StoryWalk

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What is StoryWalk?

StoryWalk® is a literacy and physical activity tool that engages community members in reading children’s books in unique environments.  StoryWalk is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book.  Those signs or pages are spread through indoor or outdoor spaces in all seasons, allowing a reader to follow along with a story by walking.


The Mighty Founders of StoryWalk

The StoryWalk® Project (www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk) was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.  The StoryWalk® Project offers fantastic ways to use physical copies of a book to make temporary signage in your community.


Curious City StoryWalks

Curious City offers a more long-term solution.  Each Curious City StoryWalk sign is professionally designed.  Each sign features a photograph or scan of the open book, allowing the “walker” to view the book as a physical obtainable object, not simply as an image on a sign.  Each “page turn” has an activity prompt so that walkers can participate in the story and increase their physical activity.  Additionally, the opening and closing signs provide customizable sponsor acknowledgements and messaging.


Signage Printing, Sign Holders & Installation

While Curious City does not print or install the physical signs or sign holders for their designs, we do make some recommendations on vendors and specs HERE.


Choosing a Book for Your StoryWalk

Signage Printing, Sign Holders & Installation
Curious City has managed the production of StoryWalks for the books listed below. Many of these StoryWalks can be reprinted and branded for your community. We can also help you create a StoryWalk with a book of your choice.  For more details look to the document HERE.

Explore branding and reprinting these books as StoryWalks:

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?
by Elizabeth Bluemle & illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk

Cat’s Colors
by Airlie Anderson (Child’s Play)
In development.  Slideshow TBA.

Mouse House Tales
by Susan Pearson & Illustrated by Amanda Shepard (Blue Apple Books)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
NOTE: The “action prompts” for this StoryWalk are STEM-aligned questions and observation prompts designed by educator Dana Allen of the Birth to Three Family Center in Ipswich, MA.

Pond Babies
by Cathryn Falwell (Down East Books)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
VIEW an StoryWalk installation in New Hanover, NC

Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle
by Mary Newell DePalma (Eerdman’s)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
VIEW a slideshow of an Event with StoryWalk

Bug Safari
by Bob Barner (Holiday House)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk

And Here’s To You!
by David Elliott & Illustrated by Randy Cecil (Candlewick Press)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
VIEW a slideshow of and installation & Launch Event in Portland, ME

The Bugliest Bug
by Carol Diggery Shields & Illustrated by Scott Nash (Candlewick Press)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
VIEW a slideshow of and installation & Launch Event in Portland, ME

Nest, Nook, & Cranny
by Susan Blackaby & Illustrated by Jamie Hogan (Charlesbridge Publishing)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk on a Nature Trail
NOTE: Because of the wide age-range of this StoryWalk (Age 7-Adult), it does not include physical activity prompts.

Many communities have used this StoryWalk on nature trails.  Because each sign is an individual poem, the signs do not have to be sequential.  They can be placed by the habitat that each sign represents.

The poems in Nest, Nook, & Cranny represent habitats nationwide.  This StoryWalk only represents the habitats of the Northern climate, but we can develop the pages/signs for other climates.

Rainbow Stew
by Cathryn Falwell (Lee & Low)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk
VIEW a slideshow of an Event with StoryWalk
NOTE: This title’s publisher requires a $500 license fee in addition to Curious City fees.

 

Readers at a Portland, ME StoryWalk

Readers at a Portland, ME StoryWalk


Borrowing StoryWalks in Maine

From the Portland Public Library
Contact Mary Peverada, (207) 871-1700 x706

Rainbow Stew
by Cathryn Falwell (Lee & Low)

Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle
by Mary Newell DePalma (Eerdman’s)

Nest, Nook, & Cranny
by Susan Blackaby & Illustrated by Jamie Hogan (Charlesbridge Publishing)
VIEW a slideshow of the StoryWalk on a Nature Trail

From Let’s Go!
More info on borrowing here.

Scoot!
by Cathryn Falwell (Greenwillow)

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee
by Chris Van Dusen