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The Phillie Phanatic is the star of children's books and as a result has turned his love of reading into the exciting Be a Phanatic About Reading literacy program presented by Comcast. Founded in 2004, the program encourages students in grades K-8 to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day to improve their literacy skills. Area teachers can enroll their classrooms now and join the nearly 50,000 already reading with the Phanatic!

For information on how your classroom can be a part of Be a Phanatic About Reading during the 2016-2017 school year, email

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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

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.

Literacy Night at the Ballpark

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, The Phillies and the Phanatic hosted their annual Be a Phanatic About Reading Night presented by Comcast. Fans 14 and under received a copy of the The Phillie Phanatic's Galapagos Gang, the newest book in his children's book series. Students, teachers and parents involved in the Be a Phanatic About Reading program received an $8 discount off tickets in locations regularly priced $53 and under.

As part of the night, the Phanatic celebrated readers selected from the program during a special on field pregame ceremony.

Fans helped children across the region enjoy reading a little bit more by donating new or gently used children's book, benefitting PHILADELPHIA READS, at the entrance gates.

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

If you 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
  • Central Columbia
  • 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

Phanatic Book Corner

The Phanatic's favorite thing to do is to cheer on the Phillies but reading a good book is a close second. The Phanatic is always looking for a new book that he can curl up with and welcomes your suggestions. Share what you like to read by emailing with the book's title, author and a description of why you love the book. If you do, you could find your recommendation on the Phanatic's Book Corner.

Phanatic's Book Corner

Add the Phanatic books to your school or home library

Make sure to check out all the books in the Phanatic book series including the newest book, "The Phillie Phanatic's One-Man Band." The book details how the Phillie Phanatic and his musical friends came to the rescue to keep the Phillies and their fans rockin' and rollin' during another memorable night at the ballpark.

Phanatic Books


To learn how to enroll your school in the Be a Phanatic About Reading program presented by Comcast, email or call 215-463-1000.