Online voting has begun 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.

Online voting has begun 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 http://www.onebook4colorado.org/ 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.

The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book in English or Spanish in order 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.

To see what positive impact this program has, view the outcomes of One Book 4 Colorado 2016 via this infographic: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/ob4co2016infographic.

In its sixth year, One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Lt. 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.

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. Join in the fun by visiting http://www.onebook4colorado.org to watch videos of Colorado community leaders reading the book selections aloud in both English and Spanish, and cast a vote today! And please spread the word in your communities—everyone is welcome to vote!