2018 Philadelphia Literacy Day

A festival of family fun celebrating Philadelphia as a city of readers, writers and thinkers! 


Presented by Tree House Books   

In partnership with Read by 4th & the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey                 


Saturday, May 12, 2018

 FREE event - Rain or Shine


The festivities will kick off at Smith Memorial Playground from 11am – 3pm, as well as a satellite event at the Kimmel Center in Center City.  Activities include:


Food & Entertainment:

Guests will enjoy FREE free water ice, philly soft pretzels, face painting, caricature art, games, and more!

Special performances by TWO OF A KIND, a musical duo and Philadelphia favorite for families and children of all ages.

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Literacy Activities:

From poetry walls and story time readings, to craft tables and visits from celebrated authors, we're excited to share fun and creative activities for all ages that celebrate reading and writing through art, games, and more!


The Book Market:

This massive flea market-like book-swap, will be open for all to donate gently used (but beloved) books, and select new books to kick start a summer of reading! For those not looking to swap, we will have book donation boxes around the event.


Free Resources:

Guests will be able to visit tables of local organizations to find out about the programs they have to offer year round.


For more information, call Tree House Books at:  215.236.1760, or email:  info@treehousebooks.org.


A special thank you to our title partners and our corporate sponsors, including:

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1010 Printing Group

The Do-Gooders

Edelman Wealth Management

Equinox Management and Construction

Ironbound Cider

Interface Studio Architects


Mum Mum Cards

Penguin Random House

The Schell Group

Soho Press

Jennifer Weiner


Media Partners WXPN and WOGL 98 FM

A special thank you to donors who have donated food, prizes, and other goodies, including The Arden Theater, Philadelphia Union,  Wicked Cool Toys, Sesame Street Productions, and Fresh Grocer!

This event is supported by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and the Philadelphia Mayor's Office.


Sponsoring Philadelphia Literacy Day is a great opportunity to show your organization's commitment to our city's youth. If you would like more information on how you can support a community of Readers, Writers and Thinkers, click here to download our sponsorship brochure! 

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