DENVER – Monday, May 6, 2013 – Gov. John Hickenlooper announced at today’s Colorado Literacy Week launch the selection of Duck on a Bike, by David Shannon, as this year’s choice for One Book 4 Colorado. One Book 4 Colorado (OB4C) is a statewide initiative to support family reading at home and instill a love of learning in Colorado youngsters.
“One Book 4 Colorado engages more than 70,000 children in the magic of reading by putting a wonderful book in their hands,” Hickenlooper said. “Colorado Literacy Week is a time for all of us to come together, focus on the importance of early literacy to the future of this state and then, do something about it. Everyone can play a part: donate to book drives, volunteer at your local school or library, or simply read to a child.”
More than 70,000 copies of the book will be distributed to children across Colorado at local library events, at Reach Out and Read clinics and doctors’ offices and through participating preschools. The book will be available in both English and Spanish and will be accessible to children with special needs. A statewide distribution of the Duck on a Bike and a multitude of family literacy events will take place May 6 – 20, coinciding with Colorado Literacy Week 2013.
“Learning to read has the power to transform a child’s life and help ensure future success in school,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. “We’re one step closer to meeting the needs of a robust economy with a well-educated workforce every time a child learns to read.”
One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Serve Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Colorado State Library, 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 and presented by Denver Public Library, and Reach Out and Read Colorado. 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.
Colorado Literacy Week 2013 will highlight how communities across the state organize their talents and resources to reach the goal of every child reading proficiently and celebrates the partnership between state government and local communities to advance literacy. Dozens of public and private partners are engaging in these conversations, including local school districts, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, parent groups and teacher organizations. Several community conversations will take place throughout the week, including in metro Denver, the San Juan valley, the North Front range and in central mountain counties.
Sponsors for this year’s One Book 4 Colorado include: Aspen Community Foundation, Anythink Library, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Comcast, Cydney and Tom Marsico Foundation, Delta Dental, The Denver Post Community Foundation, Douglas County Library, Early Childhood Leadership Commission, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), Entravision, Greenberg Traurig, Junior League of Denver, McDonald’s, David and Laura Merage Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS, Southwest Airlines, Teletech, Walmart.