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® handbook - French (coming soon)

Storywalk® borrower survey - English

Storywalk® borrower survey - French (coming soon)

Storywalk® visitor survey - English

Storywalk® visitor survey - French (coming soon)

Niagara StoryWalk® Library Partners

StoryWalk® Kits booked through Niagara Falls Public Library can be picked up and droped 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

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StoryWalk® Kits currently available:

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)

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)

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)

StoryWalk® Kits coming soon:

Some Bugs by Angela DeTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel (English)

Forever Friends by Carin Berger (English)

Leaves by David Ezra Stein (English)

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