“StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.” – Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, the original project was a health promotion project to get adults moving. It was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalks® are now installed globally. To learn more about the original project, including its history, book list and FAQs with tips for developing your own project, visit the StoryWalk® webpage at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
A StoryWalk® is a way for kids and their adults to have fun together, explore their local parks and trails, be active, and discover new books to read. Sometimes it means hopping on one foot or taking giant steps to the next page in the book at the local playground. Sometimes it means wandering through a rainforest, using all one’s senses to experience the canopy above, the flora below, and the rushing river beside; then moving to the next page in a wonderful story.
Check with your local library or literacy organization/literacy outreach coordinator – they may have StoryWalk® kits available to borrow.
StoryWalks® are often initiated and funded by local literacy organizations, community organizations or libraries. Many are supported by the annual Postmedia Raise-a-Reader campaign held each September during Literacy Month. This year’s Literacy Month theme is “Literacy Connects Us.” StoryWalks® are a great way for families to connect!
See our list of permanent StoryWalks® in BC communities.
Submit your StoryWalk® to be featured on our list of permanent StoryWalks® throughout BC.