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.

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, ages 5 and up, to wear a mask if the program is occurring in an indoor location. Due to the social distancing measures for both staff and animal safety, we are currently operating all programs as ‘No Touch’ experiences. There will also be no mammals used in programs until further notice.        

For questions please contact us at 616-336-4302

Lower Elementary


Emma's Eggs by Margriet Ruurs
A Little Bit of Winter by Paul Stewart
The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
The Tiny Tadpole by Judith Nichols
Turtle Time by Sandol Stoddard
Do Like a Duck Does by Ivan Bates
Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Virtual Programs Only:
Slip the Otter Finds a Home by Olena Kassian
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes



TFK Frogs! by TFK
Virtual Programs Only:
Owls by Gail Gibbons

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
Tenrec's Twigs by Bert Kitchen
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett
Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring
Cesar Takes a Break by Susan Collins Thoms
Verdi by Janell Cannon
The Hoppameleon by Paul Geraghty
Virtual Programs Only:
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


Starting Life: Frog by Claire Llewellyn
I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
Virtual Programs Only:
Owls by Sandra Markle