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Join us for the summer edition of our outdoor, interactive storytelling experience, featuring 

Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall. 


“This simple and sincere tale of working up courage to face fears makes quite a splash.” — Kirkus Reviews 


Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Start at Middleton Public Library to pick up a map and a free copy of the book (for the first 500 kids).

Follow the marked route to visit 22 stops around Downtown Middleton, each featuring an illustrated poster with a page from the book. 


About the author

Gaia Cornwall is an illustrator who loves making patterns for surface design. Her work can be seen in magazines, in logos, on various products, and even in movies. Jabari Jumps is her first picture book. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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What is a StoryWalk®?

A StoryWalk® allows families to follow a book, page by page, by visiting stops throughout Downtown Middleton. Each numbered stop will have an illustrated poster featuring a page from the book.  This is Middleton’s tenth StoryWalk®.


Some children will even receive their own copy of the book, while supplies last. “Thanks to the Friends of the Middleton Public Library, we are able to offer a free book to the first 500 kids who stop by the Middleton Public Library and pick up their StoryWalk® map," said Katie Ganser, head of youth services at Middleton Public Library.

Want to support the library’s next StoryWalk®?

If interested in donating toward the next StoryWalk®’s activities and book giveaways, please reach out to the Middleton Public Library at Not all StoryWalks® can afford to provide free books to children and donations to the program help make this possible.

StoryWalk® is presented by Middleton Public Library, Downtown Middleton Business Association and Friends of the Middleton Public Library. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

StoryWalk® is a registered service mark.

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