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Read to Lead: Help Denver7 give books to children in need

Posted at 2:41 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 17:59:54-04

Denver7 believes that literacy is an entryway to adult success. Getting children to read helps them develop into thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners and gives them access to a broader world.

Let’s open a world of possibilities. Let’s help kids learn to read and read more often by increasing access to books, showing how reading impacts our lives, and encouraging reading.

Increase Access to Books

If You Give a Child a Book
The Scripps Howard Foundation creates a better-informed world through journalism, education and childhood literacy. This is an important initiative across all Scripps locations that focuses on raising money to buy books for kids living in poverty. Public and private donations are collected through the Scripps Howard Foundation website. Money collected is used to purchase books from Scholastic. Books will be distributed through our 7Summer Readers program.

One Book Colorado: A book for every 4-year-old in Colorado
Back for its eighth year, One Book Colorado has a new name, new look, and new partners, but will still give away 75,000 copies of the same book – one to every 4-year-old child in Colorado. Pick up a free book for your 4-year-old starting April 8 at a public library or Denver Preschool Program classroom!

This year’s book is “Penguinaut” written by Marcie Colleen.

The program’s objective is to promote early literacy skills and help families serve as their children's first and most-important teachers.

The privately-funded program began in 2012 as a collaboration between the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Colorado Office of Early Literacy, Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, public and military libraries statewide, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. It was known until this year as “One Book 4 Colorado,” and was modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program. Both programs stem from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.

Research shows that 4-year-olds who have access to books and adults who read to them will be more likely to be ready to read when they start kindergarten. For low-income families, access to quality books and early literacy efforts are even more important, as research shows that children in low-income families tend to have fewer books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of four than their higher-income peers. One Book Colorado aims to help close this vocabulary gap by getting a book into the home of every four-year-old in Colorado and fostering a culture of reading. A child must first learn to read, before he or she can read to learn.

Partners include
Mile High United Way
Colorado Department of Education - Colorado State Library
Serve Colorado
Denver Preschool Program

Sponsors include
Scripps Howard Foundation
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.,
PNC Bank
Buell Foundation
Junior League

Summer Readers
For 10 weeks throughout the summer, we will partner with Food Bank of the Rockies to bring books to low income neighborhoods. Denver7 staff and our partner employees will be on site across the metro area where FBR serves hot meals to children and give out free books.

Denver7 Storytellers: Encourage Reading

Denver7 Story Time
Denver7 on-air talent and employees will bring learning, discovery and imagination to children at different times and different venues throughout the year.

Children’s Museum Schedule:
3rd Thursday of each month. Read: 1p.m. – 1:30p.m.
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211.

April 10 – One Book Colorado Celebrity Reading
Denver Museum of Nature and Science Discovery Zone
12p.m.- 12:30 p.m. Tom Mustin

April 22 – One Book Colorado Celebrity Reading
Denver Zoo (Gates Building, Norgren Hall)
9:30a.m. - 10a.m.
Lisa Hidalgo

April 28 – One Book Colorado Celebrity Reading
Denver Art Museum (Dia del Nino event)
2:30p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Jessica Porter

April 29 – One Book Colorado Celebrity Reading
Denver Art Museum (Dia del Nino event)
10:30a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Molly Hendrickson, Anne Trujillo

Denver7 Book Club
Denver7 Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo loves books. You are invited to join the Denver7 Book Club. Be part of a reading group of people who read and talk about books that Lisa chooses, every month. The Denver7 Book Club is hosted by Tattered Cover on the last Wednesday of the month from 7pm – 8:30p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends with common interests. Current information can be found on the Denver7 Book Club Facebook page or follow Lisa Hidalgo on Facebook.

The Denver7 Book Club is reserved for guests 21+.This event is free to attend but registration is required. Registration is available online only, through Eventbrite. Registration does not include a book.