Zoos Victoria School Readers

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

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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.

Gyack the Corroboree Frog

Yellow and black frog peeking out from grass

Free online workshops

Available times:

  • Monday 30 May 9:30-10:00
  • Monday 30 May 11:30-12:00
  • Monday 22 August 9:30-10:00
  • Monday 22 August 11:30-12:00

Book now

Hope the Eastern-Barred Bandicoot

Eastern-barred bandicoot looking at an ant

Free online workshops

Available times:

  • Tuesday 31 May 9:30-10:00
  • Tuesday 31 May 11:30-12:00
  • Tuesday 23 August 9:30-10:00
  • Tuesday 23 August 11:30-12:00  

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Obie the Orange-bellied Parrot

A brightly-coloured green and blur parrot sitting on a branch

Free online workshops

Available times:

  • Wednesday 1 June 9:30-10:00
  • Wednesday 1 June 11:30-12:00
  • Wednesday 24 August 9:30-10:00
  • Wednesday 24 August 11:30-12:00

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Pippa the Mountain Pygmy-possum

A Mountain Pygmy-possum leaping across rocks

Free online workshops

Available times:

  • Thursday 2 June 9:30-10:00
  • Thursday 2 June 11:30-12:00
  • Thursday 25 August 9:30-10:00
  • Thursday 25 August 11:30-12:00

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Slink the Alpine She-oak Skink

Free online workshops

Available times:

  • Friday 3 June 9:30-10:00
  • Friday 3 June 11:30-12:00
  • Friday 26 August 9:30-10:00
  • Friday 26 August 11:30-12:00

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Program resources

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

  • Sway – free eBook with optional narration
  • PDF – free eBook with text and images
  • Animal Toolkit – free curriculum-aligned species information kits
  • Storytime Video – video of story being read by the author
  • Ask a Zoo Expert – video interview with a species expert
  • 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.
  • Teaching Guide – a time saver with classroom activities and curriculum links for Teacher Tribe Members
  • Teacher PD – exclusive workshops and on-demand courses for Teacher Tribe Members
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.