DENVER — Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced the launch of the public book selection process for this year’s One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO). The statewide initiative gives 4-year-olds Colorado a book in English or Spanish to read with parents, siblings, friends and family.
“We are very excited to kick-off One Book 4 Colorado by inviting Coloradans of all ages to help us select this year’s book,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. “Putting a book in the hands of a child and developing a literacy-rich environment helps to create a culture where all children can experience the joy of reading as part of everyday family life.”
Members of the public can view video readings of the finalists produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and vote for their favorite book throughout the month of November at www.onebook4colorado.org. The 2014 OB4CO finalists are: Pigsty, by Mark Teague; Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard; and How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by Jane Yolen.
Celebrities reading in English include Gov. John Hickenlooper, K-LOVE Radio DJ Amanda Carroll and Dr. Scott Sampson, Vice President of Research and Collections & Chief Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and host of the PBS children’s series Dinosaur Train. Spanish readers include Emmy-winning journalist, former Telemundo anchor and Hablemos Hoy radio host Rodolfo Jose Cardenas, Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja, and Denver Police Department public information officer Detective Raquel Lopez.
During April 7-21, 2014 OB4CO will give away more than 70,000 new copies of the winning book at public libraries, Reach Out and Read Colorado health clinics and at Denver Preschool Program preschools.
The OB4CO steering committee selected the three finalists based on recommendations from teachers, parents, librarians and early literacy stakeholders. The winning title will be unveiled at the OB4CO kick-off event on April 7, 2014.
One Book 4 Colorado is a collaboration of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s Office, the Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Reach Out and Read Colorado, Serve Colorado, the foundation community, public libraries and the private sector.
For more information about One Book 4 Colorado including distribution locations, community events, and reading tips, visit http://www.onebook4colorado.org/.
Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s early literacy focus stems from his efforts to ensure every Colorado child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. During his tenure in office, his goal is to draw public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success. One Book 4 Colorado is part of Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The plan and more information about the Lt. Governor’s initiatives can be found at www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.
About Serve Colorado
Serve Colorado – Governor’s Commission on Community Service strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Serve Colorado works under the leadership of a board of 15 Commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado’s allocation of AmeriCorps*State funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The current program portfolio consists of 14 programs working to meet a variety of immediate and local needs throughout Colorado communities, including environmental stewardship, educational achievement, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and more! Additionally, Serve Colorado promotes volunteerism and service as a means to strengthen Colorado communities through days of service, special initiatives, and community partnerships.
About Reach Out and Read Colorado
Reach Out and Read Colorado is an evidence-based nonprofit that partners with pediatric health care providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. By providing age-appropriate books to low-income families at well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age, Reach Out and Read Colorado prepares children for school and encourages a lifelong love of reading. Children served by Reach Out and Read enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a three- to six-month developmental edge. To learn more, visit www.reachoutandreadco.org.
About Colorado State Library
The Colorado State Library, a division of the Colorado Department of Education, provides leadership and expertise in developing library-related policies, activities, and services for school, public, academic, and special libraries. Through an advisory board, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, and public libraries, the State Library promotes early literacy to parents, children, and child care providers throughout Colorado.
About Denver Preschool Program
The Denver Preschool Program, approved by Denver voters in 2006, is a ground-breaking tax-funded initiative designed to increase Denver children’s access to high-quality preschool. The Program has provided nearly $ 50 million in tuition support to help more than 30,000 Denver families send their child to the quality preschool of their choice, and independent evaluation results confirm that the vast majority of these children have left preschool prepared for kindergarten.