Read Across Oklahoma

READ ACROSS OKLAHOMA

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Read Across Oklahoma, the state’s premiere literacy event for preschool and early grade children, is held annually in April. The day starts with a free book giveaway at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. A variety of edu-tainment stations are positioned throughout the zoo.

The 2022 Read Across Oklahoma event was held on April 12, 2022, and featured performances throughout the morning by author Dennis Mathew. He lead an interactive singalong and read his book, My Wild First Day of School, to an energetic audience at the Sea Lion Presentation Stadium.

If you were unable to attend or just want to keep the fun going, we have included some fun virtual activities below. Be sure to watch the video!

Read Across Oklahoma Video

The 2022 Read Across Oklahoma video features entertaining story times, author Dennis Mathew reading My Wild First Day of School, fun sing-a-along songs, our favorite zoo animals, and interesting animal facts! It all comes together to help encourage preschoolers and early grade schoolers to love reading... and animals.

Produced by the Oklahoma City Zoo with appearances by zoo staff, staff from the Metropolitan Library System, Target employees, staff from Simply Country Ranch, and author Dennis Mathew.

Download the Lyrics and printable Animal Images that go along with the video.
Handouts provided by Metropolitan Library System.

More Online Activities

Coloring Sheets

DIY Storytimes from Metro Library System

(PDFs with links)

Promotional Items

Extras

Pictures from the 2022 Event

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Sponsors

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Krueger Foundation • Pizza Hut • Rotary Club of North Oklahoma City • Junior League of Oklahoma City • Metro Technology Centers
Capitol Hill High School • Northwest Classen High School • OKC Metro Literacy Coalition • Oklahoma Literacy Coalition

View information about last year's event.