Free Copies of "The Little Red Fort" Available for 4-Year-Olds in WPS
One Book Colorado's book of the year, “The Little Red Fort” will soon be available in English and Spanish to every four-year-old in Westminster Public Schools.
Across Colorado, 75,000 children will receive a copy of the book as part of One Book Colorado, now in its ninth year. WPS will begin distributing the books in the first week of November. Details of the distribution plan are being finalized. The program is a privately funded collaboration among Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Denver7, Mile High United Way and public and military libraries across the state. Additionally, Denver Public Libraries joined as the program’s virtual event partner for 2020.
The book tells the story of a girl named Ruby, who finds some old boards and decides to create something special. The book is described as having “sprightly text and winsome pictures.”
The program's creators believe that early access to reading materials is critical if students are to become lifelong learners. Research has shown that more than one in three children begin kindergarten without the required learning skills to succeed in school.
It is also critically important that parents read with their children.
The state has created a new website, ReadWithMe.Today that provides tips and resources that can help parents make reading a part of their child’s daily routine.