How To Bring A Storybook Trail To Your Community

Through our Storybook Trail program, we partner with Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, city parks and outdoor areas to create enriching outdoor reading experiences for children and families to connect literacy with a fun, physical activity. Our role is to amplify the Storybook Trail program by providing partners with potential grant funding, best practices for launching the trail, securing book permissions and engaging the community. In expanding this program, we do have branding guidelines and requirements for marketing and reporting outcomes. Guidelines will be outlined in a grant agreement and signed by all parties. The local partner will be held responsible for production of the trail and coordination with park staff. Below are links to the Storybook Trail Handbook and our Storybook Trail grant application.

“Becoming a Storybook Trailblazer” Handbook

The “Becoming a Storybook Trail Handbook” is a guide to walk you through building a Storybook Trail in your community. This document outlines FAQs, best practices and tips to launch a Storybook Trail.

Storybook Trail Grant Application

Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation offers a Storybook Trail Grant to provide community partners with a funding opportunity to create an enriching outdoor reading experience for families to enjoy. This grant can be used to help fund the construction of a new, permanent Storybook Trail in a public space in Tennessee. Interested in applying? To learn more, click on the link below.

If you are interested in bringing a Storybook Trail to a Tennessee State Park, please contact the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy at

For more information on the program and parks, please contact