Message from the community: Milwaukee’s first StoryWalk® arrives in Washington Park May 22-29

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Next Door is teaming up with Milwaukee County Parks to present the city’s first StoryWalk® for our community to enjoy. Families can visit Washington Park 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.

“Strengthening children’s 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 build enthusiasm for 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 been launched in all 50 states and 13 countries. In addition to promoting children’s literacy, StoryWalk® aims to develop 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 from 40e Street and head to 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 to be successful in school and in the community. Next Door serves nearly 1,400 children per year, from birth to age five, with two locations in central Milwaukee and 11 early years partnership sites in the community. Through home and in-center programs, Next Door strives to create a long-term foundation for success by bridging the opportunity gap for children from underfunded families. Next Door’s highly trained team provide essential educational support during a child’s most important developmental years, with a focus on academic success, building socio-emotional skills, and helping to better prepare children at school. More information about Next Door on

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