Book Walk

CCPRN recently incorporated a ‘Book Walk’ into our pre-summer picnics.

So what exactly is a book walk?

A book walk is a way to encourage children to be involved in a story. So here’s how it works.

For this one, we chose the book called “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell” written by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared D Lee.

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Each page of the story was mounted to a board throughout the park and children were encouraged to physically move through the book by walking from page to page.

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Each board was numbered in sequence to help guide the children and caregivers.

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Along the way, caregivers read the story as their children collected different items at each post that were relevant the story.

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The items collected can be used as props to assist in retelling the story later. This activity builds on a child’s narrative and memory skills.Book Walk 6

Join us at different parks throughout the city this week for our outdoor messy play and book walk events (registration required). We will be offering a book walk with a spin ~ caregivers and children will be encouraged to write a story of their own.

Visit our calendar of events at to register for this and other events for children.

To borrow a “book” for your own book walk contact the Early Literacy Specialists at the Parent Resource Centre 613-565-2467 ext 232 or 233


Child Care Providers Resource Network *CCPRN* offers training, information, resources and support to those providing child care in a home setting.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Child Care, daycare, literacy, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I have done a storywalk at my son’s school for two years. I found out about it in a magazine. However, I love the addition of the collection of items.

  2. great idea!!! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  3. very interesting..worth a try , thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. What an amazing activity! LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Did you pull a book apart to put on the signs, or did you photocopy? My reading group wants to do something like this, but was concerned about copyright issues. What did you do?

  6. Very good idea. I’m going to try it out this term

  7. Fabulous idea to encourage exercise, sequencing, socialization and the love of reading! Would be a great weekly project especially if your community has several parks and a library has a summer reading program to tie this type of an event to

  8. Where did you get your stakes and signs for this project?

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