Story Walk at East Aiken

A StoryWalk® is an interactive story experience that allows the readers to read the story as it is posted in an outdoor space. Our East Aiken StoryWalk® will be placed on the 1st and 2nd grade playground to allow students to read the stories during physical activity time or outdoor mask breaks or to be used by teachers as part of instruction and an interactive literacy activity.

With social distancing, traditional read alouds on the rug and in the library aren’t currently possible. A StoryWalk® will allow students to have socially distant interaction with their peers with a shared book in a safe, fun, and interactive format.

To create our StoryWalk®, we will use corrugated yard signs with pages from “deconstructed” books to spread the story out across a section of the playground. Each StoryWalk® requires two copies of the same title to create. We will swap out the books in our StoryWalk® every two weeks.

The books used for this project will be from the South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees; students enjoy reading the new list of nominees each year in the library and voting (along with other students across the state) for which book is their favorite.

This project will allow a new approach to a familiar library activity in this time of so many changes! On the back of each StoryWalk® board, we will have a movement challenge activity listed so that our StoryWalk® signs can be used for two different activites.

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

2020 Story Walk at East Aiken