Storybook Trail Guide for Southeastern Michigan

. September 2, 2020.
Stock photo courtesy of Pixabay
Stock photo courtesy of Pixabay

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! 

Image courtesy of Chelsea District Library.

Image courtesy of Chelsea District Library.

Washtenaw County

Baker Woods Preserve Storybook Trail

This trail offers a new book every month! September features The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

11914 Trinkle Rd, Dexter. 734-475-8732. 

Livingston County

Fowlerville Community Park Reading Trail

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.

Settler’s Park Reading Trail

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.

Macomb County

Beaver Creek Park Storywalk

This trail’s story changes several times a year and showcases both fiction and nonfiction.

34100 King Richard Drive, Sterling Heights. 586-446-2665.

Oakland County

Auburn Hills Public Library StoryWalk

This trail surrounds the library and features a new book every couple of weeks!

3400 E Seyburn Dr, Auburn Hills. 248-370-9466.

Beverly Park Story Book Trail

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.

Clarkston Independence District Library Storywalk

This trail is in the woods right outside the library and features a new book every week!

6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston. 248-625-2212.

Highland Township Public Library Storywalk

This trail currently features The Good Egg by Jory John.

444 Beach Farm Circle, Highland. 248-887-2218.

Red Oaks Nature Center Storybook Trail

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.

Rochester Hills Public Library Story Walk

This trail is permanent, Braille-enhanced, and located right outside the library in its gardens.

500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester. 248-656-2900.

Springfield Township Library Storybook Trail

This trail begins right outside the library and ends at a playground.

12000 Davisburg Rd., Davisburg. 

Wayne County 

Heritage Park Story Trail

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. 

Northville District Library Book Walk

This trail changes throughout the year and currently features Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. 

212 W. Cady Street, Northville. 248-349-3020.