hope to win it, but if not, I’ll add it to my library list :) — thanks for the suggestion!

  74. Tricia L. says:

    Cute books! I like the Mother Goose Remembers book.

  75. Charity says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this creative lady and her beautiful illustrations. Gives me great ideas for Christmas presents!

  76. Helena says:

    Haven’t seen these yet, I will have to see if the small library out here has them, we love to read. These look cute.

  77. juliana says:

    we just read secret seahorse, from the library, and loved it. Such beautiful detail. I love the individual images of the animals in the back. i have been wanting to make a wall hanging or quilt like this :)

  78. sarah says:

    This is so crazy! I just discovered “Mother Goose Remembers” about an hour ago at the library! I loved the art work so, picked it up to read at home too.

  79. craftytammie says:

    Aww, those look so sweet! I have three little ones (four and under) and I can’t believe I’ve never seen those before!

  80. Paula in NH says:

    These books look like fun! Just what I need for my grandson’s library.

  81. Kim Henslee says:

    Ahh! I love these, especially the ‘under the sea’ book! I’ve been looking at soft books for my little guy who will be arriving in a few weeks! Will definitely enjoy checking into these further!
    Very nice!

  82. Michelle says:

    I’ve never seen these before! How fabulous. You just want to pet the pages…

  83. Andi says:

    These are beautiful books and I love the illustrations. I think I know what my nephews might be getting for Christmas…. :)

  84. Water Works says:

    These are definitely on my wanty list for our newest baby, due in three months. I covet them!

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