What is a Story Walk?
It’s an exciting initiative that combines a children’s story with a walking route while connecting families with their library and community. A way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children on a short stroll that is fun for all.
We have these Story Walks that you can borrow:
Ayres, Katherine – Up Down and Around
Brown, Margaret Wise – Big Red Barn
Bruchac, Joseph – Many Nations
Cauley, Lorinda Bryan – Clap Your Hands
Buehner, Caralyn – Snowmen at Night
Crews, Donald – Ten Black Dots
Dodd, Emma – What Pet to Get
Dorros, Arthur – Animal Tracks
Ehlert, Lois – Growing Vegetable Soup (English/Español)
Katz, Karen – The Colors of Us
Martin, Bill – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Marzollo, Jean – How Kids Grow
McGrath, Barbara Barbieri — The Baseball Counting Book
Moore, Clement C. – The Night Before Christmas
Penn, Audrey – The Kissing Hand
Raschka, Chris – Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
Sendak, Maurice – Where the Wild Things Are
Senisi, Ellen B. – Kindergarten Kids
Shannon, David – Duck on a Bike
Silverstein, Shel — The Giving Tree
Tillman, Nancy – Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You
Winthrop, Elizabeth – Shoes (2 copies)
Behrens, Janice – Let’s Vote on It!
Brett, Jan – The Mitten
Each Story Walk portfolio contains:
- Laminated posters (number varies with length of book) and “Story walk start” + “The End”
- Inventory Page
- What is a Story Walk™
- About Wee Read
- Samples of flyers for times we have used this
- Guidelines for making/using this Story Walk™
- Guide sheet for the story to be used/given as you see fit
- Survey for Families
- Sample of child sign in sheet—we made them to match each story. These were given to children at the start of the walk and collected at the end where children could choose a free book. We use them to know how many children and what ages read the story.
Please feel free to add your own flyers, survey results, summary of the event, etc. While pages of the book may not be altered in any way; flyers, surveys, guides, and VISM sheet may be reproduced.
The first Story Walk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier,Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Story Walk™ debuted in Montpelier and the initiative has spread throughout Vermont and beyond. The Athenaeum Story Walk project is sponsored by the Children’s Library and Wee Read!