Below are some examples of what we did with StoryWalks®, available for you to download. The first one is a sample of the introduction pages we use at the beginning of our StoryWalks. The other two are templates we used to make the StoryWalks themselves.
StoryWalk Intro Page - Watauga County version
StoryWalk Template - Large (22"x28")
StoryWalk Template - Medium (18"x24")
To start with, you will need three copies of any StoryWalk title. Two copies are needed to cut pages out of for the StoryWalk. The third is needed to keep track of the page order, as picture books usually do not contain page numbers. The third copy is also useful for replacing a StoryWalk page that has been damaged or has gone missing. If you need to save money, wish to get further use out of this third copy, or want to use a copy already in the system, catalog it as a non-circulating storytime book, or whatever equivalent status your library uses.
For cutting the books up, we use a cutting mat, a metal ruler (ours is 18" long) and an X-Acto knife. Measure to make sure the top of the page and the inside edge of the two page spread are exactly perpendicular. Book pages usually are not perfect parallelograms, so this will make it easier to glue the pages next to each other. The artwork will not line up perfectly even if you have made exact cuts, as the art is designed to be viewed in a bound book. This is not an issue when you look at a StoryWalk poster from a normal viewing distance, so focus on lining the pages up evenly.
For printing our StoryWalk posters, we used the HP DesignJet T120 ePrinter. Click the following link for the data sheet for this printer.