Calling all four-year-olds

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- One Book 4 Colorado is giving every four-year-old child a book. This program is only in Colorado, and the goal is to get kids to read with their families.

"Why do we come to the library?” asked Pamela Salazar to her granddaughter.

“To read!" said Isabella, Salazar's four-year-old granddaughter.

It’s a free book program.

"Anytime we can give children free books, or encourage children to read or be part of reading opportunities, it's better all around," said Salazar.

One Book 4 Colorado has been in the state for six years.

"Every four-year-old in Colorado is going to get a copy of this book either the English or the Spanish,” said Trevor Adams, with Mesa County Libraries.

Each year a new book is picked for the program.

"Mouse Mess is a very simple little rhyming book about a mouse who gets into a bunch of food and makes a big mess,” said Adams.

More than 75,000 books are given out across Colorado.

“We think that every state should do that," said Salazar.

Adams said it’s all in an effort to get kids reading and excited about learning, "That will instill in children a love of reading and a way of thinking about books and reading as a really fun thing."

As well as exposing them to reading at a young age.

"Just all around gets the brain activated, motivated, gets kids thinking," said Salazar.

If you haven’t picked up your four-year-olds copy of Mouse Mess, it is not too late. One Book 4 Colorado will run until May 1st. The books are available at all Mesa County Libraries.



 
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