A Story of Hope

A Story of Hope

Storybook Farm is where children find healing magic in literature, horses, and love. Soon, they’ll be expanding the good they spread through a new program featuring dogs.

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When Dena Little retired from her successful bakery in Atlanta in 2001, she moved her family to Opelika to make a home. It was here she began to feel a new sort of calling: equine-assisted therapy. This calling brought together three of her great loves: literature, horses, and children. It was then Storybook Farm came to be.

“Everyone’s equal on the back of a horse. It doesn’t matter what has brought you to Storybook.”

Dena Little

founder and executive director of Storybook Farm

Now, Storybook Farm has grown to 51 acres and 15 service stalls with more than 1,500 children participating each year. Through fundraising and a little help from the Alabama Power Foundation, Storybook has been able to meet increased demand and even add programs. The newest addition is a 2-acre canine area called the Fox and Hound Playground where children can play and read with the dogs. Even with rapid growth, Storybook continues to be a place where children and families can go to experience magic.

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