- The PopUp StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity targeted towards young children (ages 2-10) that places a children's story (a deconstructed book page by page) along a family-friendly trail, combining the joy of reading with an adventurous outing. It is a creative idea used to motivate parents, teachers and caregivers to take young children outdoors, inspiring a love of physical activity, reading and learning.
- We hope, through PopUp StoryWalk Project, to encourage a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation of the outdoors.
The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT in 2007 and was developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The name StoryWalk is a registered trademark. There are now StoryWalk installations all over the country.
- Ideally, the PopUp StoryWalk would be constantly rotating between book selections, inspiring families to follow our installations and experience a new featured book in a new location. This way, the families could enjoy a new outdoor adventure with each PopUp install.
- We have children's picture books that illustrate the themes of nature, combined with lessons of kindness, empathy and creativity. We are collaborating and choosing books with local authors and illustrator's, as well as, KCLS Children's Librarian Specialists, continually tying projects into the threads, that are our community.
- Catch author and illustrator Kevan Atteberry, author of Bunnies!!! on May 19th at the PopUp StoryWalk Kids to Parks Day at St. Edwards State Park. Learn More>
- We are currently working on funding this project to travel to other parts of Kenmore and the Eastside and would love your support!! If you are excited about bringing education and the outdoors together, please consider making a donation to PopUp StoryWalk through our GoFundMe. Be sure to write in the memo line, PopUp StoryWalk.
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- Elisabeth Lepine
- I am a mother of 2 girls (4 & 6 years old) who has been involved in education most of my adult life. I was a high school English, Theatre and Humanities teacher for a few years in CA and KY. I became a travel teacher for a 2 year old boy when my husband and I moved to NYC - the world was our classroom. We moved to Washington, and settled in Kenmore, after 12 years in the big city, solidifying family roots and enjoying the abundance of trees and nature around us.
The hike that inspired this project was experienced by myself, my husband, and my girls who were 5 months (Lucy) and 2 1/2 years old (Juliet) at the time. We were vacationing in upstate New York and decided to go on a family hike. I was carrying Lucy in the carrier and Juliet was skipping after daddy. We stumbled upon a StoryWalk trail. The book was Eric Carle's The Hermit Crab and the experience was incredible for ALL four of us and has never fully left my mind's eye. My oldest daughter was full of excitement and awe, running up ahead to spot the next display which contained the next page of the story. She would squeal with joy when she found it, and run back to get daddy's hand to lead him to her new discovery. He would crouch down and read the two pages to her as she looked at the illustrations. This process repeated over and over until the hike was done, and the story finished. Never did Juliet complain about how tired her legs were, never did she ask if the hike was almost done..... she was IN an adventure and she loved every moment of this mile-long hike. It was magical.
- Jasmin Thankachen
- I partnered with Elisabeth not long ago on this journey to help bring this awesome project to fruition, not only because her enthusiasm for this adventure is contagious, but also because I have children of my own who have benefitted from numbers outdoor adventures and opportunities for early literacy programs.
My two sons, ages 3 & 6, were born in the PNW and as we know, our weather is not all sunshine and rainbows. From a very young age, we encouraged our children to experience the outdoors in every sort of weather and terrain, at all times and in all seasons.
StoryWalk Trail is such an amazing amalgamation of learning and play. It is an opportunity for children to play in an outdoor environment, while having a purposeful experience through the stories shared. Exploring page by page, following a character through a children's book, and learning a thoughtful lesson at the end, is an exciting adventure for the entire family that parallels the journey you take on a hike; with its climb to the top and descent to your destination. It is an engaging, positive and memorable experience that helps stimulate a desire to read and learn from a very young age.