John Ball Zoo

    March is Reading Month!

    Making reading wildly fun! This unique Travel Zoo will bring a zoo educator into your classroom to read a selected book and then share one of the zoo's ambassador animals with your students. This program is meant for individual classes so that students can experience an up-close encounter with an animal. Please indicate your top two choices of books when submitting your registration form. The zoo will supply the book and one ambassador animal matched as closely to the animal(s) featured in the book as possible. Program lengths vary depending on book and age of students but are typically 25-45 minutes. We are able to facilitate this program either in person at your facility or virtually.


    2022 Pricing: Program fees are $60 per program and $30 for each additional, consecutive program on the same day, plus an additional $1.00 per mile travel fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) for programs that are held in person.


    COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants to wear a mask indoors while onsite at the zoo. When visiting your school/organization, participants are asked to follow any/all guidelines set by the facility. John Ball Zoo staff will be following guidelines set forth by the zoo in regards to their own masking and social distancing. Guidelines may be in place for specific ambassador animals that require social distancing and/or masking, if so, zoo staff will share these ahead of time.      


    For questions please contact us at 616-336-4302


    Lower Elementary


    Emma's Eggs by Margriet Ruurs
    The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
    The Tiny Tadpole by Judith Nichols
    Turtle Time by Sandol Stoddard
    An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
    Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
    Slithery Jake by Rose-Marie Provencher
    Virtual Programs Only:
    Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
    Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
    I'm Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
    My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
    A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart



    Great Snakes by Fay Robinson
    Frogs by Wildlife Education
    Turtles Take Their Time by Allan Fowler
    Virtual Programs Only:
    Owls by Gail Gibbons
    Night Creepers by Linda Stanek

    Upper Elementary 


    Were You a Wild Duck, Where Would You Go? by George Mendoza
    Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
    Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
    Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring
    Cesar Takes a Break by Susan Collins Thoms
    Verdi by Janell Cannon
    The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
    Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
    An Interview With Harry Tarantula by Leigh Ann Tyson
    Virtual Programs Only:
    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
    Tenrec's Twigs by Bert Kitchen
    Smudge by John A. Rowe
    Henry Possum by Harold Berson


    Starting Life: Frog by Claire Llewellyn
    Spiders by Nic Bishop
    Awesome Amphibians by Jeff Bauer
    Why Do Snakes Hiss? by Joan Holub
    Look Out for Turtles by Melvin Berger
    Virtual Programs Only:
    Owls by Sandra Markle
    What is a Marsupial? by Bobbie Kalman


    *if owls are unavailable, other raptors may be used in their place