By Tracy Ihnot
Back for its 8th year, One Book Colorado (OBCO) has a new name, new look and new partners, but will still give away 75,000 copies of the same book in English and Spanish, one to every 4-year-old in Colorado through public and military libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. Governor Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced on April 8 that Penguinaut! by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Emma Yarlett is the 2019 OBCO selection, officially launching this year’s program at the Denver Public Library.
Pick up a free copy of PENGUINAUT! for a 4-year-old in your life through April 22, 2019, at any Delta County Library.
Visit <http://www.onebook4colorado.org/> for information about the program including pick up locations, reading tips, information on early literacy, and more.
This public-private partnership began in 2012 as a collaboration between Lt. Governor’s office, Serve Colorado, Colorado State Library, Denver Preschool Program, public and military libraries statewide, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities, with Mile High United Way and Denver7 joining as partners in 2019. It was known until this year as “One Book 4 Colorado,” and was modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program. It stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.
Sponsors include Walmart, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., McDonalds, PNC Bank, Buell Foundation, Junior League of Denver, Serve Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Education, Scripps Howard Foundation, Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation, Denver Preschool Program, Bank of America, and the Aspen Community Foundation.