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1927 Map of the Arboretum


Grid of Children's Book Covers

What if you knew that there was a great way to share nature and literacy with your children while getting in a wonderful walk? That’s the whole idea behind StoryWalks. At the Arnold Arboretum, we offer opportunities to enjoy the landscape, learn about nature, read together, and do a little hiking, which all contribute to family bonding. Each month we set out a seasonal story about nature by using children’s picture books with beautiful illustrations and kid-friendly language. The StoryWalks migrate weekly through locations just inside several of the most traveled gates in the Arboretum.

This month, check out Dot and Jabber & the Great Acorn Mystery, written and illustrated by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Find it at the following locations:

  • 10/27–11/2: At the intersection of Peters Hill Road and Poplar Road (near Poplar Gate)
  • 11/3–11/9: At the intersection of Valley Road and Hemlock Hill Road (near the Rhododendron Dell)
  • 11/10–11/16: At the intersection of Bussey Hill Road and Valley Road (near the Centre Street Gate)
  • 11/17–11/23: At the intersection of Meadow Road and Bussey Hill Road (at the ponds)
  • 11/24–11/30: By the Hunnewell Visitor Center on Meadow Road (125 Arborway)

Our books include:

  • Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
  • The Longest Night by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ted Lewin
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
  • Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
  • Wild Birds by Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas
  • Flowers Are Calling by Rita Grey, illustrated by Kenard Pak
  • Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
  • On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bob Marstall
  • My Awesome Summer by Paul Meisel
  • My Forest is Green by Darren LeBouef, illustrated by Ashley Barron
  • Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schafer, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
  • Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell