A StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that promotes literacy, learning and outdoor play. Individual pages of a storybook are mounted on trees in a circuit. Families and educators of young children follow the narrative by visiting each tree in sequence. It is a delightful journey filled with surprises from beginning to end.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.
Launched in May 2022, there is now a permanent StoryWalk® circuit at McLean Neighbourhood Park, 22500 McLean Ave.
Community members can visit the StoryWalk® any time the park is open; simply start at the first sign post, located at the playground, and follow the story clockwise along the trail.
The current story featured in the circuit is My Forest is Green by Darren Lebeuf, illustrated by Ashley Barron. The story celebrates both nature and art, and features a young artist exploring his urban forest during all four seasons.
Featured stories will be changed seasonally to keep the StoryWalk® experience fresh. The selected picture books feature a diverse range of stories and illustration styles that are well suited to anyone from preschool age and up.
This installation was made possible through a collaboration between Richmond Public Library and the City of Richmond, as well as thanks to the generous support of Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise and Decoda Literacy Solutions.
StoryWalk® kits at RPL were created with funds generously donated by the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, Richmond Fitness & Wellness and Decoda Literacy Solutions. You can borrow a StoryWalk® kit from the Richmond Public Library. We have 20 kits to choose from: find them HERE.
A laminated version of a book, an Information Guide and a Resource Guide.
Outdoor venues can include any green space, such as a copse of trees, along the dyke, parks, trails and community greenways. Indoor venues can include long hallways or windows.