Hidden Gems: Library StoryWalks

Research shows that reading aloud to young children can significantly improve their chance for success in kindergarten and beyond. One fun way to help kids enjoy books and stories is by visiting one of the many StoryWalks throughout Indianapolis. Typically set up by local libraries and parks departments, each page of a children’s storybook on a StoryWalk has been placed in mounted frames along a path. As you make your way down the path, kids are encouraged to read, exercise and enjoy the outdoors, all in one activity.

The concept of StoryWalks dates back to the early 1990s when a woman named Anne Ferguson and a group of book enthusiasts in Montpelier, Vermont, came up with an idea to combine the joy of reading with the beauty of nature. They wanted to create an interactive experience where children and families could engage with picture books in an outdoor setting. Now, their idea has blossomed into a global movement, and there are StoryWalks in parks and community spaces worldwide. 

StoryWalks are a great way to read to kids who have a hard time sitting still. With a StoryWalk, Kids are encouraged to jump, skip and move as they read. This multi-sensory activity encourages physical activity while learning.

There are many StoryWalks throughout Indianapolis and beyond. Here are a few to check out with your family!

StoryWalks Around Indianapolis

Ruckle Street Park

3025 Ruckle St., Indianapolis

Newfields 100 Acres

1850 W 38th St. Indianapolis

Multiple Parks in Fishers


Multiple Parks in Carmel


Old School Park

6030W. 750N., McCordsville

Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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