Best of Boston

2004 Best Children's Bookstore

Barefoot Books

Imagine, if you will, a philosophy built of peace, love, and understanding—but instead of obsolete, ever-groovy libertarianism, it has underpinnings of discipline, education, and enviable creativity. That’s the story behind the stories on the shelves of Barefoot Books, the internationally recognized publishing company and retailer, where you’ll find We All Went on Safari and Thesaurus Rex. Good luck finding any book here that isn’t smart, funny, and gorgeously illustrated. Barefoot Books targets kids’ imaginations with texts that open their minds to the world—no tie-dye required.

1771 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-349-1610,