Zoos Victoria School Readers

Discover the science of Victoria’s wildlife through illustrated stories written for Foundation–Year 2.

Program description

The Zoos Victoria Readers series has been developed as an exclusive gift for Victorian Foundation-Year 2 teachers and students. These five books will develop your students’ Science knowledge and Literacy skills through the stories of endangered animals.

Learning outcomes

Zoos Victoria Readers support the Foundation–Year 2 Science curriculum:

  • External features of living things
  • Animal homes and basic needs
  • Living things grow and change
  • People use science in their daily lives 

Free online workshops

Foundation-Year 2 teachers and students are invited to join zoo experts for free 30-minute online workshops. Students can ask their science questions and learn more about the animals in the Zoos Victoria Readers. Join in the fun during the Readers launch in May or during Book Week in August. Book into a workshop using the links below.

Slink the Alpine She-oak Skink

Gyack the Corroboree Frog

Hope the Eastern-Barred Bandicoot

Obie the Orange-bellied Parrot

Pippa the Mountain Pygmy-possum

Program resources

Zoos Victoria Readers have been delivered to your primary school. They come with a suite of teaching resources and support:

  • eBook with narration – free eBook with optional narration
  • eBook PDF – free eBook with text and images
  • Animal Toolkit – free curriculum-aligned species information kits
  • School Reader Videos – video of story being read by the author and interview with a species expert
  • Teaching Guide – a time saver with classroom activities and curriculum links for Teacher Members
  • Excursion - deepen your student's learning at the zoo where you can find the species in the Reader, and a workshop taught by a Zoo Teacher.
Supported by

Through its charity foundation, PETstock is proud to sponsor the Zoos Victoria Readers series. PETstock is inspired by the opportunity to work with Zoos Victoria and Australia’s future generations to help species that need it most.