If you’re looking for an easy way to separate the, er, crap from the quality, head directly to publisher Barefoot Books’ website. Founders Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland have focused their award-winning catalog around the concepts of art and story all to foster creativity and imagination.
Barefoot’s standards are evident right away with the thick paper, exquisite colors, and beautiful illustrations that characterize all their titles. But of course the stories themselves are the most important draw and these do not disappoint. From their horizon-broadening one world, one spirit collection or any of their tell me a story narratives, you will find bedtime reading at its finest. Even a great selection of board books beyond the same old-same old you received at your shower, plus toys and gifts.Be warned, this website is a far cry from the TV character-polluted shelves of the local bookstore chain. Book snobs: Can I get an amen? –Nancy