Barefoot Books

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Barefoot Books
Barefoot Books Logo.jpg
Current Barefoot Books logo.
Status Active
Founded 1992
Founder Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland[1]
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Headquarters location  United States
Distribution Worldwide
Fiction genres Children's literature
Official website

Barefoot Books is an independent children's book publisher based in Summertown, Oxford UK and Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.[2][3]

Barefoot Books Studio in Concord, Massachusetts

The company began as a home business in 1992 and was founded by Nancy Traversy[3] and Tessa Strickland.[1] It is now an international business, with offices in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Barefoot Books are sold via several outlets, including through the company's "Barefoot Books Ambassador" program. Ambassadors are individuals who sell Barefoot Books products through home parties, community, and school events. Barefoot Books is a registered member of the Direct Selling Association.[4] On June 11, 2015, the company abruptly announced it was closing its UK and Europe Ambassador Programmes.[5]

The company also has 1 retail location: The Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford, England,[6] which will close later in 2015

A number of books published by the company come with "watch and sing along" CDs. Notable voice performers who have recorded sing-alongs for Barefoot Books are Fred Penner and SteveSongs. Besides books, the company also sells story & music CDs, puzzles, puppets and other educational toys.


  • Golden Globe 2009
  • The Adventures of Odysseus
    • NAPPA Gold Award, 2006
  • The Animal Boogie
    • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2001
    • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2003
    • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, 2001
    • Arthur of Albion
    • Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Awards, 2008
    • Gold Winner, NAPPA, 2008
  • The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
    • NAPPA Gold Award, 2006
    • Silver Medal Winner, Moonbeam Awards, 2008
  • The Barefoot Book of Dance
  • The Barefoot Book of Faeries
    • Amazing Toy Award,, 2002 – 2003
    • BookSense 76 Children’s Pick, Winter 2002
  • The Barefoot Book of Fairy Tales
    • Book of the Year Award Silver Medal Winner ForeWord Magazine, 2005
  • The Barefoot Book of Knights
    • Book of the Year Award Bronze Medal Winner ForeWord Magazine, 2003
  • The Barefoot Book of Pirates
    • Book of the Year Award Bronze Medal Winner ForeWord Magazine, 1999
  • The Barefoot Book of Princesses
  • Up, Up, Up
    • Notable Books for Children, Smithsonian Magazine, 1999
  • Bear at Home
    • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2001
  • The Boy Who Grew Flowers
    • Book of the Year Award finalist, ForeWord Magazine, 2005
  • Elephant Dance
    • NAPRA Nautilus Award Finalist, 2005
    • Elusive Moose
    • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2007
  • The Faerie’s Gift
    • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2003
    • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2004
    • Storytelling World Award, 2004


  1. ^ a b Buchanan, Leigh (2006-11-01). "How I Did It: Nancy Traversy, Founder and CEO, Barefoot Books". Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ Toy Directory Monthly
  3. ^ a b "Barefoot Books opens new flagship store in Concord". (NY Times Co.). 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ Direct Selling Association
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Just Children's Books

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