Reading with Reptiles

Story time at the Zoo

Reading with Reptiles

Read with Us

Don’t miss our fun and interactive story time series, Reading with Reptiles!

We host this special event every second Saturday of the month November through March! Story time starts at 11:00am and lasts about 30 minutes. Each story features an animal or two that we have at the zoo; afterwards, we’ll have an animal encounter, touch opportunity, or other hands-on experience for you to enjoy (scroll down for details on each date/book).

And while you’re here, don’t forget to tour the rest of the zoo and take in a live show!

Ticket Prices
$16 for ages 12 and up
$14 for ages 3 through 11
FREE for children 2 and under

Current Members: While these events are free for you to attend, seating is limited, so please call 570-538-1869 to reserve your tickets in advance.

BONUS: Attend all five for FREE!

A zoo membership offers many great benefits, including free admission to Reading with Reptiles! Purchase a family membership on your next visit and start enjoying the perks, like FREE story time!

Story time Selections

Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends | Reading with Reptiles: Story time at the Zoo | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends
by Mike Reiss

Two sworn enemies learn that they have more in common than meets the eye, and it’s never too late to make a new friend—even if it takes decades!

Animal encounter: Hang out with both turtles AND tortoises . . . ours have always been friends!

Alan's Big Scary Teeth | Reading with Reptiles: Story time at the Zoo | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Alan’s Big Scary Teeth
by Jarvis

A goofy and lonely denizen of the jungle has just one talent — scaring other creatures with his big, scary teeth! What would he do without them?

Animal encounterSee and touch one of our juvenile American alligators! 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

And the Bullfrogs Sing: A Life Cycle Begins
by David L. Harrison

Rumm . . . rumm . . . rumm. A male bullfrog sings. A female bullfrog likes his song. And a life cycle begins.

Animal encounter: Get an up-close look at our own American and African bullfrogs, two animals not normally seen within the zoo!

I Wanna Iguana | Reading with Reptiles: Story time at the Zoo | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Saturday, February 8, 2020

I Wanna Iguana
by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Alex just has to convince his mom to let him have an iguana, so he puts his arguments in writing.

(This one will be especially great for any families considering getting a reptile for a pet!)

Animal encounter: Meet (and touch) a Reptiland favorite, Gwangi the Cuban rock iguana!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Bird that Couldn’t Fly
by Raquel Arrechea

Quincy Quill is an adorable baby bird eager to chirp and ready to fly. But things aren’t happening as quickly as he would like. Will he learn to chirp? Is he ever going to be able to fly?

Animal encounter: Meet our very own great horned owl, Darwin, and learn why it is that he can’t fly. Then take a stroll through Parakeet Landing to experience hundreds of feathered friends who CAN fly!

Before & After Story Time

In addition to story time, you will also have access to the zoo all day! Come early and stay late to explore; with all of our exhibits and live shows, there’s plenty to see and do!

Join us for Reading with Reptiles, our story time series, and take advantage of our other exhibits and shows! | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland