Views of the Neighborhood – StoryWalk in Lakeway

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 tr,ail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.
StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! They are always received with appreciation.

StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT
and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal,
Kellogg-Hubbard Library.®

Lakeway has installed a StoryWalk® installation near the activity center where the Holiday light walk was during the holidays.

Views of the neighborhood

There is a sign pointing the way to the walk.

Views of the neighborhood

A sign to tell you to follow the path.

The title of the book is I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichenheld. It is a delightful book. Due to constraints on photo memory, I won’t picture each page, but if you are interested, there is a video at the end.

I wish you more ups than downs.

I wish you more tippy-toes than deep.

I wish you more hugs than ughs.

Here is a resting place.

An overall view of the trail beginning to give you an idea of the setup. I hope you enjoyed the little walk. The full story follows. Thank you

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  1. That’s innovative and exciting for children and adults.

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    1. It is for sure.. Thank you for the visit, Kavitha.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    How clever! I love this!! Thank you for adding the audiobook. What a beautiful story! ♥

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    1. I thought so too. Thank you, Gwen.

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  3. Wonderful idea, dear John. I have never heard of it before. Such a smart way to attract people to enjoy reading! Thank you!

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    1. This is the first I have heard of it as well. Thank you, Maria.

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  4. What a wonderful idea! I’ll bet Jennie’s Aqua Roomers would love it.

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    1. My head is already spinning as I must do this at school!

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      1. Contact the folks.

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      2. Just google Storywalk all the contact info is there.

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      3. Done! 👍

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      4. 😀 I’m not at all surprised!

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    2. They most certainly would, liz. 😁

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  5. I love this idea, John. Reading has brought me endless hours of joy. Love that youngsters are being introduced to its magic in this way. And the story is terrific!

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    1. I thought so too, Lori. I agree on the fact that it is a great way to introduce kids to the joy.

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  6. This is wonderful, John. When I read your posts, I wish I lived in the US>

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    1. The US would be proud to have you, Robbie. Your heart is in the UK I’m thinking. 😊

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      1. I love the historical and literary side of the UK, John, the museums, castles and homes of authors. I love the patriotism and love of country you have in the US. That is a really great thing.

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      2. I hope yogurt to settle where you want to be for sure. I know SA has been a challenge.

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  7. What an incredible idea to foster the love of books! I would take that walk.

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    1. THe walk was interesting. The fact that kids and parents do it together makes it all the more fun. Thank you, Pam.

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  8. That’s a really cool idea. Wish they did it around here. It could get a lot of kids more interested in reading.

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    1. It sure could. Thanks, Charles.

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  9. A neighborhood that advertises reading sure can’t be all bad, eh? 🙂

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    1. I would say so too, GP. Thanks for the visit.

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  10. I loved this, John! What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 😁

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    1. Yes it is, Joe. Since you are a children’s book author it might be something to consider. Thanks for the visit.

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  11. I. LOVE. THIS! Every open space needs a story walk. Interestingly, author Amy Krause Rosenthal’s third book in her award winning trilogy has just been published (posthumously). I met the illustrator yesterday and will be posting about these books tomorrow. Thank you, John.

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    1. You can contact the original concept folks and they will set yu up for a book tour. (Laminated books)

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      1. Thank you, John!

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  12. How wonderful!! I love this.

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    1. Thanks, Darlene.

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  13. Getting children exercised and reading at the same time – excellent.

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    1. Yes it is, Janet. Thanks for the comment.

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  14. Excellent. I really like the idea.

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    1. It is a great idea for sure. Thanks, Rabirius.

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  15. This is a great idea, John, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. I could see the kids in Ontario this time of year. “Mommy I’m cold.” “Just keep reading eh?”

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  16. What a splendid idea! Combining the outdoors, exercise (well, sort of!), and books is a great way to strengthen the bonds between kids and adults while encouraging them to enjoy reading. And yes, I listened to the entire book!

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    1. You are a good scout, Debbie. Thank you and have a great Sunday.😀

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  17. How inventive! What a great idea.

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    1. I know right? Thank you, Maggie. 😊

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  18. John, I’ve never heard of a story walk before. What a terrific concept. Your new community seems wonderful. Hugs to you and yours.

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    1. It is quite a place for sure. Something for everyone. Thank you, Teagan

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  19. What a marvelous idea! My daughter is going to mention it at the next PTA meeting. Thanks so much for sharing this, John.

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    1. My pleasure. Go to Google to get the details. Look up BookWalk

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    2. Whoops. I meant StoryWalk

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  20. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us, John!

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    1. Thak you, Becky. 😀

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  21. What a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing this enchanting place.

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    1. Thank for being the sharee, Dale. 😁 (double meaning there)

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      1. Love it!!! 😘

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  22. Great way to get kids to immerse themselves in the adventures of reading. Well done Boss.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. it really offers something for everyone. It is a thrill to see the kds run from one page to the next.

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      1. Great idea Boss. Thanks for sharing it.

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  23. That’s a great way to experience the outdoors and a good book. I love, “more tippy-toes than deep” – that’s a nice wish.

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    1. It is a nice wish. Deep is not a good idea. Thanks, Dan

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  24. Never heard of a storywalk but I love it! It is like a treasure hunt.

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    1. It is, Jo. Thank you.

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I like this idea:)

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    1. It is super, right? Thanks, Denise

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  26. Hi John. Just discovered your blog via Jill Weatherholt’s interview. This summer, I enjoyed my first Story Walk in the local library where I go almost daily to write. I had no idea that this was a national project. It’s very touching to read Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s book. Her legacy lives on.

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    1. Thank you s much for the visit, Evelyn. Yes, she does live on and the StoryWalk initiative is also in several other countries. I appreciate your comment and hope you’ll come back.

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  27. D-E-L-I-G-H-T-F-U-L-! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray

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  28. What an innovative idea to get children outdoors AND reading! Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. My pleasure, Jan. 😀

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    1. It is. (Thes two word comments crack me up.)

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  29. What a beautiful idea!!! I wish you more hugs than ughs … such a perfect sentiment. I love this idea, John. I am going to look into possibly setting up one locally … thank you!

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    1. Just Google StoryWalk and they have info on how to do it. Thanks, Jill

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      1. Awesome … thanks!

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  30. What a wonderful way to encourage reading and physical activity at the same time! Love this!

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    1. I thought you would, Lynne. Thank you for letting me know. 😁

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  31. I haven’t heard of Story Walks, but absolutely love this idea. This is something I would have done with my sons when they were younger.

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    1. It is fun. They woud have liked it I’m sure.

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  32. How lovely, John. Good pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda.

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