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The Phillie Phanatic is the star of ten children's books and as a result has helped turn his love of reading into the exciting Be a Phanatic About Reading literacy program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program, presented by Comcast, was created to encourage children to improve their literacy skills by reading for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. In 2012/13 the program enrolled over 60,000 students and the Phanatic hopes this school year will be just as successful! For information on how your classroom can be a part of Be a Phanatic About Reading, email

Program Structure

The program is divided into two levels: one for children in grades K through 3 and the other for grades 4 through 8. Children will be asked to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day reading whatever book they select. Younger children will be given Phanatic coloring sheets to color in once they have attained their goal while older children will be asked to record the book they read and write a few sentences on their favorite part of the book. The Phillie Phanatic will make a special visit to the top performing schools. To qualify for a Phanatic visit, children will report their progress to their teachers who in turn will tell the Phillies how the children have done in their reading endeavors. From that progress report, schools will be selected for a school visit.

Upon registration classrooms receive:
  • Rules of the Be a Phanatic About Reading Program
  • Be a Phanatic About Reading Bookmarks
  • Coloring sheets for the younger children, writing sheets for the older children
  • Evaluation form for the teacher
  • Most Improved and Most Outstanding Reader nomination forms
  • A favorite book nomination form for all students

This year the Be a Phanatic About Reading program is going to be better than ever and the Phanatic does not want you or your students to miss out on the fun. For information on how to register, e-mail or call 215.463.1000.

Your classroom could win a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic

Classrooms have the opportunity to win a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic.

To qualify for a Phanatic visit, children will report their progress to their teachers who in turn will tell the Phillies how the children have done in their reading endeavors.

From that progress report, the top performing classrooms/schools will be selected for a Phanatic visit. Visits will be scheduled between January and May.

Be a Phanatic About Reading Night - Friday, May 30
2013 Phanatic About Reading Night: Photos | Video

The Phillies will celebrate literacy during the Friday, May 30 Be a Phanatic About Reading Literacy Night presented by Comcast. On this night we will honor the Most Outstanding and Most Improved Readers in the programs.

Students, teachers and their families participating in the program can receive a special $6 discount off of tickets $38 and below.

Buy Tickets

That night, fans 14 and under will receive a copy of the Phanatic's newest book.

You also have the opportunity to aid a good cause. At every gate the Phillies will be collecting new and gently used books to benefit PHILADELPHIA READS..

2013 Most Outstanding & Most Improved Readers

Congratulations to the 2013 Be a Phanatic About Reading 10 Most Improved and 10 Most Outstanding Readers.

These winners were selected from hundreds of students who were nominated by their teachers.

All those nominated received a certificate from the Phillies and had their names displayed in the First Base Plaza on this special night dedicated to literacy.

Teacher Testimonials

This program has been terrific for reluctant readers. It has been especially rewarding for students that were not motivated readers. It has been rewarding to watch these young readers become more fluent readers.

I used the reading program as an incentive to motivate my students to read. The program was just, simply, fun! Everyone loves the Phanatic and anything to do with him.

I have used the program since September. My students have actively kept the reading log to show their reading. Thank you very much. I will look forward to doing this awesome program again next year.

I would like to commend you and the Phillies organization for taking part in such an important area of student development. As a Reading Specialist, I am thrilled to see organizations that kids so passionately care for,develop programs to encourage the whole child! I am equally as impressed with the knowledge of reading research that is included in your letter.

Thank you for providing my class with this opportunity. They are really enjoying the challenge. I am proud to see that I am seeing many of my students showing a greater interest in reading.

Participating School Districts

Don't see your School District? Enroll your school and your district will be added to the list!

