Have you run a StoryWalk?
Have you been to a StoryWalk?
They sound amazingly fun! And they are a great way to involve kids in a book – and hopefully interest kids in many more books!
“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.”
“If you are interested in having a StoryWalk® in your community, The StoryWalk Project- FAQ March 2017 Update.doc.”
A library person was recently talking about StoryWalks on the ALSC listserve, and asked for suggestions on other titles to use. She collected the responses, and we are sharing them with you here:
- Life on Mars by Agee
- The Three Little Aliens & the Big Bad Robot
- Seymour Simon has several NF space books
- The Aliens are Coming
- Company Coming
- Postcards from Pluto
- Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
- Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
- I Want To Go To The Moon by Tom Saunders
- The Darkest Dark
- Oh No, Astro!
- Star Stuff
Clearly, this would be a fun program in itself. You can also expand on that by involving some Reader’s Advisory work.
- Add in signs with additional books on topics for each page. Picture of an ant on one? Recommend an ant book! Ms. Frizzle stops at Jupiter? Have a Jupiter book ready to go!
- Create a bibliography you can give to parents and caregivers at the end, with similar books to the StoryWalk book you just had fun reading. Also put this online, so everyone can find it!
- Have kids yell out their favorite books! We are already running (fun!), and adding in a yelling component could be even more fun! Keep track of their suggestions, so you stay in touch with the books important to this community group.
Check out some of the photos of StoryWalks on Pinterest!