Families can explore the area's newest Storybook Walk in Kirkwood Park.Photo courtesy Kirkwood Public Library.
Kids can take in a great book as they take in a stroll at several local Storybook Walks, including the area’s newest one in Kirkwood.
With support from Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood Parks & Recreation and Glendale Kirkwood Kiwanis, Eagle Scout Scott Theerman installed a new Storybook Walk around Walker Lake in Kirkwood Park. The walk will be maintained and updated throughout the year. March will feature “The Night World,” by Mordicai Gerstein. April’s book is “Ribbet,” by Rodrigo Folgueira. May and June will see “Excellent Ed,” by Stacy McAnuity installed. “The Watermelon Seed,” by Greg Pizzoli, is planned for July. “Marta Big and Small,” by Jen Arena, will round out the summer in August. The park is located at the corner of West Adams Avenue and Geyer Road in Kirkwood.
Families can walk their way through a great story in four Storybook Walks in St. Charles County. “The Storybook Walks give your family the chance to read together while enjoying time outside in a beautiful park,” said Maggie Melson, youth services manager for St. Charles City-County Library.
Quail Ridge Park, located at 5501 Quail Ridge Parkway, Wentzville, MO, will feature “A Hippy Hoppy Toad,” by Peggy Archer, from April through July. From August through October the park will display “Old MacDonald Had a Dragon,” by Ken Baker.
Visitors to St. Charles Community College, located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO, will find a Storybook Walk behind the Orange 4 parking lot. Book titles change monthly. Kids can read “Leave Me Alone!,” by Vera Brosgol, in March; “Little Wolf’s Song,” by Britta Teckentrup, in April; “Is Everyone Ready for Fun,” by Jan Thomas, in May; “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” by Jane Cabrera, in June; “Marsupial Sue,” by John Lithgow, in July; “Alan’s Big Scary Teeth,” by Jarvis, in August; and “Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus,” by Edward Hemingway, in September.
At Heartland Park, located at 100 William Dierberg Dr., Wentzville, MO, families can read “Goodnight Already!,” by Jory John, through April. May through July, the park will feature “Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus,” by James Dean. The park will feature “Gabe and Goon,” by Iza Trapani, August through October. In November, “Colette’s Lost Pet,” by Isabelle Arsenault, will be on display.
Fox Hill Park, located off Fox Hill Dr., St. Charles, MO, houses a Storybook Walk near the parking area at the end of Huncker/Quince. Books are changed monthly. March features “Chicken in Space,” by Adam Lehrhaupt.“Aberdeen,” by Stacey Previn, will be on display in April; May is “It Came in the Mail,” by Ben Clanton; June will be “Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy,” by Jan Thomas; July features “Noisy Night,” by Mac Barnett; in August, “Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Whomp,” by Wynton Marsalis will be on display.
The St. Charles County Storybook Walks are made possible through the cooperation of several entities. Financing is provided by the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation; the St. Charles City-County Library district determines which books will be used, and most installations are done by the hosting parks.