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June 27th, 2021

Good Dog, Great Listeners StoryWalk at the Story Barn!

Headshot: Laura Shulman Cordeira
Laura Shulman Cordeira

Add nature, a babbling brook and a tree swing to your child’s summer reading! This July 12-17, 2021, bring them to The Story Barn in Somers, CT for a free StoryWalk of the children’s book Good Dogs, Great Listeners: The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Litter.


The book, written by Frieda B. author Renata Bowers along with Joel And JoAnn Bacon, tells the story of Charlotte, an adventurous girl with a big imagination who loves, loves, loves dogs… and hates to read. Story Walk participants will see a delightful (and pro-reading!) storyline unfold as they read the large easy-to-view pages, posted along a peaceful self-led nature trail at The Story Barn. The walk includes a pond, wooded trail, brook, and resident red metal chicken named Wanda.


The Story Barn is home to the Frieda B. series of picture books. Co-Owners Renata Bowers and Paula LaJoie and their families are happy to work with Joel and JoAnn Bacon, publishers of Good Dogs, Great Listeners to bring this StoryWalk to life.  Guests will have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Good Dogs, Great Listeners as well as any of Renata’s Frieda B. books, learn more about the Charlotte Helen Bacon Foundation, tour The Story Barn, and relax/play on the expansive front lawn, complete with a water fountain and tree swing.


The free StoryWalk will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, July 12-17, from 10am-3pm each day. The Story Barn is located at 952 Main Street in Somers, CT. Questions can be directed to 860.763.0330 or Learn more about Frieda B. and The Story Barn at

  • We have created a discussion guide for you to use to engage with your child and spark their imagination.
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About Good Dogs, Great Listeners – The Story of Charlotte, Lily and the Litter©

An endearing children’s book that captures important themes such as friendship, loyalty, imagination, and being a good listener. Special attention is given to the human-canine relationship and literacy. Summary of the book: “Charlotte has the pesky habit of abandoning a book in favor of a distraction. Paired with her dogs and her bold imagination, that distraction has a way of turning into a grand adventure. But when her dog, Lily, gets hurt on one of their adventures, Charlotte relies on her imagination and heart to find a way to love Lily back to health … and discovers a love for reading along the way.”


About StoryWalk®

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path or streetscape. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries. StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.


Headshot: Laura Shulman Cordeira

Laura Shulman Cordeira

Laura has dedicated her career to supporting people at difficult times in their lives. While serving as the Director of Volunteer Services at a local hospice agency, Laura met Dan & Lindie Bacon, who regaled her with stories of Charlotte and introduced her to the foundation.