StoryWalk: Whistle for Willie

New Lots Library

At select Brooklyn Public Library locations, we are posting StoryWalks® outdoors! StoryWalks® are picture books displayed outside to encourage reading and walking. We will be posting them on fences and on yard signs at select libraries and partner sites. Each book has prompts to encourage family discussion and interaction!

At New Lots Library, Whistle for Willie by East New York native son Ezra Jack Keats (Viking Press, 1964) is currently on display. For Peter, learning to whistle means being able to call his dog, Willie, and being a bit closer to those two magic words: grown up. You can see a pop-up version of this StoryWalk® at Central Library! 

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Activities for Families 

  • Take a dog walk -- walk around your neighborhood and count how many dogs you see.
  • Draw a picture of a dog using sidewalk chalk. The next day, see if the drawing is still there! Or, when you get home, use crayons and paper to draw one of the dogs you saw on your walk. 
  • Bring your dog on a walk and read to them under a tree or sitting on a bench. Don't forget to bring some water in case you both get thirsty. Don't have a pet dog? Bring your favorite stuffie! 
  • Can you whistle? Whistle a tune and see if your child can repeat it. If you can't whistle, sing "la la la" to a favorite tune. 

Preview the Exhibit


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.  

Support for BPL’s StoryWalk® program is funded by The New York City Council City’s First Readers initiative.