School’s Out, Now What? Summer Reading Essentials from Barefoot Upstate!


I love shopping with Amy Mangiaracina from Barefoot Upstate.  She sells the beautifully illustrated Barefoot Books and has recently added Mudpuppy educational toys and Folkmanis puppets to her offerings.  Just last week I picked up several items for birthday party gifts.  Here are some of her top picks for summer! 

Kids love having their summers off, and we love having them home with us – most of the time.  So what are your kids doing this summer? Camp?  Sports?  Classes?  Hanging out with friends? These are all great things for kids to do this summer, but let’s face it, they won’t fill their time with these activities. So what else will they be doing?

What will your answer be to the inevitable question: “Mom, I’m bored! What can I do??”

How about read a great book, do a puzzle, play a game, or do some crafting? Sound expensive? Host a Barefoot Books party, earn a percentage of all party sales, and stock up on Barefoot Books, Mudpuppy educational toys, and Folkmanis puppets for free! Parties are low-key and fun, and can include kids (think: playdate), or not (think: moms’ night out). Contact me at with questions or to schedule your party.

Looking for some ideas? These are some of my favorite picks for summer reading and fun!

Barefoot Books Top Picks for Summer

Barefoot Books Home Party

Order at, or through Amy directly for free delivery/shipping.  She can be reached at  Host a Barefoot Books home party, and get your books for free!

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