What could be more fun than reading while spending time in nature? Bring your children, grandchildren, or just yourself to the Granite Island Trail and enjoy a family-friendly hike down to the shores of the Basin, while enjoying a favorite oversized picture book for children.
This collaborative effort between Vinalhaven Land Trust and Vinalhaven Reads (a group formed to help raise the reading and literacy skills of students at Vinalhaven School), will change the book three times a year. As one walks the trail, a new page comes into view, magically affixed to a moss covered rock, coming to a perfect conclusion as you and your companions reach the shoreline.
Story Trail opened with The Little Island, which was written by long-time summer resident Margaret Wise Brown. A sweet story about the experiences of a little island (Vinalhaven!) Followed by Little Beaver and the Echo, by current summer resident, Amy McDonald.
It’s hard to beat: fostering a love of reading and encouraging children and their caregivers to spend time in nature. What will be next? You’ll have to visit to find out…
Right now you can read, Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. It was published in 1963 and received the Caldecott Metal in 1964. The story follows a young boy, Max who dresses in a wolf costume, much to the dismay of his family. After being sent to bed without his supper, Max's room is transformed into a jungle where wild beasts roam. After managing to intimidate the beasts, he enjoys playing with his subjects.Eventually he gets lonely and decides to return home where a hot supper is waiting for him.
Written by Margaret Wise Brown. illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. Published in 1946, it describes the four seasons as experienced by a little island.
By Amy McDonald. Illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies, published in 1990. Little Beaver's search for a friend he thinks he hears across a pond is perfect for every child who's ever felt lonely
Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, published in 1982. Miss Rumphius is about a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful by planting lupines in the wild. It was inspired by the real life "Lupine Lady," Hilda Hamlin, who spread lupine seeds along the Maine coast.
By Chris Van Dusen, from Camden, Maine. Published in 2000. The story of a man and his dog who set off for a relaxing day on their boat but find themselves in the midst of a whale of an adventure.
By Robert McCloskey, published in 1948. Set in Maine, the story of a girl and her mother picking blueberries to can for the winter, while a bear cub and his mother are picking blueberries nearby. Sal becomes so involved in her picking, she doesn't notice that she's following the wrong mother, an equally startled mother bear!
By Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr, published in 1987. Owl Moon is about a father that takes his daughter owling for the first time on a cold winter's night. Along their way, they encounter a great horned owl!
By Anne Mazer, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Published in 1991. A boy finds a salamander in the woods and imagines the many things he can do to turn his room into a perfect salamander home.
By Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams. Published in 1948. There was once a little raccoon who wanted to go out in the night -- to know an owl, to see if the moon is a rabbit, and to find out how dark is the dark. But his mother said, "Wait. Wait till the moon is full." So the little raccoon waited and wondered, while the moon got bigger and bigger and bigger. Until at last, on a very special evening, the moon was full.
In the winter of 2018-2019, Vinalhaven School students in grades 2 and 3 displayed their beautiful paintings. Some welcome color on the trail this winter!
Last fall was a perfect time for mushrooms! These were not the edible kind...sculptures from Vinalhaven School students in grades K - 5.