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Today, September 22, 2020, I read in Lit Hub Daily about Story Walks and Anne Ferguson, the brilliant person who came up with the project. I've been trying to think up a way to entertain the children in my Portland neighborhood. Something interactive and fun and live (not electronic). And safe, of course. This could be it.
A story walk is a picture book made into a series of laminated pages that are attached to stakes, or tied to trees, or placed in store windows, sort of like the old Burma Shave signs along the highway, only much better. I am leaving right now to scout possible locations.
The backstory of Story Walks is fascinating. The original goal was not specifically to promote reading, but to promote healthy behavior: getting parents and young children to be active together outdoors, instead of the usual pattern of kids playing at the playground and parents sitting on benches. Why not motivate families to walk together from page to page of a s p r e a d - o u t picture book? Story Walks don't violate copyright, and (a bonus for authors and illustrators) they have been designed to actively encorage book buying. Icing on the cake, this is also a perfect activity for a time of social distancing. An exponential win/win.
As I said, I am off to scout locations.