Our Mission and Values

Imagine. Explore. Create. Connect. Give Back. It is exploring other cultures, our planet, ourselves. It is making time for make-believe and letting imaginations run wild and free. Most of all, it is about using stories to inspire the creative spark in everyone and strengthen connections with family, the global community and the planet.

Barefoot Kids NZ is committed to living out the kindness and compassion we celebrate in Barefoot Books books, raising literacy and resilience in Kiwi children and reducing the impact to our planet by living sustainably.

Our Core Values

Imagine

We encourage children to make time for make-believe, let their imaginations run wild and free, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun. 

Explore

We help children explore other cultures, our planet, and themselves, providing them with ways to follow their imaginations on extraordinary journeys, both inner and outer. 

Create

We believe that books with beautiful art and meaningful stories respect the innate wisdom of children and have the power to nourish the creative spark in everyone. 

Connect

We are committed to helping children create deep and lasting connections - whether with parent connecting over a book; connecting to the universal wisdom of other cultures; or connecting people with the desire to help children become happy, engaged members of a global community. 

Give Back

We support organisations that share our goals of global understanding, empowering children, and sustaining the earth for future generations.