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Read Across America

Our annual Read Across America event is happening on Saturday, March 2nd from 11am to 2pm!

This event is perfect for kids of all ages, and is free to attend with admission! Join us for animal greets, live readings in English and Spanish, a book fair, a special character appearance from Super Why (see below), and a live appearance from 12-1:15pm from Jerry Spinelli, acclaimed author of “Maniac Magee” and “Stargirl”!

Participate in our book drive!

We’re collecting gently-used books now through March 8, 2019 to benefit RSVP. Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines.

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.