Barefoot Librarian Reviews

MEET THE AUTHOR! A Conversation with William Palumbo, Author of “What’s in a Cloud?”
MEET THE AUTHOR! A Conversation with William Palumbo, Author of “What’s in a Cloud?” 768 1024 Reader Views Kids
Children’s author William Palumbo knew he loved writing after winning a school poetry contest in the fifth grade. That early seed for storytelling was planted and resulted in his newest children’s picture book release, “What’s in a Cloud?” a beautiful rhyming read-aloud about a young girl’s playful imagination.    read more
“Maestro Orpheus and the World Clock” by Joanne Grodzinski and Robert Pennee
“Maestro Orpheus and the World Clock” by Joanne Grodzinski and Robert Pennee 745 1024 Reader Views Kids
Maestro Orpheus and The World Clock is a unique, creative, and lyrical children’s audiobook! It is a mystery and a fantasy story masterfully woven with classical music. So much attention was paid to every detail of this production, from the story, the narrators, the musical selections, and the orchestra, all keeping the audience engaged and enthralled. In addition, there is an extensive instructional guide to help educators and parents understand and teach the many educational layers and curriculum connections this audiobook has to offer. read more
Meet the Author! Getting to Know Jennifer Welborn – Author of “Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals”
Meet the Author! Getting to Know Jennifer Welborn – Author of “Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals” 175 187 Reader Views Kids
Jennifer Welborn, a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), has a B.S. degree in wildlife management (she has worked with moose, coyotes, bobcats, and bald eagles) and an M.Ed. in science education. As an award-winning science educator, she has taught people of all ages and has written numerous articles, plays, labs, and activities that have been published in scientific journals and textbooks. Two of her professional goals are to educate young people about how to care for the Earth and its inhabitants and to increase representation through education. Jennifer lives with her family in Western Massachusetts where she enjoys going on hikes with her veterinarian husband and their Italian water dog, Bari. Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals is her debut children’s book. read more
Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals by Jennifer Welborn
Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals by Jennifer Welborn 175 135 Reader Views Kids
Picture books are great vehicles to introduce children to a variety of topics.  However, since picture books are so short, it is quite challenging to effectively relay multiple messages in one story. Nevertheless, Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals successfully relays several messages to its young audience – including empowering girls, building self-esteem and confidence, problem-solving, treating animals with empathy and respect, embracing curiosity, and using your imagination. read more
“Women in Botany” by Mary Wissinger
“Women in Botany” by Mary Wissinger 175 175 Reader Views Kids
There is a dearth of children’s books focused on women in science, so this book is much needed and appreciated. However, it goes beyond just filling in a gap. So much consideration and thoughtfulness have gone into this STEM book! It is a well-thought-out, well-written, well-constructed book that is engaging and informative. read more
“Molly Morningstar: A Doll for Me” by Andrea Coke
“Molly Morningstar: A Doll for Me” by Andrea Coke 175 184 Reader Views Kids
“Molly Morningstar: A Doll for Me” is not only a relevant and important diverse picture book but also a relatable and entertaining story. It allows children of color to see themselves in the main character, who addresses her situation head-on, takes charge, and comes to a resolution on her own. The author brings her real-life experience as a mother, a person of color, and an educator to this debut picture book. read more