One Book Colorado

Posted at 11:17 AM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 13:17:19-05

One Book Colorado, has a new name, a new look and new partners!  Denver7 is a proud new partner in the effort to give away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms.


Every year, the public is asked to help select the book.  Which book will be selected for Spring 2019?  Visit to vote. 

Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey,

Penguins Love Colors by Sarah Aspinall.


Anyone can cast a vote through the end of December.  Visit to watch videos of Colorado community leaders reading the book selections aloud in both English and Spanish.  Then cast a vote!


Now, in its eighth year, One Book Colorado, a book for every four-year-old, continues to be a statewide collaboration between Lt. Governor’s office, Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Department of Education, the Denver Preschool Program and new partners Denver7 and the Mile High United Way. 


The privately-funded program began in 2012, 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.


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