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Pic of the Week: John Cena Thrills Young Readers

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Photo by Shawn Miller.

World-champion wrestler John Cena (center) visited the Library on December 6 to talk about his latest endeavor: starring as the voice of the gentle bull Ferdinand in a soon-to-be-released 20th Century Fox Animation feature film based on “The Story of Ferdinand the Bull,” the beloved 1936 children’s book by Munro Leaf.

Cena read the story to a packed audience of students from Washington, D.C., and Virginia schools in the Coolidge Auditorium while students from Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont listened via livestream on the Library’s YouTube page. Afterward, Cena answered the students’ questions about his life and the book’s message of acceptance and nonviolence.

Here Cena poses after the event with students wearing Ferdinand horns.


  1. He is a ‘pro’ wrestler entertainer, not a wrestler.

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