The Boy Who Grew Flowers

The Boy Who Grew Flowers

"The Boy Who Grew Flowers" (also available in French as "Des fleurs pour Angelina"), written by Jen Wojtowicz and illustrated by Steve Adams, just might be the most beautiful of all the Barefoot Books. And I mean that in terms of the illustrations, and also the story. Ms. Wojtowicz has said she drew the inspiration for the tale from her brother, who has autism.

The Girl with a Brave Heart

The Girl with a Brave Heart

I absolutely love The Girl with a Brave Heart for many reasons.  It is a traditional tale from Tehran, retold by Rita Jahanforuz and illustrated by Vali Mintzi. So right there, I am a fan, because I believe it is important to expose children to positive things from Iran (and other "enemy" nations) in order to help our kids understand that Iranians are indeed people, just like we are.

My Big Barefoot Book of English/French/Spanish Words

My Big Barefoot Book of English/French/Spanish Words

The "Words Books" are three largely identical books: My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words, My Big Barefoot Book of French and English Words, and My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish and English Words. Wonderful Words has the words in English only, and the other two have them in English and French or Spanish.

Barefoot Book of Children

Barefoot Book of Children

The Barefoot Book of Children is, quite simply, the most powerful children's book I have ever read. (And yes, that includes To Kill a Mockingbird and The Little Prince, my two previous favorites.) And all of my children (including Atticus, when he was alive) are just fascinated by it.