Arapahoe Library District is promoting early reading by providing a free new book to families with young children as part of One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative aiming to support family reading at home and instill a love of learning in Colorado youngsters.
Families with young children can stop by any of ALD libraries April 13-27 to pick up a copy of the book in English or Spanish while supplies last. The title of the book will be announced April 13, and more than 4,000 books will be distributed.
One Book 4 Colorado is the 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. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program. Both programs are 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 young children have frequent and routine access to books and that they be read to consistently. The vocabulary level of preschoolers is predictive of their third-grade reading proficiency. For low-income families, access to quality books and early literacy efforts are doubly important as research shows 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 homes of families with young children and fostering a culture of reading.
For more information, visit www.onebook4colorado.org.
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