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“One Book 4 Colorado” Selection Begins

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Online voting has started to choose the book that every 4-year-old in the state will be reading this spring, along with a little help from parents, siblings, friends and family. Coloradans can visit to cast their vote for one of the three finalists: What Will We Build Today? by Katherine Durgin-Bruce, Worms for Lunch? by Leonid Gore, and Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley.

In its sixth year, “One Book 4 Colorado” is a statewide collaboration between Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne’s office, Serve Colorado, the Colorado Office of Early Literacy, the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Department of Education, the Denver Preschool Program, public and military libraries statewide, the private sector, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book -- in English or Spanish -- to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading.  

Over the last five years, more than 350,000 books have been given to Colorado 4-year-olds across the state through public and military libraries and preschools in the Denver Preschool Program. From April 17 through May 1, 2017, the program will provide another 75,000 books to encourage Colorado families to read together.

Anyone can cast a vote for the winning book through the end of January 2017. Visit to watch videos of Colorado community leaders reading the book selections aloud in both English and Spanish, and cast a vote today.