In 1992, two young mothers in England got together and founded Barefoot Books. Their goal was to "Share Stories, Connect Families, and Inspire Children" by publishing children's books that encourage compassion, discovery, and global awareness. And now, 25 years later, Barefoot Books has put over 20 million books into the hands of children, shaping an entire generation.

When children can identify with a character or setting in a book -- when children see themselves or their families reflected in books and media -- this helps them to feel "seen" and contributes to the development of a positive sense of self.

When children can identify with a character or setting in a book -- when children see themselves or their families reflected in books and media -- this helps them to feel "seen" and contributes to the development of a positive sense of self.

Our award-winning books are diverse, inclusive, and promote social-emotional intelligence. By showing children illustrations of themselves, their families, and their life situations, the children feel validated. And by showing other children, other families, and other situations, children learn that "every child has a story" and develop empathy. Our books our beautifully illustrated and not at all preachy, and children will read them (or request them to be read aloud) over and over. And our cooperative games come with free lifetime replacements for lost pieces!

A mosiac background of covers from Barefoot Books and summary of our mission.

A mosiac background of covers from Barefoot Books and summary of our mission.

Barefoot Books is extremely devoted to sustainability. We use vegetable-based ink and paper that is responsibly sourced (and frequently made from recycled materials), and we've planted trees across the globe. We, and all of our business partners, are committed to the ICTI CARE Standard, which embraces global, ethical standards of fair labor practices and employee health and safety.

I have observed that, when people are kind and accepting towards each other, it alleviates a lot of needless suffering. --Jen Wojtowicz, author of The Boy Who Grew Flowers (one of the most beautiful Barefoot Books).

I have observed that, when people are kind and accepting towards each other, it alleviates a lot of needless suffering. --Jen Wojtowicz, author of The Boy Who Grew Flowers (one of the most beautiful Barefoot Books).