Reading with Reptiles

Story time at the Zoo

Kids enjoying story time at Reading with Reptiles event

Read with Us

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

We host this special event the first Saturday of the month, December 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 as well as a fun activity to take home! (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!

Tickets  (general admission included)
$20 for ages 12 and up
$16 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 four 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!

NEW: Virtual Admission Available!

Can’t make it to the zoo but still want to read the story along with our keepers? No problem! We’re now offering virtual admission tickets to Reading with Reptiles!

Whether it’s physical distance or seasonal illness that may keep you from attending in-person, we’re happy to provide another way to take part in this fun event! We acknowledge that attending virtually is not the same as visiting the zoo, so we’re offering this alternative for only $5 per household/screen.

We want everyone to join us in-person for this fun story time series, but in case something prevents that from happening, we hope you take advantage of this virtual offering!

Story time Selections

Book cover image - Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator
by Emma Bland Smith

Claude is a real white alligator who resides at the California Academy of Science. Listen to our keepers read all about his 25-year journey to his forever home . . . and learn some fascinating facts about white alligators along the way.

And the best part is, you can see a real white alligator right here at our zoo!

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

Saturday, January 7, 2023

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!)

Book cover image - Who Wants a Tortoise?

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Who Wants a Tortoise?
by Dave Keane

When the spunky, loveable narrator receives a tortoise for her birthday, instead of the cuddly puppy she’s longed for her entire life, she’s more than a little disappointed. But when her pet goes missing, all she wants is to be reunited with her new best friend.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

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?

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!

young boy looking at tortoise habitat | Reading with Reptiles at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland