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Read Across America

Our annual celebration that focuses on the joys of reading returns Sunday, February 28, from 11 am to 2 pm. Read Across America is a nationally-celebrated event that aims to motivate reading among children of all ages. In addition to a selection of books available for purchase in our Book Fair, this year’s event festivities include an animal greet, a keeper chat, and meeting local authors! Enjoy a live chat with Jeanne Helmar and a recorded interview with Jerry Spinelli!

11:00 AM – Books & Beasts
This special storytime reading by a Zoo Educator also features an appearance by one of the zoo’s live animal ambassadors!

11:30 AM – Marshall Appearance
Meet everyone’s favorite Dalmatian pup, Marshall from Paw Patrol!

12:00 PM – Jeanne Helmar Author Chat
Jeanne Helmar, author of children’s novel How to Ship a Giraffe will be making an appearance to discuss the writing process and greet guests.

1:00 PM – Books & Beasts
This special storytime reading by a Zoo Educator also features an appearance by one of the zoo’s live animal ambassadors!

1:30 PM – Marshall Appearance
Meet everyone’s favorite Dalmatian pup, Marshall from Paw Patrol!

 

Elmwood Park Zoo’s Read Across America is free to attend with regular zoo admission.
Purchase Zoo Admission Here

 

 

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.