Story Trail

Large Story Trail Open Sign

Story Trail 

Story Trail is an outdoor reading experience where the pages of a children's book are laminated and displayed on posts, which are installed along a path in an outdoor location.  It combines three important elements of family health: early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity. Stories are selected for colorful illustrations, limited text, and the inclusion of movement. Themes include: nature, outdoor sports, family and animals and are changed out quarterly. Story Trail is made possible through generous donations from McCall Homes and Billings Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Fortin Foundation and Nick and Linda Cladis.

Story Trail Location:


Josephine Crossing Outdoor Amphitheater

Front Street & Lost Creek Road, Billings

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Current Book:

Over and Under the Snow 

by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.


Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter safe and warm under the snow.

Extension Activities

Have you visited this story? Let us know your thoughts here.

Over and Under Book Cover

Previous Books:

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn 

by Kenard Pak


As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change colors, everyone knows autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says goodbye to summer and welcomes autumn. 

Extension Activities

Have you visited this story? Let us know your thoughts here.

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn Book Cover

Under My Tree

by Muriel Tallandier and 

illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa


When Susanne leaves her city home to visit her grandmother, she finds a very special tree of her own in the forest. Each time she returns to the tree, she observes something unique about it--from the sheltering protection of its branches to the scratchy surface of its bark.

Extension Activities

Have you visited this story? Let us know your thoughts here?

Under the Tree Book Cover

Story Trail is made possible through generous donations from McCall Homes and Billings Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Fortin Foundation and Nick and Linda Cladis. Thank you for your support!

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