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Laurie Mattaliano
North America
Life and literacy one step at a time: tales from your Barefoot Books Ambassador team
Interests: literacy, kit lit, books, children's books, reluctant readers, book reviews, early readers, multicultural, #weneeddiversebooks, bookfairs, fundraisers, wahm, wah, Barefoot Books
Recent Activity
I simply LOVED this story by Emily at Literacy Nest - about all the reasons she chose Barefoot Books. As a mom, a special educator and literacy specialist her insight is powerful indeed. Barefoot is too undiscovered by too many! I am so glad Emily found us and beyond thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at *Footnotes Blog
Our partners at Barefoot Books compiled this list of the "Top 5 Reasons to Become a Barefoot Books Ambassador" .... and we couldn't agree more. Though we Ambassadors decided to give it our own spin... What will your Top 5 Reasons be? Guess you won't know til you join...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at *Footnotes Blog
Barefoot Books only registration sale of 2015 is going on NOW! Click through to see all the details on this exciting opportunity! It's a great incentive to choose this wonderful, mission based opportunity & get your new year off to a great and inspired start! Use code: NEWYOU to claim... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at *Footnotes Blog
Want to know how to be a hero this holiday season? Arrive at your festive gatherings with books, activities and crafts! Contact a Barefoot Books Ambassador to begin. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Thrilled to share a beautiful review of one of Barefoot Books newest titles: "Chandra's Magic Light". The review and accompanying giveaway are offered by mom blogger and creater of "Raising Humans" AKA Tricia: "I come downstairs in the morning, my little boy on my hip. He still wakes so very... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 9, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Join us for an open conference call this Wednesday! Meet Barefoot Books President, Jessica Kim (she's certain to knock your socks off!) and learn all about the Barefoot Books Ambassador program as well as the opportunity to join now as a "Founding Member". Our mission is to: "Share Stories, Connect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
I have been in the business of children's books for nearly ten years. Ten years of selling, celebrating and sharing that which is most near and dear to me: children's literature. For the most part it is a fairy tale life, though fairy tales, by definition, most always contain a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
I've been thinking a lot about some of my favorite books from when I was child. I often wonder what my kids will remember as their favorites, which of our books have made an impression on them and why. I have such vivid memories of certain books. Some of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Book aside, what you need for your next book club gathering Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Research based benefits of wordless books for preschool, elementary and learning challenges Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
We Barefoot Books Ambassadors have just returned from our national conference: "Own Your Story" - as conferences go (when you are part of a fabulous company) it was amazing - inspirational - motivating and rib cage aching fun. Friday night we were invited to a test a new Barefoot Books... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Diane Shampine, Barefoot Books Ambassador, What's your favorite Barefoot Book? ### After receiving a free book from Barefoot Books, I instantly became hooked. I get drawn in to each and every Barefoot story I read. They are unlike any other children’s books I have ever read or seen before. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Shared by Barefoot Books Ambassador Team Member: Connie Woodbury I saw a post on our Barefoot Books Ambassador Facebook Page, encouraging us to participate in International Book Giving Day. I clicked on it to see what it was all about as it looked like a great idea! I have say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Meghan Wilson, Barefoot Books Ambassador : What's your favorite Barefoot Book? When my first born was just a babe, my husband and I packed ourselves up and drove to New York City for our first family vacation. With little one strapped to Daddy's chest, we traipsed over the city, hitting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
Pamela DeCicco, Barefoot Books Ambassador : What's your favorite Barefoot Book? To quote my nine year old daughter. "I love this story it is a fairy tale that is a mystery, because you don't know what is happening. And I love the pictures, they are so pretty the way they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
We book people, know there are many passionate opinions about what are the best books for kids. Many such opinions make their way onto "Best of" lists and info graphics and blog posts all claiming their best-est-ness. We Barefoot Books Ambassadors notice that often the books listed, highlighted and praised,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at *Footnotes Blog
The following story is reblogged from the blog: Spanish Playground, Resources for Teaching Spanish to Children, 9/19/2013 *** Hi! Hola! My name is Jen, and I am a wife and mother of two, Michael (4) and MarySol (3). I used to be a high school Spanish teacher, but now my... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 24, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
Much of the work done by Barefoot Books Ambassadors is in the realm of community fund-raising. This week we are highlighting a relationship with MA Barefoot Books Ambassador Sheila MaGovern and Bright Horizons. Shelia is hosting a book fair at Bright Horizons University Park, in Cambridge Ma. Book Fair &... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
I can't think of one single Barefoot Books Ambassador who doesn't love "The Prince's Bedtime" (a Barefoot Books best seller). He's the little chap jumping for joy over the birth of the #royalbaby. It's an exciting time indeed in the land of fairy tales! Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
Is there anyone who doesn't like shopping in a book store, just being in a book store? Modern commerce, retail corporate giants and commercialism have all but killed the nostalgic independent book stores of yore. It's a sad reality. I'll be the first to admit I do shop at Amazon... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
Allison Fullenkamp is a Barefoot Books Ambassador who practices Natural Parenting. She owns a store in Troy, Ohio called Samozrejme a “mama-owned” store that focuses on cloth diapers and diapering accessories, as well as eco-friendly, natural family living and parenting items such as reusable lunch/snack items, mama cloth, vibrational jewelry,... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 8, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
What's different about a Barefoot Books School Book Fair? Simply, put: A lot. A Barefoot Books School Book Fair, for starters, is all about books! Not just any books mind you, but great quality, beautiful, library-worthy books. Kids, teachers and librarians alike love our Book Fairs and your community will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
I would like to share a story in regard to a National Jr. Honor Society community service project recently organized by my son. Books For Africa Bracelets Neal is 13 and an avid reader. This past Christmas he used his own money to donate a book to Africa through my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog
Do you love children's books - you should join us! Joining the Barefoot Books Ambassador Program was never so sweet (or easy). Starting today the Barefoot Ambassador Program starter kit is only $89.99! Your kit includes everything you need to get off an running Barefoot (including retail value of $300... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at *Footnotes Blog