Feb 28, 2012 2:40 PM by Greg Boyce

Free books for 4 year olds

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced One Book 4 Colorado, an effort to provide a new book to every four year old in Colorado while simultaneously supporting parents as their child's first teacher.

"Something as simple as putting a book in the hand of a young child can inspire a love of reading and help that child develop into a life-long learner," said Garcia. "By partnering with Reach Out and Read Colorado and Colorado State Library we are able to support parents in making sure that all children are school-ready on the very first day they walk into a classroom."

One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Reach Out and Read, Colorado State Library, public libraries, the private sector, and the foundation community. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program.

More than 70,000 copies of the same book will be distributed to children across Colorado at local library events and at Reach Out and Read clinics and doctors' offices. The book will be available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs. A statewide book distribution and family support events will take place April 18-29, coinciding with Preschool One Book, One Denver and Week of the Young Child.

For more information about One Book 4 Colorado, click here.




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