Take a Storywalk®

Niagara Children’s Planning Council, with leadership provided through the Families are Strong, Stable and Connected Pillar and the Niagara Falls Public Library, is thrilled to be bringing a variety of StoryWalk® Installation Kits to municipalities across the Niagara region.

A StoryWalk® is an opportunity for children to experience reading a book while walking through a park, trail or neighborhood. StoryWalks® promote literacy and outdoor physical activity. Additionally, they foster community involvement and parent engagement. Children of all ages may experience a StoryWalk® with family members or caregivers by following an outdoor path of large, laminated pages from an illustrated story. The pages also contain questions and reading cues to encourage discussion, predictions and to strengthen children’s emergent literacy development.

The StoryWalk® Installation Kits feature expertly selected children’s literature available in both English and French, and may be borrowed free of charge from any Public Library within Niagara. They contain the supplies necessary for organizations, community groups and individuals to arrange a StoryWalk® at a local outdoor location. In return, we ask individuals borrowing the kit to provide feedback in order to advise us on the ways in which the kits have been utilized. Additionally, organizations and individuals may advertise their StoryWalk® date and location through the Niagara Falls Public Library website, should the installation be open to the public.

* The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Niagara Children’s Planning Council is made up of the following organizations: A Child’s World, District School Board of Niagara, Family and Children’s Services Niagara, Niagara Indigenous Children’s Planning Council, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Niagara Region Children’s Services, Niagara Region Public Health, YMCA of Niagara, Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care, Ontario Early Years Centres, Pathstone Mental Health, Early Childhood Community Development Centre, Centre de Santé Communautaire, Port Cares, Strive Niagara, Comite de la petite enfance, Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, Niagara Falls Public Library, Brock University, Niagara College, Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region, Contact Niagara, Heartland Forest, Niagara Children’s Centre


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StoryWalk® Resources

Storywalk® handbook - English

Storywalk® borrower survey - English

Storywalk® visitor survey - English

Niagara StoryWalk® Library Partners

StoryWalk® Kits booked through Niagara Falls Public Library can be picked up and dropped off at any of our Niagara Region StoryWalk® Library Partners.

Fort Erie Public Library

Grimsby Public Library

Lincoln Public Library

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public LIbrary

Pelham Public Library

Port Colborne Public Library

St. Catharines Public Library

Thorold Public Library

Wainfleet Public Library

Welland Public Library

West Lincoln Public Library

Upcoming StoryWalks® in Niagara

Phelps Homes Building Literacy Fair
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid will be showing for this event. Outdoor literacy fun for the whole family!

Grimsby Public Library, 18 Carnegie Lane
Friday, June 7th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ruth Redmond Park beside Battle Ground Hotel Museum
Themed crafts will be available for each book at the Battle Ground Hotel Museum.

6151 Lundy's Lane
Friday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

If You Plant a Seed - May 17th to June 23rd
Stella, Fairy of the Forest - June 28 to July 28
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - August 2nd to September 1st

Contact Us for more information.

Storywalk Heartland

StoryWalk® Kits:

Ask Me by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee (English)

Avec un Grain D'Amitie by Kadir Nelson (Français)

Forever Friends by Carin Berger (English)

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (English)

Gros Grognon par Jeremy Tankard (Français)

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson and David Shannon (English)

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (English)

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (English)

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (English)

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (English)

The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend (English)

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (English)

Imagine un Arbre par Barbara Reid (Français)

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel (English)

Stella Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay (English)

Stella fée des forêts par Marie-Louise Gay (Français)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes (English)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (English)

La Chasse á L'ours by Michael Rosen (Français)

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