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Traveling Zoo Tales

PreK - 8th Grade

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program

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

These 30 minute book talks focus on specially chosen books from the Sunshine Young Reader’s Award Program. 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! We will bring Animal Ambassadors to visit your students and share a fun and interactive discussion about the book.

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

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd grade / 3rd – 5th grade / 6th – 8th grade

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.)

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


Sunshine State Young Readers Award Junior Program 2023-2024:

Book choice Pre-K – 2nd grade:

  • Bug on the Rug by Sophia Gholz
  • Maybe… by Chris Haughton
  • Not That Pet by Smriti Prasadam-Hall


Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program 2023-2024:   

Book choice 3rd-5th grade:

  • Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi
  • Bedhead Ted by Scott SanGiacomo

Book choice 6th-8th grade:

  • The Monster Missions by Laura Martin
  • Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz



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