Barefoot Books – imaginative reading for children

One of my favourite moments of the day is story time, it’s the end of the day, I’ve often got a headache and am exhausted but NOTHING will stop me from reading our daily stories together.

As you can imagine we’ve got quite a collection of books now but as the girls are getting a little bit older they are crying out for new titles so when Barefoot Books got in touch asking me if I’d like to review some of their books I jumped at the chance.

In fact our books arrived just in time for our Siblu holiday so I popped them in the suitcase for another ‘new’ activity to share together.

The titles we were sent were My Mama, The Real Princess and The Prince’s Bedtime and out of all three I cannot pick a favourite as they are all utterly gorgeous.

My Mama Earth

My Mama

This hardback book is beautifully illustrated, there aren’t many words, just clear, short phrases that allow the mind to wander the page and soak in the beauty of the colours and imagine which is such an important part of childhood. Each page has the figure of ‘mama’ hidden somewhere, a little boy and a cat, the rest of the page reflects the phrase.

I found this book particularly calming and reassuring and have enjoyed reading it to the girls immensely. We study each page searching for mama, the boy and the cat before turning over and then we have a good look at everything else on the page.

My vote 10/10

Real princess


The Real Princess

Adorable story of a prince and his two brothers searching for their princess. Two brothers are happy with the first Princess they find but the oldest prince can’t find his Real Princess at all so his mother steps in to help with a lot of mattresses and a few of her golden peas. He manages to find a Real Princess and everyone lives happily ever after.

Fun. Again beautifully illustrated, lots of numbers and items to count in this book, 9 mattresses, 5 peas, 3 maids and so on and a princess story that has captured my girl’s hearts. This book also comes with a CD so they could listen to it on their own if they wanted to

My vote 10/10

Princes Bedtime


The Prince’s Bedtime

If you have trouble settling your little one of a night this is the book for you! Here we have a Prince who won’t/can’t fall asleep so his dad, the King calls upon his kingdom for help and droves of people turn up to help the prince sleep but all sadly fail. Until a little old lady appears with a very clever idea that works.

A fun book with a brilliant story that delight’s children’s hearts. They adore all the fun and commotion in the palace but appreciate the calm at the end of the book when the prince eventually falls asleep.

Again fabulous illustration and a CD to listen to too.

My vote 10/10

Barefoot Books

The illustration used in these books is as important as the story itself and in each of the three books I have reviewed the pictures and colours are stunning. I shall certainly be buying more, in fact Barefoot Books have set up a special reader discount for Mari’s World readers,

We have set up a special reader discount for you, offering 20% off all our books! They simply have to follow this link to our site, navigate to the shop and purchase the books. The URL automatically detects the code and gives the discount. The promotion will run until June 30.

If you are interested then please do take advantage and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Barefoot books also have an ambassador scheme which gives parents a way to earn income or fundraise for their child’s school by selling children’s books. Check out this link for details on how to make 30% on every book sold:

For some free digital content for family fun including storytime podcasts and animated videos featuring some of the best of Barefoot Books. You can check them out at:

·         Barefoot Books Podcast:  (also on iTunes)

·         Fun digital videos: (under Crafts and Activities, left-hand side, also on YouTube)

·         Barefoot Books Blog:


  1. The Recipe Shed
    June 28, 2012 / 2:28 PM

    Hi Marianne, interesting post. Mr Dad Uber Blogger Ben Wakeling let me keep his prize Barefoot Atlas as a reward for my humiliation in accepting his award at the BiBs. My stepdaughter is engrossed. 

    • Mari
      July 1, 2012 / 12:04 PM

      I LOVE that atlas and have put it aside for a year or two until the girls can fully appreciate it, but it’s laid out so well and the pictures, lift up flaps make it all the more interesting. Great buy.

  2. June 28, 2012 / 10:14 PM

    I am a Barefoot Books addict. I’ve tried to seek help, but to no avail. Thanks for the reccies :)

    • Mari
      July 1, 2012 / 12:05 PM

      I’m struggling to decide which ones to order next as the choice is so good and I just know they’re all going to be gorgeous, makes reading all the more exciting doesn’t it?

  3. July 1, 2012 / 11:49 AM

    I got a bag of Barefoot books as part of my BIB award and have to say I really like them, a great mix of different books away from the mainstream childrens books that are starting to get a bit commercial. Matilda certainly seems to enjoy them

    • Mari
      July 1, 2012 / 12:06 PM

      Lucky you! The ones we’ve read all became instant hits and will be enjoyed for a long time to come as I rotate what we read ;)

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