Wild About Reading


Become a Book Worm at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens during the month of September


Book it to SF Zoo during the month of September for literary adventures featuring your favorite animals!  Throughout the month, we’re encouraging reading by featuring stories about bears, insects and wolves. San Francisco Public Library is joining in the fun by sending out its BookMobile on Wednesday, September 7, which is SF resident FREE day, and Saturday, September 24.  During three weekends of the month, we’ll deploy our “Storytime Station” twice a day and invite guests to sit down and enjoy an animal-themed story read by authors, volunteers and staff members.  Don’t forget to check out our main gift shop to browse and pick-up your favorite books! 

On Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, SF Zoo is excited to welcome the author of the children's book, Journey, Emma Bland Smith. The Bay Area resident will be doing two book readings each day and signing copies of her book, available for purchase exclusively on site at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens this weekend only. Journey, which releases October 11, tells the story of a young gray wolf who garnered nationwide attention when he became the first wild wolf in California in nearly a century. Using facts recorded by Fish & Wildlife scientists, the author imagines the wolf's experiences in close detail as he makes an epic 2,000-mile trek over three years time. 


September 24-25 

10:00 – 3:00 Come check out animal-inspired literature from BookMobile at the Sculpture Learning Plaza (Saturday only)

11:00 Journey reading and book-signing by Bay Area author Emma Bland Smith at Wolf Canyon

1:30 Journey reading and book-signing by Bay Area author Emma Bland Smith at Wolf Canyon

*Books available for purchase at the readings near Wolf Canyon and in SF Zoo's main Gift Shop 

For another great place to get comfortable with a book, be sure to check out our new Caterpillar Corner inside the Insect Zoo!  Caterpillar Corner was designed to connect with younger children at the Insect Zoo.  It’s a quiet place for families to bond over the wonderful world of arthropods; whether it’s with a nice bug book, watching a great bug video, or learning about native caterpillars.  There’s a numbered key to discover which local caterpillar turns into which respective moth or butterfly, a metamorphosis tabletop chart, and pop-up facts for children.  Visit soon and ask lots of questions about arthropods!

Dates and times subject to change. More details coming soon!