Read Across Oklahoma

Read Across Oklahoma is a special reading event directed at young children and held each year to celebrate literacy and encourage reading.

Wordy BirdyMark your calendar for April 7 and join the celebration at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The 2020 theme, Wordy Wise, is inspired by Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer’s book Wordy Birdy. Children will delight in this tale of a very chatty bird who learns the importance of listening and discovers that good friends stick with you through thick and thin.

The zoo event will feature special activity stations and performances throughout the zoo, and the first 2,000 children through the gate will receive a free book.


Children's band, Spaghetti Eddie and author Hannah Harrison

Last year, more than 5,500 children and parents celebrated the 13th annual Read Across Oklahoma event, at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Oklahoma Department of Libraries provided children with free books to encourage family reading!  Volunteers set up fun activities for the children including making banks and storytelling bracelets, receiving temporary tattoos, playing literacy games, reading books at story-time stations, dancing to children’s music performed by Spaghetti Eddie, and watching a very special reading of Friends Stick Together, by Oklahoma author and illustrator, Hannah E. Harrison!

View more photos from the 2019 Read Across Oklahoma on Flickr.