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One Book Colorado 2020 announcement, distribution postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 12:16 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 14:16:24-04

DENVER — After careful consideration of the COVID-19 situation, One Book Colorado has made the difficult decision to postpone the announcement and distribution of the 2020 book. This includes activities around the book’s launch that were planned between April 13-26.

The safety and health of our state’s four-year-olds, their families and everyone else involved in One Book Colorado is our top priority, and the best way to serve our communities is by postponing the book distribution and events.

Now in its ninth year, One Book Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Denver7, Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera’s office, Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program and Mile High United Way. The program provides every four-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book — in English or Spanish — in an effort to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading.

We will announce new distribution and activity dates as soon as we are able. Please visit www.OneBookColorado.org for the latest updates.

In the meantime, here are a few great ways to engage in early literacy programs and activities virtually:

· Check your local library’s Facebook page for online story times with your favorite children’s librarian. You can also go to your library’s website for early literacy games, videos, e-books and other resources. Visit www.ColoradoLibraries.org to find your local library.

· Click here for a list of children’s authors doing online read-alouds and activities.

· Click here for popular children’s author Mo Willems’ Lunch Doodles, which he posts daily from his home studio.

· For as long as schools are closed, Audible.com is providing a free collection of stories that includes titles across six different languages. Click here to stream your favorite books.