Thus far in 2016, Reach Out and Read Colorado has collected over 114,000 gently used books for our 300+ clinics throughout the state. These books have been donated by over 115 individual donors, ranging from schools to local businesses to individuals. These greatly loved, gently used books help create a literacy-rich environment in a clinic’s waiting room, complete with a stocked bookshelf filled with stories for children of all ages, and extend the message of literacy beyond the exam room.
One of our recent donors, Tagawa Gardens, hosted a children’s book drive as part of their annual Pumpkin Festival in October. Tagawa Gardens enjoys giving back to their community and reached out to support our organization. In addition to collecting over 100 books, an anonymous donor gifted a 40th-anniversary copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar signed by Eric Carle.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into 62 languages and sold over 41 million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 132 million copies of his books have sold around the world.
Watch as Eric Carle Discusses 40th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!