Tuesday, February 2

Going Barefoot.....

I'm so so so excited.

I've officially been a Work-at-Home Mom for about 3 hours, and already I know why people who sell a good product are passionate about it!

Last week as I was feverishly googling children's book publishers, I came across Barefoot Books, an independent publisher based in the UK and Cambridge, Mass. They have one flagship store in Cambridge and one boutique store on the second floor of swoon-at-the-mere-mention-of-it F.A.O. Schwarz in New York City.


(Here is where I mention for the umpteenth time that I've never been to NYC and have long dreamed of going to NYC and am kind of obsessed with NYC and won't somebody please take me to NYC)

Anyway.

So, I found and subsequently fell in love with Barefoot Books. I call myself a writer, but couldn't come up with any better summary than what they've already got:

Explore. Imagine. Create. Connect. Give Back. That’s what Barefoot Books is all about. It’s exploring other cultures, our planet, ourselves. It’s making time for make-believe and letting imaginations run wild and free. Most of all, it’s about using the power of stories to nourish the creative spark in everyone and strengthen connections with family, the global community, and the earth.

This company was started by two mothers who wanted to expand their children's worldview through books.

(And here is where I stop to mention that I was raised by a hippy. A Christian hippy. A Jesus-loving, God-fearing, Love-One-Another, Help-Those-in-Need, Good-Steward-to-this-One-Planet-We've-Been-Given hippy. And it turns out this particular apple didn't fall far from the pesticide-free tree.)

Anyway.

So I explored the Barefoot Books site some more (and did proper Google searches to see what kind of innnernet dirt I could find), and fell a little bit in love with the books, games, puzzles, CDs, puppets and pretty much everything else they offer.

Being that they're pretty heavy on the hippy, I discovered they've partnered with Eco-Libris, a company who promotes "sustainable reading." They also offer a selection of books with a portion of the profits going to Books for Africa: "a simple name for an organization with a simple mission. We collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to children in Africa. Our goal: to end the book famine in Africa."

I immediately wanted to buy almost every book I saw.
Like this one.

And this one.

And this one.

And this one, too.

They also have puppets and blocks and puzzles and flash cards and.... and... and!


After lots of oohing and ahhing, I realized that there was an opportunity at hand. I could sell these books! I have friends who sell Premier jewelry, Scentsy candles, Mary Kay Cosmetics.... but I don't know anyone who sells kid books! I. Was. Hooked.


But Jeremy wasn't. And still isn't. He is more logical, more rational, more level-headed than his dear darling wife. But I'm working on him.

We make a good team because I am the impulsive dreamer and he is the practical planner. He asked questions I wouldn't have thought of, and we're working out a business plan. Sort of.

(And, truthfully, there were some books that I wasn't all that impressed with. I won't be buying the book about goddesses, or the one focusing on magical faeries. I won't be buying the one about the Indian festivities. It is not that I want to shelter my kids from other cultures and religions-- in fact, exploration is something I will encourage as they get older-- but I want my children to remain rooted in biblical Truth and doctrine.)



But for now I am so excited about this new opportunity. I have set up an "online marketplace" that you can browse through and buy directly from. Or, you can wait until I really get my (free-range)ducks in a row, and host a viewing party, or come to one shindig that I throw!


**oh! and be sure to click on the banner at the top and the button at the right side of my blog to take you straight to my little book stall!



I'm so excited! Check it all out!!



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3 comments:

  1. That is so wonderful you are. I feel the same way about my candles business as well. I am glad to see a childrens book business as we tend to forget how important reading and understanding really is for our children. It is great to take them away from the internet or video games. Nice story here!

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  2. Yay!I'm excited for you. If you were closer, I would have you throw a book party for me.

    Obviously, I haven't read any of the books, but after scanning your store, I'm really impressed that they seem to have a nice balance of ideologies. As much as I like Western-European, Christian-centric books, sometimes companies who do lots of these kind of books seem to have trouble representing other cultures fairly/responsibly. This company seems to do both.

    And now I need to go get busy setting up my Etsy store, so I can afford to support your book business :)

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  3. That is so wonderful you are. I feel the same way about my candles business as well. I am glad to see a childrens book business as we tend to forget how important reading and understanding really is for our children. It is great to take them away from the internet or video games. Nice story here!

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