Live Book Reading with the Little Rock Zoo

Keep Arkansas Beautiful is proud to partner with the Little Rock Zoo to release our new children’s book: OTTO THE OTTER AND THE GREAT ARKANSAS MYSTERY.

The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) will be hosting a live book reading of its first-ever children’s book Otto the Otter and the Great Arkansas Mystery at the Little Rock Zoo’s Civitan Amphitheater at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Families across central Arkansas are invited to join KAB and the Little Rock Zoo for a live book reading and educational program. This special day will celebrate the launch of KAB’s new book. Activities include photo opportunities with Otto the Otter, an Animal Ambassador presentation where children can learn about different animals at the zoo and receive KAB educational materials. Families who are unable to attend in person can tune in to Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s Facebook Live stream of the event.

In Otto the Otter and the Great Arkansas Mystery, readers get to follow local hero Otto the Otter, along with his new crew of litter-fighting friends he meets during his journeys across Arkansas to solve the mystery of who or what is destroying the environment, one piece of litter at a time. Printed copies of the book will be available at local libraries across Arkansas soon, while the digital version is available online at

“We are grateful for the community support we’ve received around this new book and our mission to empower Arkansans to help maintain The Natural State,” said Mark Camp, executive director of KAB. “We are dedicated to inspiring and encouraging children to also take pride in their home and help keep Arkansas beautiful. This book is just another great way we get to connect with children and show them the importance of preventing litter and recycling.”

“The Little Rock Zoo is excited to partner with the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission on this exciting new children’s book,” said Susan Altrui, Little Rock Zoo director. “The Zoo’s mission is to inspire people to value and conserve our natural world, and we want to ensure that our natural resources and the earth can sustain life for both humans and animals. Taking pride in our environment and doing our part to protect it is a value that both the Little Rock Zoo and Keep Arkansas Beautiful hold dear. This children’s book is a great way for us to educate the public about the importance of keeping our planet clean and protected.”

The Little Rock Zoo will have seating in the amphitheater marked to ensure attendees are social distancing at least 6 feet apart, and event officials are requesting that all guests follow proper social distancing and mask mandates put in place by local and state officials. Additionally, those who are sick and are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who is sick, are being advised by KAB and the Little Rock Zoo to please stay home and follow proper quarantine guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local officials.

You “Otto” come join us for this event! We hope to see you there!

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