A StoryWalk® is for the kid in all of us!
By placing the pages of a book along an outdoor walking path, a StoryWalk® promotes reading discussion and encourages physical activity as adults and children step through the pages of a book in a natural setting. It is a simple yet powerful tool that fosters literacy, community, and social engagement.
We hope you enjoy these multi-sensory experiences that combine the joy of reading with all the benefits of being outdoors and observing nature! Please share your experience with us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #StoryWalkBCPL.
Lebanon Junction StoryWalk®
Travel through the trees to enjoy a brand-new story experience every two weeks. Along your journey, smell the honeysuckle and wisteria and stay on the lookout for our frequent backyard visitor, the blue tail lizard. You might spy butterflies, birds, and bunnies too! Plus, enjoy a surprise at the end of your walk. Our StoryWalk® path at this location is approximately 1/5 mile. That is, if the littles don’t take any detours!
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
Follow a fuzzy little caterpillar as he crawls through the tall, tall grass and discovers the sights and sounds of some amazing creatures. Remember to be on the lookout during your StoryWalk® to see what plants and wildlife you might spot!
If Had a Tail by Karen Clemens Warrick
A well-illustrated collection of seven poetic riddles about some of the most unusual tails in the animal kingdom. Be prepared to solve some riddles of your own!
Bird Watch by Christie Matheson
A seek-and-find picture book where you search for hidden birds and count them too! With graceful artwork, a focus on counting, and an engaging treasure hunt, there is something new to discover on every page. We might just have an interactive surprise planned, too!
Our Animal Neighbors; Compassion for Every Furry, Slimy, Prickly Creature on Earth by Matthieu Richard, Jason Gruhl & Becca Hall
A charming and playful story about how we can treat all of Earth’s creatures with the care, empathy, and compassion that they deserve. Along your journey, think and talk about some of your favorite animal neighbors.
Ways to Say I Love You by Marilyn Singer and Alette Straathof
A beautifully illustrated and lyrically written picture book shows that we are not so different from our animal friends. From snuggling garter snakes to big, cozy bear hugs, learn how animals express affection for each other. This is a great StoryWalk® for a bonding family moment!
Travel by our developing gardens, listen to the sounds of nature all around, and take a peek at our budding beehives as you experience a brand-new story every two weeks. Plus, enjoy a surprise at the end of your walk. Most StoryWalks® at this location will stretch over a path of about 1/4 mile. That is, if the littles don’t take any detours!
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
A laugh-out-loud story about Bruce the Bear who likes to keep to himself and eat eggs. Bruce gets more than he bargained for when his hard-boiled goose eggs hatch and the goslings are convinced Bruce is their mother. Prepare to giggle your way through this story from start to finish!
I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Stemple
Illustrated in rich environmental tones, this story conveys warm family stories of being prepared and resilient through four different weather emergencies: a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane. While you’re walking, try being the storm yourself! Spin like a tornado or wave your arms like a flickering forest fire. Then, take a moment to discuss your own family emergency plans.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
In this tale of funny encounters and sensory delights, follow a bear’s journey from the forest to the city, where he happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. Along the way, try being as sneaky and quiet as possible.
Where’s My Turtle? by Barbara Bottner
A fun and interactive story about Archer’s missing turtle and the importance of cleaning up a messy room. Enjoy a fun activity at the end of your walk!
17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter
A hilarious story about all the things grownups never let you do. How many things can you count on your own list? How about the fun things you ARE allowed to do?
Dog’s Colorful Day StoryWalk®
This traveling StoryWalk will make a limited-time-only appearance at our Hillview and Mt. Washington locations.
Sunday, July 18th @1:00 PM through Saturday, July 24th @4:30 PM
Join us Sunday from 1:00–3:00 PM for a special launch event and giveaways! Or visit during library hours any other day of the week to follow our outdoor Pavilion path and enjoy the story.
Sunday, July 25th @1:00 PM through Saturday, July 31st @4:30 PM
Join us Sunday from 1:00–3:00 PM for a special launch event and giveaways! Or take a walk around the library any other day of the week to enjoy the story.
Enjoy a fun, interactive story about a lovable dog as you practice counting and learn about colors.