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Next Door is partnering with Milwaukee County Parks to present the city’s first StoryWalk® for our community to enjoy. Families can visit Washington Park from May 22-29, 2021 and walk “page by page” along a path reading the popular children’s story “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
“Building childhood literacy in Milwaukee is a central part of Next Door’s early childhood education work in the city,” said Jacquelyn Shanti, Next Door’s Books for Kids Program Manager. “We thank Milwaukee County Parks for allowing us to share StoryWalk® with Milwaukee and create excitement about reading in a safe, fun and family-friendly way.”
StoryWalk® was founded in 2007 by Ann Ferguson of Montpelier, VT with support from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. These special walks have popped up in all 50 states and 13 countries. Along with promoting childhood literacy, StoryWalk® aims to build physical activity and family time together in nature.
Next Door will install the pages of the “The Gruffalo” in Washington Park near the Urban Ecology Center. Guests are encouraged to enter the park off 40th Street and head towards the center to catch the path.
About Next Door
Next Door supports the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and the community. Next Door serves nearly 1,400 children a year, from birth to five years old, with two locations in Milwaukee’s central city and 11 early childhood partnership sites in the community. Through home- and center-based programs, Next Door strives to create a long-term foundation for success by closing the opportunity gap for children from under-resourced families. Next Door’s highly qualified team provides critical educational support during a child’s most important developmental years with a focus on academic achievement, building social-emotional skills, and helping children become better prepared for school. More information about Next Door at www.nextdoormke.org.