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.  

Program fees are $60 per program plus an additional $1.00 per mile travel fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) and $30 for each additional, consecutive program on the same day. 

For questions please contact us at 616-336-4302

Lower Elementary


I'm Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
Emma's Eggs by Margriet Ruurs
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart
The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
The Tiny Tadpole by Judith Nichols
Turtle Time by Sandol Stoddard
A Snake in the House by Faith McNulty
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved by Diane Lang



Owls by Gail Gibbons
Night Creepers by Linda Stanek
TFK Frogs! by TFK
Fun Facts about Salamanders by Carmen Bredeson

Upper Elementary 


Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
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
Tenrec's Twigs by Bert Kitchen
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring
Mossy by Jan Brett
Turtle Crossing by Rick Chrustowski
Cesar Takes a Break by Susan Collins Thoms
Verdi by Janell Cannon
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer


Owls by Sandra Markle
Starting Life: Frog by Claire Llewellyn
Fun Facts about Salamanders by Sue Malyan