Story time is the best time of the day. Whether we're snuggled up on the couch or cozy in our pjs before bed, reading stories with my little ones is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has a favorite book they remember from their childhood, and every day, parents and kids are discovering new classics of their own. There are many fabulous children's books out there, some of which everyone knows about and others we would have never discovered had my son not simply pulled a random book off a library shelf. I created this blog to share some of these wonderful stories with you. Think of it as a year's worth of the best children's books around, since no day should be without a great story. In the end, I hope we'll all have discovered at least a few new titles that will have made their way onto our list of family favorites. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Win a free library of books!

I'm not usually one to post things like this, but when an opportunity to win over $1000 of gorgeous books comes along, I can't help but share it with you!  Barefoot Books is sponsoring a Storytime Sweepstakes now through December 31st.  Each week, one winner will be selected from North America and Europe to win a $500 library of some of Barefoot's most beloved titles, while  another $500 library will be donated to the school or charity of the winner's choice.  Six weeks of the contest means there will be 12 winners in all.  How amazing is that?!  Now, I'm not usually the winning type when it comes to contests like this, but a girl can dream, can't she?  I can't even begin to describe how excited I would be to win this.  And to be able to donate a beautiful collection of books to my wonderful (and severely fund deprived) local library?  That would be fabulous.

If you're interested in learning more, here's how it works:

To enter, simply click on the picture above or the link provided here.  You will need to 'like' Barefoot Books on facebook and provide your email address.  I know, I know.  I tend to be skeptical of contests that ask for my email address, too, but seeing as I already like Barefoot Books on facebook and they have my email, I certainly have nothing to lose.  Besides, they give you the handy option to uncheck the box that says something to the effect of, "Please send me emails and updates about sales and special offers."   (I always uncheck that box.)  You can also earn additional entries by sharing the contest with friends.  The more you share, the more chances you have to win!

And the best part of all?  When you enter the sweepstakes, you get a unique, one-time coupon code for 30% off your next Barefoot Books order.  What's not to love about that?!

I can't wait to hear about the lucky winners of this incredible contest and hope that you and I are among them!  Good luck to all of you who enter!!

Full disclosure:  I am a Barefoot Books Ambassador, which means that I love these books so much that I decided to sign up to sell them to my friends, family, and neighbors.  Some people make a living selling Barefoot Books and have wonderful small businesses as a result, but that was never my intention when I signed on with Barefoot.  I simply thought it would be a fun little side project to do while I am a stay at home mom that would introduce my kids and me to some fabulous stories.  I loved the idea of sharing these books with other people who love reading with their children, and hoped to be able to connect and fundraise with some of my favorite community groups and organizations.  So far, I have organized fundraisers for my son's preschool and our town's local community farm, and donated a bunch of board books to one of my favorite literacy charities, Reach Out and Read.  I've also been able to help some friends and local families earn free books for their children by hosting book parties at their homes.  Overall, it's been wonderful.  Maybe someday, I'll actually make a tiny little profit off of my Barefoot endeavor, but for now, I'm happy getting a free book to read with my kids every now and then and helping others discover the beautiful world of Barefoot Books.  If you ever want to learn more about them, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at and I'd be happy to get back to you.


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