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One Book, One Denver to hold various free events; what are your favorite children’s books?

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I am a huge advocate of reading. One of my earliest memories is snuggling up in my yellow canopied bed, pinning my little brother down, and reading Alice in Wonderland to him for hours.

Upon further reflection, he may not share the same fond memories.

I started attending storytime at the library when my daughter was six months old. It was initially more of a lifeline to get out of the house and socialize with other moms but it soon became part of our weekly routine.

That’s why I was thrilled to learn that the Denver Preschool Program (DPP), in partnership with the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the support of Kaplan Early Learning Company, have presented the first ever preschool-aged book selection in cooperation with the ongoing One Book, One Denver program.

[photopress:chairformother.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Basically, this new initiative aims to inspire parents, grandparents and other caregivers across the Denver community to take an active role in their children’s academic success by reading together. To help families foster a love of reading early in a child’s life, several community reading events will be held for the inaugural selection A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was one of many on the committee that chose this year’s Preschool One Book, One Denver book, which is a Caldecott Honor book.

For additional information and a calendar of events on Preschool One Book, One Denver that includes a meet-up with the author Vera Williams, please visit their Web site.

What were some of your favorite books as a child? What books have your children enjoyed throughout the years?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Kari January 22, 2009

    Alice in Wonderland was definitely one of my favorites as was anything Dr. Seuss.

  • comment avatar Kari January 22, 2009

    P.S. As I got older, I really loved the Encyclopedia Brown books. Basically, they had multiple endings and you could choose the one you wanted. I don’t know if they’re still around!

  • comment avatar Brandy January 22, 2009

    One of my faves as a little kid was “Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like.” The Asian-themed art is beautiful. My little girl’s current favorite is Seuss’ “Hop on Pop.” She cries out “noo, Pat, noooo” when Pat almost sits on the cactus, and it warms my heart every time.

  • comment avatar candace January 22, 2009

    I love the idea of this program! In a previous life, I helped get books into children’s hands who may have not had the opportunity. Hat’s off to DPP for implementing this!

  • comment avatar candace January 22, 2009

    P.S. My kids LOVE Sandra Boynton’s books, especially BARNYARD DANCE.

  • comment avatar Terra January 22, 2009

    THE GIVING TREE….I read it til the book fell apart.

  • comment avatar Lori January 22, 2009

    My son loves Richard Scarry books, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Pigs over Colorado, Pigs over Denver, and Pigs over Boulder!

  • comment avatar Lisa January 22, 2009

    Fancy Nancy is my daughters fav, The Pout Pout Fish is my son’s. I personally love I’m gonna to like me by Jamie Lee Curtis

  • comment avatar Holly January 23, 2009

    Anything by Lane Smith cracks me up. Try The Hocky Family. Hilarious dry humor for mommy’s entertainment.

  • comment avatar Mary January 23, 2009

    Small Brown Dog’s Bad Remembering Day; Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Bed; and Corduroy

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