Reading with Ringling Bros.®!


18277_reading-with-ringling-logo_suggestedFor half a century Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® has supported literacy efforts across America by sending Ambassadors of Laughter to local libraries to read with children. This honored tradition continues today through the Reading with Ringling Bros.! program, which is geared toward encouraging children to expand their love of books and reading and to discover the wonder and joy of the circus while they’re at it.

Reading with Ringling Bros.! is a free reading program available for families through participating public libraries. Ringling Bros. encourages children to read a set number of books or to read for a set time period, in order to receive a voucher good toward a FREE Kid’s Ticket with the purchase of a full-price Adult Ticket to the upcoming Ringling Bros. show in your area.* Program may vary by location – see your local public librarian for full details. Please note that we are not accepting any new libraries into the program at this time.
*Restrictions and charges may apply – see voucher for full details.


Please note that we are not accepting any new libraries into the program at this time.

If your public library is interested in learning more about the Reading with Ringling Bros.! program, please contact us. This program, which is free of charge to public libraries and families, is easy to implement and can run simultaneously with your other reading programs.

We provide all the materials to make this a fun program for families. Materials include Bookmarks with Suggested Reading List, Fabulous Reading Posters, Clown Noses, Reading Vouchers, Counter Cards, Window Cards, Table Tents and more! Note: Materials are also available in Spanish.

CLICK HERE to download our suggested reading list!

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at [email protected] or 800-844-3545.
Reading with Ringling Bros.! is not available at school locations at this time. Students are encouraged to participate in the program at their participating public library. Ringling Bros. also has other programs and group ticket offers available for schools. For more information, please contact Customer Service above.


If you are a parent or guardian, it’s very simple for your child to participate. Choose the location below that’s closest to you for participating public libraries. If your public library is listed, go to the public library and the librarian will give you the materials and instructions to get you started. All programs are run independently and may have internal guidelines, so please check with them. Please note that we are not accepting any new libraries into the program at this time.

Questions? Check out our FAQs page for additional information.

Participating Libraries & Upcoming Events

Library Name
Street Address
Clown & Performer Appearances
Nearest Show

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Join us for some serious fun! From time to time, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter and other performers make special appearances at select participating public libraries to help support Reading with Ringling Bros.! With special circus library readings*, children will be encouraged to read, discover, dream and learn! READING IS FUN FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES – TAKE AN ADVENTURE OUT OF THIS WORLD!

*Circus library readings are free and open to the public. Clown and performer appearances are subject to availability. Please check with your local participating public library for details.