JetBlue Hosts Book Party at Aquarium of the Pacific to Celebrate Summer Reading & Encourage Public Voting in First-Ever #BookBattle

Everyone is invited to join Soar with Reading, an initiative by JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books, to enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating reading at the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific. In honor of its 5thanniversary, Soar with Reading will host a book party featuring Shadow of the Shark, the latest book from best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne.


Hosted at Aquarium of the Pacific, activities are open to the public with general admission to the Aquarium and include:

–          Interactive ongoing sea life shows, including a shark feed at 2:00 p.m.

–          Displays that highlight shark biology, including shark teeth and jaws

–          Coloring station

–          The chance to meet and take photos with character ambassadors Jack and Annie and the Aquarium’s shark mascot Sharky.


Soar with Reading places age-appropriate books in the hands of children in underserved areas, while also encouraging children’s imaginations to take flight through reading. Residents of Long Beach will have the chance to bring books to local children in need through the national Soar with Reading #BookBattle. Five cities – Detroit, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and New York – are currently competing in the first-ever #BookBattle. The city that receives the most online votes by August 31, 2013 will receive 100,000 children books


WHEN:                 Monday, July 13

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


WHERE:                Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

This event is open to the public; regular aquarium entrance fees apply.


In 2011, JetBlue launched Soar with Reading, a program designed to encourage kids’ imaginations to take flight through reading and get books into the hands of kids that need them most. Since its inception, JetBlue and their partners have donated over $1,250,000 worth of books to kids in need. This year, JetBlue is excited to again partner with Random House Children’s Books and Magic Tree House author, Mary Pope Osborne to encourage children to share the magic of reading.



JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 90 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 875 daily flights. For more information please visit



Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold 130 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 33 different languages in over 30 international markets.  There are currently 52 Magic Tree House books and 31 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne.


MTH #53: Shadow of the Shark and MTH Fact Tracker #32: Sharks release in June 2015.

To make a donation in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please go to


The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to conserving nature and its resources by building interactions among people and is home to more than 11,000 animals. Beyond its exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions. For more information, visit or call 562-590-3100.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.


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