What better way to enjoy a sunny day than with a stroll through a book?
Families can enjoy a leisurely walk while reading illustrated children’s books with the creation of Storybook Trails throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Storybook Trails consist of one or more books broken apart, enlarged, laminated, and then spread out, page by page, along a walking trail. The concept provides the opportunity for families to share in the joy of reading while outside enjoying nature. Anne Ferguson from Montpelier, Vermont, created the StoryWalk® project in 2007 in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. They are now found in all 50 states and 12 countries.
Looking for your next family bucket list? Try to visit each of these trails this fall! Once you discover a favorite, you can keep revisiting: most trails feature a new book each month!
This trail offers a new book every month! September features The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter. 734-475-8732.
This brand-new trail features Buzzy the Bumblebee by local author Denise Brennan-Nelson. This trail will be available until the beginning of October.
425 North Grand Street, Fowlerville. 517-223-3771.
This brand-new trail features Grady the Goose, also by local author Denise Brennan-Nelson. Trail walkers can fill out a short survey at the end to enter a raffle for a free book.
2655 Clark Rd, Hartland. 810-632-7498.
This trail’s story changes several times a year and showcases both fiction and nonfiction.
34100 King Richard Drive, Sterling Heights. 586-446-2665.
This trail surrounds the library and features a new book every couple of weeks!
3400 E Seyburn Dr, Auburn Hills. 248-370-9466.
This trail offers a new book every month! September features A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes.
18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills. 248-554-4650.
This trail is in the woods right outside the library and features a new book every week!
6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston. 248-625-2212.
This trail currently features The Good Egg by Jory John.
444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. 248-887-2218.
This trail currently features the book, How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects by Ruth Heller.
30300 Hales St, Madison Heights. 248-585-0100.
This trail is permanent, Braille-enhanced, and located right outside the library in its gardens.
500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester. 248-656-2900.
This trail begins right outside the library and ends at a playground.
12000 Davisburg Rd., Davisburg.
This trail offers a new book every month! September features Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins and illustrator Zachariah O’Hora.
1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton. 734-394-5460.
This trail changes throughout the year and currently features Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.
212 W. Cady Street, Northville. 248-349-3020.