TIBS is excited about our new partnership with the Barefoot Librarian, Eve Panzer, MLIS,Educator and Children’s Bookseller for more than two decades. When Karen Phillips, TIBS Executive Director, saw the Barefoot Librarian’s books this summer at the TIBS workshops in Austin, she said:
"These books are so beautiful. They are a wonderful fit for IB. We need to get you [the Barefoot Librarian] connected with the IB educators."
Educator-to-Educator Services and Benefits
The Barefoot Librarian conducts the in-depth research of children’s literature so that you don’t have to, saving you precious time. She finds engaging and enriching books often from small independent publishers and self-published authors that you may never hear about.
Eve specializes in working with IB PYP Schools. The Barefoot Librarian seeks out books that cross age groups and curriculum so they can be used in many different settings. Eve selects each title herself, buying books which focus on nature, diversity, multiculturalism, and global messages. Many of her titles align closely with elements of the PYP Program Model such as: International mindedness, Sharing the planet, and How the world works. Also, PYP Attitudes and Attributes such as Tolerance; Respect; Empathy; and Integrity are reflected in the universal messages of folk tales from around the world that are included in the Barefoot Librarian collection. Eve also offers quality Spanish and Spanish/English bilingual books!
Importantly, the Barefoot Librarian will research and find books for your specific needs if she does not have exactly what you want.
There is an educator’s discount on almost every purchase. And free shipping whenever applicable. The Barefoot Librarian saves you time and money and provides you with unique, high quality books that you will use and cherish for years to come.
Would you like an in-person/onsite, telephone, or video conference to discuss your needs?
The Barefoot Librarian meets with educators most weekdays, scheduling individual appointments. She is based in Austin, Texas.
How We Work
Please complete our Contact Us form, telling us about your needs and specific requests. We will get back to you within three business days, suggesting potential days and times to talk initially by phone.
We can’t wait to talk with you!
"The trip was a great learning opportunity! It was a fantastic time to share with follow educators from US and Canada. The places, cities, museums and parks we visited were amazing, breathtaking and powerful. A real opportunity to expand our horizons, minds and hearts. We visited a traditional public school, where we could donate books and resources. This was a true opportunity to engage in conversation with the students who were so eager to learn about us and share in their sweet broken English any info we would ask!
"What a lifetime adventure traveling to China as a teacher who loves to see textbooks come alive! I was able to bring my students what I observed of Chinese culture and people, and how they live and learn. I shared my experiences with other teachers at my school and with my community. Now that I’ve been to China, I would love to know more about the Chinese builders who are building a steel plant in our community. There are so many things and ideas that can be taught to those who travel. I think traveling brings us to a higher level as humans who teach."
Windsor Park Elementary
(Corpus Christi, TX)
TIBS is pleased to announce our partnership with EF Education First, one of the world’s leaders in international education. Through this partnership, TIBS will offer its members IB-recognized Category 3 workshops through immersive international study tours to Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
TIBS and EF believe that developing global competency is a priority for 21st century schools and that all educators must be global citizens. Professional learning through immersive educational travel is the most direct way to develop international mindedness in educators and prepare them to bring the world to their students and take their students into the world.
EF has been working with the International Baccalaureate for a number of years to provide IB-recognized Category 3 workshops that have taken place in Peru, China, Japan, Spain, Costa Rica, Morocco, England, and Ireland. Now TIBS is collaborating with EF to provide IB educators with the opportunity to exchange ideas and practices with educators from home and abroad, while exploring the destinations around the world.
Workshops will include educational visits to IB World Schools and visits to significant cultural and historical sites. These unique blended workshops are open to all PYP, MP, and DP educators and school leaders and mix online content with an IB workshop leader facilitated tour. Pre- and post-tour sessions help teachers find rewarding and innovative ways to implement international-mindedness in their classrooms and communities and prepare educators with foundational knowledge about a destination and subject-specific expertise.
What educators have to say about traveling with EF:
To learn more about the TIBS/EF travel adventure scheduled for next summer, please download the flyer: Inquiry Into Ecuador: A Professional Learning Tour for IB Educators [PDF].