  • Abington
  • Absecon
  • Allentown
  • Allentown City
  • Annville Cleona
  • Appoquinimink
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Atlantic City
  • Avon Grove
  • Bangor Area
  • Barnegat Township
  • Barrington
  • Bellmawr
  • Bensalem Township
  • Berlin Township
  • Bethlehem Area
  • Blue Mountain
  • Blue Ridge
  • Boyertown Area
  • Brandywine
  • Brandywine Heights
  • Bridgeton
  • Brigantine
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Brooklawn
  • Buena
  • Burlington
  • Burlington City
  • Burlington County Special Services
  • Caesar Rodney
  • Camden City
  • Cape Henlopen
  • Capital
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Charter
  • Cherry Hill
  • Chester-Upland
  • Chichester
  • Christina
  • Clark County
  • Coatesville Area
  • Cocalico
  • Collingswood
  • Colonial
  • Colonial (Delaware)
  • Conestoga Valley
  • Conrad Weiser
  • Cornwall Lebanon
  • Council Rock
  • Crestwood
  • Cumberland Valley
  • Daniel Boone Area
  • Deerfield Township
  • Delran
  • Dennis Township
  • Deptford Township
  • Derry Township
  • Diocese of Allentown
  • Diocese of Camden
  • Diocese of Harrisburg
  • Diocese of Trenton
  • Diocese of Wilmington
  • Downingtown Area
  • East Greenwich Township
  • East Penn
  • East Windsor
  • Eastern Lebanon County
  • Easton Area
  • Edgewater Park
  • Egg Harbor Township
  • Evesham Township
  • Ewing Public Schools
  • Exeter Township
  • Flemington-Raritan
  • Florence Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Galloway Township
  • Garnet Valley
  • Gateway
  • Gibbsboro
  • Glassboro
  • Gloucester City
  • Gloucester Township
  • Governor Mifflin
  • Great Valley
  • Greenwich Township
  • Haddon Township
  • Haddonfield
  • Hamilton Township
  • Hammonton
  • Harrison Township
  • Hatboro-Horsham
  • Haverford
  • Havertown
  • Hazleton Area
  • Hempfield
  • Hinkletown Mennonite
  • Hopewell Township
  • Interboro
  • Jim Thorpe Area
  • Kennett Consolidated
  • Keystone Central
  • Kutztown Area
  • Lacey Township
  • Lake Forest
  • Lakeland
  • Lake-Lehman
  • Lancaster
  • Lawnside
  • Lawrence Township
  • Lebanon
  • Lehighton
  • Lindenwold
  • Logan Township
  • Lower Alloways Creek
  • Lower Cape May Regional
  • Lower Merion
  • Lower Moreland
  • Lower Township
  • Magnolia
  • Mahanoy Area
  • Manheim Township
  • Mantua
  • Maple Shade
  • Marple Newtown
  • Medford Township
  • Methacton
  • Millersburg Area
  • Millville
  • Milton Hershey
  • Monroe Township
  • Moorestown
  • Mount Carmel Area
  • Mount Holly
  • Mullica Township
  • National Park
  • Neshaminy
  • New Brunswick
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Newport
  • Norristown Area
  • North Penn
  • North Pocono
  • Northampton Area
  • Northwestern Lehigh
  • Oaklyn
  • Ocean City
  • Octorara Area
  • Oldmans Township
  • Oxford Area
  • Palisades
  • Palmerton Area
  • Palmyra Area
  • Parkland
  • Paterson
  • Paulsboro
  • Pemberton
  • Pemberton Township
  • Penn Delco
  • Penn Manor
  • Pennridge
  • Penns Grove - Carneys Point
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • Pennsville
  • Perkiomen Valley
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenixville Area
  • Pine Hill
  • Pitman
  • Pittsgrove
  • Pottsgrove
  • Pottstown
  • Private
  • Quakertown
  • Radnor Township
  • Reading
  • Red Clay Consolidated
  • Ridley
  • Riverside
  • Rose Tree Media
  • Runnemede
  • Saucon Valley
  • Schuylkill Valley
  • Shamokin
  • Shamong Township
  • Shikellamy
  • Shippensburg
  • Smyrna
  • Somerdale
  • Souderton Area
  • Southampton
  • Southeast Delco
  • Southern Columbia Area
  • Southern Lehigh
  • Spring Ford Area
  • Springfield
  • Springfield Township
  • Saint Clair Area
  • State College Area
  • Stratford
  • Swedesboro-Woolwich
  • Toms River
  • Tredyffrin Easttown
  • Trenton
  • Trenton of Diocese
  • Tri-Valley
  • Twin Valley
  • Unionville Chadds Ford
  • Upper Darby
  • Upper Deerfield Township
  • Upper Dublin
  • Upper Merion Area
  • Upper Moreland
  • Upper Perkiomen
  • Upper Township
  • Valley View
  • Vineland
  • Voorhees Township
  • Washington Township
  • Waterford Township
  • Wayne Highlands
  • Wenonah
  • West Chester Area
  • Wildwood
  • Wilkes Barre Area
  • William Penn
  • Williams Valley
  • Willingboro
  • Wilson Area
  • Winslow Township
  • Wissahickon
  • Woodbury Public Schools
  • Woodlynne
  • Wyomissing Area
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