Barefoot Books Gives New Books to Disadvantaged Children to Celebrate Bear’s Birthday, Latest in Popular Children’s Series

By Barefoot Books, PRNE
Monday, June 27, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts and OXFORD, England, June 28, 2011 -

- Teams with Charities, Birthday
Wishes and Refuge, to Brighten Children’s Lives


To celebrate the publication of Bear’s Birthday, eighth
in the series of best-selling Bear books for children under five,
Barefoot Books today announced a special charity campaign to help
children in need. For every copy of Bear’s Birthday sold
between July 1 and July 31, 2011, Barefoot Books will donate a new
book to Birthday Wishes in the US and Refuge in the UK, two
charities chosen for their commitment to supporting children in
difficult situations.

“When we started the Bear series in 1998 with Bear in a
and Bear on a Bike, we heard from many families
about how Bear brings fun and learning to storytime,” said Nancy
, Co-founder and CEO, Barefoot Books. “Since then, over a
million families have enjoyed Bear. So, for us, a natural way to
celebrate Bear’s Birthday is to bring smiles to children in
need by donating new copies of some of our most fun-loving titles.
We are delighted to work with Birthday Wishes and Refuge, charities
working so hard to help children through tremendous hardships in
their young lives. We hope our books bring these children great
comfort, and a love of learning.”  

Giving back is a core value of Barefoot Books, and a critical
part of its mission to spark the imaginations of children who come
from all walks of life. Since the company started nearly twenty
years ago, it has donated many tens of thousands of new books to a
variety of charities, including First Book, BookAid, and Books for

“Children and their mothers who access Refuge’s services often
leave home with little or no notice. Many women and children arrive
at the refuge in the middle of the night with nothing but the
clothes they are wearing and if the child is lucky their favourite
toy,” explains Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge.
“Books are a huge treat for children, and especially the children
we work with who have been uprooted and who may be missing home
comforts. We are very grateful to Barefoot Books for selecting
Refuge as one of its charity partners and we are certain their
wonderful books will delight the thousands of children we care

“We are proud and grateful to have been selected by Barefoot
Books to receive their donation of beautiful books,” said Lisa
, Executive Director and Co-founder of Birthday Wishes.
“Our mission is to bring birthday parties to homeless children,
believing that all children, regardless of their living situation,
should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family,
friends and others who care. Including a wonderful book as one of
the gifts we provide is something every child can treasure.”

To purchase Bear’s Birthday and other Barefoot Books
order online at href="">,
visit a Barefoot Books Studio, or contact your local Barefoot Books

About Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books is an independent publisher, with offices in
Cambridge, USA and Oxford, UK, that specializes in carefully
crafted books, gifts and digital content that help children on
their journey to becoming happy, engaged members of the global
community. Since 1992, Barefoot Books has published more than 500
titles that use timeless stories and captivating illustrations to
tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that
childhood is a time for fun. Barefoot Books are available online,
through booksellers, its stores in Concord, Mass., and FAO Schwarz
in New York City, and its community of Ambassadors. Fun, free
content including a podcast, animated videos, and children’s games
and activities are available online. href="">

About Birthday Wishes

Our mission is simple: To bring birthday parties to homeless
children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday
in a child’s life and believes that the gift of a birthday
celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children’s
otherwise unsettled lives. Our grassroots philosophy fosters the
spirit of volunteerism and community service in the adults,
children and families who donate their time and resources to our
mission. href="">

About Refuge

Refuge has come a long way since it opened the world’s
first refuge in West London in 1971. What started off as a
single house has grown into the country’s largest single provider
of specialist emergency accommodation and support to women and
children escaping domestic violence. On any one day we support over
1,600 women and children through our refuges and community
outreach schemes.   href="">


Leah Lesser, +1-617-995-4630, leah.lesser at

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