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Ambler Arboretum EarthFest:

Read Across America

Welcome to the Ambler Arboretum EarthFest celebration of Read Across America!

Read Across America was initiated 16 years ago by the National Education Association (NEA). It is a celebration of reading intended to engage readers through books that will make them “feel included, recognized and a part of the world.”

This year, we are excited to take part in Read Across America by sharing stories that have inspired us and that help tell the tale of gardening through diverse perspectives. Through stories, we hope to inspire young, new gardeners to bloom!

Hopefully, you will connect with one — or maybe even all — of the books we’ve chosen to highlight! Maybe you’ll even find that you can see yourself in one of them. Either way, we hope you will join us in celebrating the gifts of reading and horticulture alike!

For Read Across America, we invite you to join Ambler Arboretum EarthFest in discovering:

Author Read-alongs

Come with us as we share videos of some of our author friends reading the delightful stories they have created! Visit here to read along!

Our Favorite Books

What is your favorite book growing up and even today? We tried to answer that question and the answers may surprise you. Hint: We have a whole lot of favorites! Visit here and scroll down to discover them!

More Book Recommendations

Here are plenty of additional recommendations from our Arboretum staff members and friends of the Ambler Arboretum. We have selected books that will engage readers of all ages! Not only that, these books have inspired us and help shed light on the world of horticulture. We have included several wonderful books that were written by local authors! Visit here for more recommendations!

Downloadable Activities

We have some great activities for you to download to accompany some of our recommended reads! We have included an activity for readers in grades Pre-K to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. Download them and give them a try at home or visit us at the Ambler Arboretum to complete them as a family. Admission is free and we are open daily from dawn to dusk! Visit here to download the activities!

Reading Resources

Looking for a new spot to read? Don’t know where to get started? We can help point you in the right direction with some local reading resources at your fingertips. Visit here to discover new resources!

More to Explore

Let your visit here for Read Across America be just the beginning of your journey with Ambler Arboretum and Temple Ambler EarthFest! EarthFest and the Arboretum are hosting several family-friendly upcoming workshops and events throughout the spring! Join us for Green Career Week, World Water Day. Tapping the Sap and more! We look forward to seeing you on campus soon! Visit here for more information about upcoming events!