One Book 4 Colorado provides a copy of the same book to 4-year-olds across the state each spring through public libraries, Reach Out and Read Colorado clinics, and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. Funded through private donations, the program annually gives away over 75,000 copies of the same new book in English and Spanish for a 2-week period in April. Participating agencies offer hundreds of fun, free events to give away the books and celebrate reading in their communities.
The program encourages families to read together every day, adds new books to home libraries, helps 4-year-olds develop the pre-reading skills they’ll need when they’re learning to read in kindergarten, and makes reading fun for young children. Giving all the children the same book encourages young children to talk with each other about the book and share it with their friends and families.
2015 will the program’s fourth year.