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Hold This! by Carolyn Cory Scoppettone, At One by Lynn Plourde, Halfway Wild by Laura Freudig, and My Cat, Coon Cat by Jeannie Brett are deconstructed and enlarged into sixteen 11 by 17 inch spreads and printed on heavy card stock. They are ready to mount on posts, display cases, or walls. We can also work with you to make more permanent installations or develop other Islandport books into a story walk. 

Why purchase a story walk when I can cut up books and make my own?

Ouch! We love books and at $55 + shipping, we’ve priced our non-laminated story walks to be competitive with the retail price of three books. You’ll get sixteen continuous (no gutter in the middle), numbered, spreads sized to 11” x 17”. Laminated story walk pages are $100 + shipping.

Do I have to get permission to use the books in my school, park, or other space?

When you purchase your story walk directly from Islandport Press, you don’t have to worry about copyright issues.


Hold This Story Walk

Do you sell the mounting materials?

We do not sell mounting materials. There are many ways to mount your story walk both inside and out. Some people have more permanent, weatherproof display cases, others use engineering stakes with industrial velcro, and some use paper or “Coroplast” campaign signs that sandwich metal wickets. Each comes with its own budget requirements. A search of Google images for “story walk” will give you a wealth of options.

Also note that permanent building materials and even a load of engineering stakes can be quite heavy. Plenty of volunteers, a cart, or a utility vehicle are useful.

How far apart should my story pages be?

You want the next page to be visible from the one before. There should be about 40 kid-sized paces between the pages. Be aware of foliage, landmarks, or geography that might obstruct sight lines or other trails that might lead people away from the story walk. Use laminated arrows to keep people on track and number the story stations so the story order is clear.

Past clients have created extra signs that say “Story Walk Start” and “Story Walk End” as well as laminated large arrows to guide people to and through the walk.

What else will I need to have a successful story walk?

The saying “If you build it, they will come,” should really be “If you build it, and tell enough people, they will come.” When planning a community story walk, it’s great to partner with an established community entity such as a school or town. Consider press communication, social networking, event planning, and volunteer coordination.

How do I keep my story walk safe?

If the story walk is going to stay up for a couple of days, weeks, or longer, be aware of vandalism. A location that is public, well-traveled, and well-lit in the evening is probably more safe. For the longevity of your investment, consider a mounting system that protects the pages from being ripped or defaced, or choose a mounting system that can be brought inside when necessary.

What is the StoryWalk® Project? 

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. FMI:

More questions? 

Feel free to ask! 

Cost: $55; $100 laminated, plus $17.95 for one copy of the book (mandatory), plus shipping and tax if applicable. 

To order: Phone 207-846-3344 or email Shannon Butler (

Find out about other discounts and special offers on our Library Services page.