Barefoot Books was launched in 1993, by Nancy Traversy and Tessa Strickland. Nancy wanted to stay at home with her first baby. She had a degree in Business and had worked in Design as well. Tessa Strickland had been an editor at Penguin and Random House. Together, they came up with the idea of launching a publishing house for children’s storybooks with art-quality illustrations that would encourage multiculturalism. They started out their venture as a home-based business in England, but seven years later, Nancy grew tired of flying around the world to book fairs with her four children in tow, all under the age of 6. She moved to the United States to expand the business and now operates out of their US publishing house in Cambridge, Massachusets. Barefoot Books now has its own bookstores in Concord, Massachussetts, and Oxford, UK, along with the Barefoot Books Boutique at FAO Schwartz in New York City.