One of the many fabulous literacy initiatives that participated in One Book 4 Colorado is Read to the Children (RTC). This wonderful project is a collaboration of the Institutional Library Development Unit of the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Corrections. RTC allows incarcerated parents and caregivers to make recordings of themselves reading books to their children that are then sent to their families in the mail. Engaging with their children in this way allows incarcerated parents to connect with their children and encourage a love of reading. This year 143 incarcerated parents/caregivers in 18 state correctional facilities made 135 recordings of Giraffes Can’t Dance for 172 children.

We are so proud to partner with Read to the Children and their empowerment of incarcerated parents!

For an example of a RTC recording, please view the video below: