Traveling Zoo Tales

PreK - 8th Grade

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program and Florida Reading Association Book Talks

Inspire your students to read with a fun visit from the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!

Program Description

These 30-minute book talks focus on specially chosen books from the SSYRA and FRA.  Traveling Zoo Tales will inspire your students to read, to explore, to dream of extraordinary things, and to connect to your already established reading program. An education staff member with an animal ambassador will visit your students and share an interactive discussion about the book.

Time: 30 minutes per program / Maximum of three back-to-back programs per day.

Grades: PreK – 2nd grade / 3rd – 5th / 6th – 8th

Group size: Up to approximately 60 students per program.

Cost: $175 for the first program and $50 for each consecutive program at the same location on the same day. ($25 extended distance fee for schools over 30 miles from the Zoo.)


Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program 2018 – 2019:

Book Choice 3rd –  5th grade: Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Book Choice 6th – 8th grade: Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park


Florida Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award Nomination 2018 – 2019:

Book Choice PreK – 2nd Grade: Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman & Andy Elkerton


Reservations: Required at least two weeks in advance. Please call 407.323.4450 ext. 125 or email for more information and reservations.


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