Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Reading has always been a huge part of my life.  I can still remember the first book I was able to "read" by myself.  It was a hardcover Disney storybook, based on Cinderella.  I know now that I wasn't really reading, I just had the darn thing memorized.  But even 22 years later I remember the elation I felt when I could tell myself the story, I didn't have to wait on anyone else.  I had figured out what those characters on the page were saying!  I felt like a whole new universe was open to me-all sorts of information was at my fingertips.  It's not a stretch to say that reading consumed me.  I loved stories and and new information, and especially after a rough day at school I could escape for hours into a book.  To this day (much to the frustration of LT W) I have a hard time putting down a book I'm reading...I view it as an unfinished project.  Even so, we've made it a priority to pass along to our children the love of reading.

A year or so ago, my wonderful MIL, Nana, became an Independent Consultant for Barefoot Books.  To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first.  But, much to my surprise, Barefoot Books is a rare gem in the industry!  The books are fantastic, (every single story I read to my kids is an instant hit) and affordable, too!  One of my favorite things about Barefoot Books are the many, many titles in Spanish.  Being that we're trying to have a multilingual home, bilingual books are a must. 

So, now on to the whole celebration.  Today Tate and I were reading one of his favorite stories, One Moose, Twenty Mice.   After we had finished reading it for the bazillionth time, I asked Tate if he wanted to try and read it himself. 

He said yes. 

So he sat there and read this story to me.  Then he read it to Theo.  Then he read it again.  He was beaming, so proud of the fact that HE was able to tell the story himself!

I am so proud of him, I could just burst. 

More importantly, HE is so proud of HIMSELF, he could just burst. 

So in honor of my beloved son taking a giant leap toward literacy, I'd like to do a giveaway. 

I'm going to give away one of our FAVORITES from Barefoot Books...The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna Witte as well as a few other Barefoot goodies. 

If you want to get in on this giveaway, here's what you need to do...
  1. Go to (or just click here).  Look around and tell me  by posting in the comments on this post, what product you are most interested in.  This is worth one entry. 
  2. Post about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or twitter with a link to this post.  This is worth one entry each and you must comment here as well to let me know that you did this. 
**PLEASE include your email address or a way to contact you in your comment.  If you're worried about spammers, please email me at thestearns (@) hotmail dot com (without spaces) and let me know who you are**

This contest is closes on the 20th of September at midnight, PST.  


*PS If you're interesting in doing a fund raiser for your kid's school or daycare, please don't hesitate to contact Vicki HERE*


Kara said...

Give Tate a HUGE celebratory hug from his Auntie! I'm so proud of him!

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

Seriously!!! What's not to love! Oh my goodness - what a GREAT resource! The website is so great and everything is really easy to find. I basically just love the whole philosophy, knowing that I don't have to wonder what the premise of a book will will be great. :-) Thank you Jenni! So proud of Tate!

Suz D. said...

Where would I start?! We are a family of readers, so maybe one of each?! I'd start with The Princess book and the Arabian Nights book, and the Poems book and maybe the Blessings book... and I'd have to throw in that Llama finger puppet just for fun!!!

Debbie McMillin said...

Hi, Jenni! I did it! I posted on Facebook. (I don't have a blog!) Hey, all the titles look great. Joshy's been singing the itsy bitsy spider song lately, so he might like the action book. Blessings to you! Debbie M.