One Book 4 Colorado finished its sixth year on a high note on May 1! Once again, 75,000 four-year-olds all across Colorado received a copy of the same book in public and military libraries and Denver Preschool Program (DPP) classrooms. This year’s book? Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, featuring a hungry–and messy–little mouse! The program launched with Lt. Governor Lynne, Denver Mayor Hancock, and journalist Rodolfo Cardenas at the Denver Public Library, with an energetic reading of Mouse Mess–complete with mouse ears! Events all over the state happened for the next two weeks as library staff and DPP teachers distributed books in their communities. In all, 261 libraries participated, covering every county of the state.
From April 26-28, Linnea Riley herself came to Colorado to celebrate One Book 4 Colorado! On her trips to several libraries, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Children’s Museum of Denver, she told many eager children that the idea for Mouse Mess came to her while she was living in Colorado and a mouse came to visit her house, so in a way Mouse Mess was coming home to Colorado!