Story Walk in the Park


Brought to you by: Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation and Pleasant Hill Public Library

Sponsored by: Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, Friends of Pleasant Hill Library, and Pleasant Hill Lions Club

Story Walk in the Park is a partnership with Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation and Library departments, with additional funding provided by Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, The Friends of Pleasant Hill Public Library, and Pleasant Hill Lion Club. The purpose of this project is to promote walking and social connectedness, to combine the benefits of physical activity, literacy, and environmental education.

Location: Copper Creek Lake Park, 4390 E University Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA

*The first sign is located across from the playground at Copper Creek Lake Park.

Total Distance: .4 miles

Look for a new story each month!

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May: Worm Weather by Jean Taft

skip and hop.

Splish, splash,
sidewalk dash!
It's worm weather!

Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids. 

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

June: Let’s Go on a Hike by Katrina Liu 

Looking for fun? Consider it done! Let's all go on a hike! Spend some time outdoors which I'm sure you will like! A family adventure with so much to explore... Lots of fun in the sun, you can't ask for much more! With some rhyming and hiking, there's no end to exploring! Let's go on a hike is a sweet rhyming story all about family and appreciating nature, trails, and the outdoors. 

Lets Go on a Hike by Katrina Liu

July: Summer Color by Diana Murray

A celebration of the wonder and colors of every child's favorite season--summer!

In this celebration of the outdoors, two rambunctious children take off on an adventure from their own backyard. In each new scene they discover the wondrous details--and beautiful colors--of nature. Even when a little summer rain threatens to dampen their grand adventure, the fun continues as woodland scenes come to life in a whole new way. 

Summer Color by Diana Murray

August: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

September: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

Clifford has a good heart, but whenever he tries to BE RESPONSIBLE and do good deeds for others, they always seem to backfire. In the end, he manages to save two children from a burning house, and then put out the fire. Finally, Clifford is a hero! 

Cliffords Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

October: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

"I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
A donkey,
Hee Haw!
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey."

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book's final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith