There are great One Book 4 Colorado events going on across Colorado! Here is just a sampling:
Drop Everything and Read at the Children’s Museum of Denver, April 23
Kids and adults alike enjoyed a fun pajama party at the Children’s Museum of Denver, featuring special guests Lt. Governor Joe Garcia and Maybe a Bear Ate It!author Robie H. Harris! Everyone had a great time exploring the museum, doing crafts, and learning about important services for families focusing on literacy. The crowd was pleased as the Lt. Governor read, with the kids’ help, the Governor’s proclamation of Drop Everything and Read Day, followed by Harris reading her book as the kids acted it out. Univision’s Luis Canela also gave a lively reading of the book in Spanish. At the end of the event, all 4 year olds present picked up their copy of the book to keep. The event emphasized the importance of reading together daily as a family, and that reading is fun.
Read to the Children and One Book 4 Colorado
Since 1999, the Colorado Department of Corrections libraries and the Colorado State Library have partnered to provide donated children’s books for incarcerated parents to read to their children. Facility library staff facilitate the Read to the Children program, which allows parents to make a recording of themselves reading a book, then send the recording with the book to the child. Caregivers report that children who participate in this program maintain more positive relationships with their parents and spend more time with books after starting the program.
This April, 68 parents in 10 Colorado Department of Corrections facilities are recording themselves reading Maybe a Bear Ate It! for their children to listen to. Their children, along with 4 year olds across the state, will also receive a copy of the book to keep. This way parents in correctional facilities can participate in One Book 4 Colorado with their young children and share in the joy of reading.
Listen to a parent read to his child.
Robie H. Harris Reads Maybe a Bear Ate It! at the Aurora Public Library, April 24
Harris continued her One Book 4 Colorado tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Aurora Public Library before returning home to New York. 110 kids and adults–many on a field trip from local preschools–were on hand to enjoy Harris reading her book Maybe a Bear Ate It! and listen to lively bear songs and stories from the talented library staff. As a thank you for visiting, the library gave Harris a large, adorable stuffed bear as all of the 4 year olds received their copy of Maybe a Bear Ate It! to keep.
Birthdays, Books and Bears Party at the Poudre River Public Library District, Ft. Collins, April 23
Four year olds in Ft. Collins were treated to a fun Birthdays, Books and Bears Party at the Poudre River Public Library. 120 people attend and 50 four year olds received their copy of Maybe a Bear Ate It! The library gave scratch and sniff bookmarks to young brothers and sisters of those four year olds. The party focused on “B” words. The mayor of Ft. Collins read Maybe A Bear Ate It! and the library board president read another book to the enthusiastic crowd. Library staff led kids in the freeze dance and a flannelboard story. Then the kids were able to make bookmarks, bead necklaces, find things in the room that started with the letter “B”, play a bean bag toss game, lace a letter “B” and play with a birthday game (all activities that help kids learn to read, and make reading fun!).
Four year olds that weren’t at the party can pick up their copy of the book at library storytimes this week, and kids of other ages will receive bookmarks.