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Local Children, Parents Rave About 'Book Walk'


"We had an amazing time!"

"This is the first time my son has EVER kept focused on an entire book!"

"When is the next one!??"

These are just a few of the comments overheard at the second "Book Walk" in the county, presented by the Cheatham County Literacy Council and Cheatham County Schools. 

On October 3, nearly 200 people enjoyed walking the path through the book Hallo-wiener, by Dave Pilkey. In the book, Oscar is teased by the other dogs because of his size and shape. But at the end of the story, Oscar's unselfish actions earn him a new nickname from his new friends.   

In case you missed these first two Book Walks, pages of a featured book are posted on separate boards along a sequential path in an outdoor area. Families move from board to board to read the entire book, answering comprehension questions along the way. At each question post, volunteers hand out tokens representing part of the story. Free books and snacks are provided at the end of the activity.

The October 3 Book Walk was held at the beautiful John C. "Preacher" Poole Walking Track in Ashland City. The beautiful fall morning was perfect for the many families who enjoyed a little exercise, family bonding time, and a great book!  

"Our next Book Walk will be November 7 from 10:00 am-12:00 noon at the West Cheatham Elementary Walking Track," said Tammy Retchless, Chair of the Cheatham County Literacy Council. "A fun Thanksgiving book, Turk and Runt, will be featured."

If you are interested in joining the Cheatham County Literacy Council, you can get information at the Literacy Association of Tennessee site -


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