Barefoot Bea: a Picture Book for Everyone Who Dislikes Wearing Shoes

… and for every parent who has ever tried to make a child wear shoes against their will!

My very first picture book, Barefoot Bea, is now out in the big wide world. It’s written by Heather Neilly and published by Yellow Brick Books, and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out.

Barefoot Bea; written by Heather Neilly and illustrated by Ruth de Vos

Barefoot Bea; written by Heather Neilly and illustrated by Ruth de Vos

Barefoot Bea hates wearing shoes. She sniffs her nose at a sandal, looks aghast at a gumboot and won’t suffer a sneaker. But when Bea’s parents decide to take radical action, their dynamic daughter comes up with an ingenious solution!
— Yellow Brick Books
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We were thrilled to receive a great review from Karen at Kids Book Review. You can read the full review here.

Author Heather Neilly and Illustrator Ruth de Vos have created a book that makes you appreciate Bea’s independence and celebrate her uniqueness. The story is great to read aloud to an audience and children can relate to not wanting to wear shoes.

The vibrant illustrations add to the delivery of the story and create the character Bea, who enjoys life and her freedom and who doesn’t need to be like everyone else to be happy.
— Kids Book Review
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