Read for Free Aquarium Admission This Winter

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There’s still time to join the school (of fish!) with Read to Reef, a program helping connect Baltimore children’s love of reading with the awesomeness of the depths.

Reed to Reef is a program created by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with the National Aquarium. Children in fifth grade and younger can visit any Enoch Pratt Free Library through Oct. 31 and receive a free bookmark while supplies last.

After the children read any five conservation-themed books, the child’s family can use the code on the bookmark to make a reservation for free admission for up to four guests to the aquarium through January 2024.

“It’s a chance to create lasting memories, inspire curiosity and nurture a love for our aquatic world through reading,” says Sarah Doccolo, the aquarium’s community programs manager, in a news release.

The books can come from the recommended Read to Reef booklist, curated by librarians and aquarium educators. It includes books perfect for kids of all ages and reading levels.

The program first ran in 2016 and has since built up a legacy of more than 90,000 books read. This year, Read to Reef hosted one of its featured authors, Stephen Bramucci. Bramucci released “Race for the Ruby Turtle” this year.

“Race for the Ruby Turtle” follows Jake Rizzi and a new friend, Mia, as they race to find a strange turtle with a ruby-colored shell. This book is best for kids 8 to 11 years of age.

Read to Reef has also included some special guests, such as the aquarium’s rehabilitation manager, Caitlin Bovery, who spoke at Enoch’s Govans Branch on Oct. 16. She taught children about the aquarium’s turtle rescue and rehabilitation efforts.

Parents can learn more about the program online at or


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