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Read Across Oklahoma

2024 Read Across Oklahoma

Download the Save the Date Flyer

Read Across Oklahoma, the state’s premiere literacy event for preschool and early grade children, will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. The 2023 event will featured the book The Forgetful Elephant by Kylan Mogg.

All Oklahoma schools are invited to participate in Read Across Oklahoma virtually, and a limited number of kindergarten classes will be invited as special guests to the live event. As special guests, classes will receive paid admission to the zoo where children will participate in a variety of activity stations, hear the author read his book, and visit the animal exhibits.

Schools interested in applying for kindergarten classes to attend should submit the application by January 11. View this flyer (PDF) for more information

2023 Read Across Oklahoma

If you couldn't make it in-person or just want to continue the fun, check out the video and virtual activities below!

The 2023 event was held Tuesday, April 11 at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The 2023 event featured the book That is a Hat by author and illustrator Betty Selakovich Casey. The day started off with a book giveaway for the first 1,500 kids. Attendees were invited to participate in a variety of interactive edu-tainment stations positioned around the zoo. The featured author read and performed for students at the Elephant Pavilion.

Storytime Video

Produced by the Oklahoma City Zoo, the 2023 Read Across Oklahoma video features entertaining story times with author Betty Selakovich Casey reading This is a Hat, interesting animal/zoo facts, and more! It all comes together to help encourage preschoolers and early grade schoolers to love reading... and animals. Watch it with your little ones and enjoy!

Virtual Activities

From MetroTech

From Capitol Hill High School

From RoadRunner Press


Printable Coloring Pages

From Metro Library System


Whether you participate in-person or virtually, you can download this certificate of participation and personalize it for your children, students or patrons.

2023 Sponsors

Oklahoma Department of Libraries • Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden • Institute of Museum and Library Services • Target • Tinker Federal Credit Union

Capitol Hill Graffix • Capitol Hill High School • Junior League Oklahoma City • Krueger Foundation • Metro Technology Centers • Metropolitan Library System • Northwest Classen High School • OETA • OKC Metro Literacy Coalition • Oklahoma City Public Schools • Oklahoma Complete Health • Oklahoma Literacy Coalition • Pizza Hut • Rotary Club of North Oklahoma City • Whiz Kids

2023 Event Pictures

Questions? Contact the Literacy Resource Office.

Last Modified on Dec 01, 2023