Downtown Madison StoryWalk®

Explore downtown Madison while practicing active reading with the whole family on the Downtown Madison StoryWalk®!

Madison’s Central Business Improvement District is excited to bring this safe, fun, and innovative reading program to our downtown community throughout the year.

Our StoryWalk® book is: “The Little Fire Truck” by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar

Learn about firefighters with us with this fun book!

How To StoryWalk®

To read the story in order, we recommend folks start at the Downtown Madison Visitor Center at 452 State St. Families will walk up State St from there and make their way around the Capitol Square to Madison Children's Museum, the final location of the story. The stops for the story are labeled in numerical order on the map below.

Having a StoryWalk® Adventure is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Head downtown and find the first page - located at:
  2. Read the pages with your little one.
  3. Find the next set of pages to continue the story.
  4. Repeat #4 until you reach the end!

There are 12 stops in total. It is all walkable, though, some friends way want to take breaks along the way. Luckily, there's many fun places to stop along the way and great options for lunch or snack too!

List of StoryWalk® Stops

Colectivo on the Square
Colectivo on State St
Fontana Sports
Hawk’s Bar and Grill
Ian’s Pizza
JD McCormick Properties – 508 State St
Madison Children’s Museum
Madison Public Library – Central Branch
Overture Center
SuperCharge Juice Bar
Taiwan Little Eats
Wisconsin Historical Museum

Downtown Madison StoryWalk® Map

Recommended Reads

This StoryWalk is in collaboration with the Dane County Fire Truck Parade held on 10/9. Learn more about that event here!

We are proud to partner with the Dane County Fire Chiefs and Madison Fire Department on the annual parade!

Looking to explore more books on the theme of firefighters and fire safety?

Check out these great books:

  • “No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons)” by Jean Pendziwol and illustrated by Martine Gourbault
  • “Fire Truck Dreams” by Sharon Chriscoe and illustrated by Dave Mottram
  • “Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete” by James Dean
  • “A Fire Truck Named Red” by Randall De Sève and illustrated by Bob Staake

Past StoryWalk® books include:

  • “Everybunny Dance!” words and illustrations by Ellie Sandall
  • “Halloween is Coming” words by Cal Everett, illustrated by Lenny Wen

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 owned by Ms. Ferguson. Learn more here

About Our Partner

Created in collaboration with Madison Reading Project! The Madison Reading Project connects our community with free books and literacy resources that ignite a love for reading and affirm and reflect the diversity of young readers. MRP recently partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library! This program is now available for all children age birth to five who reside in Dane County. You can register your children here so that they receive free books delivered to your home.


  • October 9: StoryWalk® posted in participating storefronts
  • November 9: StoryWalk® ends