As I have mentioned before, I love to read. Since reading has always been such an important part of my life, it is a passion I want to share with my children. We read to our kids every night as part of their bedtime routine. Even though there are some nights I wish that our routine was shorter and we just tucked them in bed with a kiss, I do cherish this alone time with them. Besides, before bed is really the only time they will sit still long enough to read books.
Over the last four years, we have accumulated a pretty decent size library of books. We also frequent the local library to check books out. My son is at the age where he wants to read the same books over and over again. Well, actually he just wants to look at pictures of "big trucks". My daughter, on the other hand, enjoys a different book every night. She asks questions about everything and really absorbs the story.
I find myself constantly looking for appropriate books that teach her a lesson or that just have a good story to tell. Our latest favorite is Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon from Barefoot Books. Since I am a vegetarian, my daughter finds the story very interesting. The first time I read it to her she was immediately captivated by the artwork and the unique plot. I have to admit I thought the book would be a little over her head, but I was wrong. She loves it. Any book that teaches a lesson and applies to our every day life is a winner to me.
Barefoot Books publishes children's books and CDs that are educational and beautifully illustrated. They pride themselves in providing books that speak to all walks of life. The themes of the books are meant to open their minds and also promote discussion of these important topics. In addition, they have taken great strides to "Go Green". Click here to read the press release.
All of this being said, I am proud to announce that I have a very exciting giveaway. I have a copy of Whole World, which was featured on Oprah's O List back in February 2008, to give to one of you. Here's what you need to do to qualify for the giveaway. Enter a comment telling me your all time favorite children's book. If you also include a book that you have read or would like to read from Barefoot Books, you will get an extra entry. Be sure to include your e-mail address (in the following format to avoid spam newgreenmama at gmail dot com)so that I can notify you if you are a winner. It never hurts to link back to me and spread the love. The contest will end June 10th. I will randomly choose a winner.
Barefoot Books is currently having a huge summer sale. Check it out.