read across america

Read Across America Features Author Jerry Spinelli

Author Jerry Spinelli and a host of other special guests will help Elmwood Park Zoo celebrate their annual Read Across America event on Saturday, March 2, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Read Across America is an event organized by the National Education Association. It celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss by encouraging children and young adults to read.

The zoo’s celebration features Mr. Spinelli, a Norristown native and acclaimed author of “Maniac Magee” and “Stargirl.” He will be greeting guests and signing books in the zoo’s Canopy Gardens Hall.

Additional special guests will include members of RSVP, a King of Prussia-based organization that supports communities through volunteerism. They will be reading popular English and Spanish language children’s stories.

Popular PBS Kids character Super Why will be greeting guests, courtesy of his friends from the WHYY Kids Club.

In addition to the special guest appearances, Read Across America will also feature a book fair, live animal greets, and a used book drive that benefits RSVP. Read Across America is a free to attend event after purchasing regular zoo admission.

Read Across America

Our annual celebration that focuses on the joys of reading is back on Sunday, March 5, from 12 pm to 4 pm! Read Across America is a nationally-celebrated event that aims to motivate reading among children of all ages. Join us at the Centre Theater in Norristown, PA for an afternoon of celebrating literature. Our event at the Theater will feature a book fair and highlight local authors, book companies, and publishers. See the full schedule below:


12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Book Company – Literacy Council Of Norristown

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM – Author – William Konstant – Wrestles With Wolves: Saving the World One Species at a Time

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Publisher – Philadelphia-based Archimedes’ Printing Shoppe

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Author – Lydia Cohn – The Story of the Can’t that Could

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Author – Mercy Mize– Samson’s Tail



Read Across America is free to attend. No registration is required.

This event will held inside of the Charles L. Blockson Exhibit, located at the Center Theater,
208 DeKalb Street in Norristown.