First Lady Carol Mead has partnered with several corporate sponsors to provide a copy of her second children’s book, Blazing Wyoming Bonnets, to fourth graders throughout Wyoming.
“Advancing early childhood literacy has been and continues to be a passion of mine,” Mrs. Mead said. “Putting books into the hands of Wyoming’s children provides an opportunity to cultivate a love for reading and to establish a habit of reading at home.”
Mrs. Mead wrote Blazing Wyoming Bonnets, co-authored and illustrated by Centennial artist, Melanie O’Hara, to celebrate some of the trailblazing women in Wyoming’s history. The book features 25 women with ties to Wyoming, from its territory days to the present. Full-color illustrations, rhyming poetry and brief biographical sketches bring to life the contributions of these women to our state and its history.
“I am grateful for the generosity of our corporate partners, which makes it possible to share this book with fourth graders in every Wyoming county,” said Mrs. Mead. “Their commitment to education and childhood literacy is having a very real impact in our state.”
Sponsoring companies are: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center/ Cheyenne Children’s Clinic, Ciner Wyoming, CIGNA Healthcare, Genesis Alkali, Puma Steel, Tata Chemicals, Union Pacific, Warehouse Twenty-One, and Xanterra Parks and Resorts.
Over 7,500 copies of Blazing Wyoming Bonnets will be distributed to fourth graders through individual school districts this fall.