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One Book Colorado: Help select the book to be distributed to every 4-year-old in our state

Posted: 12:01 AM, Nov 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-04 13:27:57-05

DENVER — Online voting is currently underway to choose the book that all 4-year-olds in the state will receive this spring. Coloradans of all ages can visit www.OneBookColorado.org to cast their vote for one of the three finalists:

  • The Greatest Adventure by Tony Piedrea
  • The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, pictures by Sonia Sanchez
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

Voting closes on Nov. 22.

Now in its ninth year, One Book Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Denver7 , Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera’s office , Serve Colorado , the Colorado State Library , the Denver Preschool Program and Mile High United Way . The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book — in English or Spanish — in an effort to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading. It’s like a book club for 4-year-olds. And the kids get to help select the book that they’ll receive and get to keep.

Since the program’s inception, 600,000 books have been given to Colorado 4-year-olds across the state through public and military libraries and participating Denver Preschool Program classrooms. From April 13 through April 26, 2020, the program will provide another 75,000 books to encourage Colorado families to read together.

While anyone can cast a vote for the winning book, 4-year-olds are highly encouraged to visit www.OneBookColorado.org with their families and caregivers to watch videos of Colorado community leaders — including Denver7’s Anne Trujillo and Lisa Hidalgo — reading the book selections aloud in both English and Spanish, and vote for their favorite book.

Children who have books in the home and adults who read to them daily will be more likely to be ready to read when they start kindergarten. A strong start with reading leads to success in school and in life. Every book that lands in a child’s hands helps them to learn to read, which opens up a world of possibilities. Literacy begins for a child while reading books with their parents and caregivers.

One Book Colorado has distributed the following books:

  • 2012: Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberely
  • 2013: Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
  • 2014: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • 2015: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • 2016: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • 2017: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
  • 2018: Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown by Linnea Riley
  • 2019: Penguinaut by Marcie Colleen, illustrated by Emma Yarlett

Denver7 is proud to support early literacy as a partner on One Book Colorado, which is just one part of our 7Read to Lead program that strives to help kids learn to read and read more often by increasing access to books, encouraging reading, and showing how reading impacts our lives. To learn more about Denver7 Read to Lead, visit www.TheDenverChannel.com/ReadToLead .