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Book program instills love of reading in youngsters

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One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide effort to provide every 4-year-old with a book, helping to instill a love of reading and unity for Colorado families.

One Book 4 Colorado is premised on the idea that providing young children with access to quality books promotes early literacy and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.

To ensure school readiness, it is critical that 4-year-olds have frequent and routine access to books and that young children be read to consistently. For low-income families, access to quality books and early literacy efforts are doubly important as research shows that low-income children have few to no books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of 4 than their higher-income peers. As just one part of “Colorado Reads – The Early Literacy Initiative,” One Book 4 Colorado aims to close this vocabulary gap by getting a book into the home of every 4-year-old in Colorado and fostering a culture of reading. FREE Books, available in both English and Spanish, will be distributed to children

across the state at local public library events and at Reach Out and Read clinics and local doctors’ offices between May 6-20. Join Grand County libraries for their distribution of One Book 4 Colorado books at their scheduled story hour programs. All program participants, regardless of age, will receive a free book to take home.

The program is a result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Serve Colorado, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Colorado State Library, Denver Preschool Program, public libraries, the private sector, and the foundation community.

For more information, call 970-406-0765 or visit http://www.gcld.org.


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