Wyoming Reads, gives a hardback picture book to keep to every Wyoming first-grade student. Over 6,900 books were distributed to first-graders at Wyoming Reads literacy celebrations held across the state in each of Wyoming’s 23 counties. This year’s event took place today, May 17.
Celebrity readers from the community — including First Lady Jennie Gordon — read books to the first graders at these events. The children also enjoy a special fairytale about “The Good Queen Sue,” a tribute to Sue Jorgensen, in whose memory this event was established.
Earlier this year, children had the opportunity to choose which book they would like to receive from the following options:
- Crossings by Katy S. Duffield
- Duck Duck Moose by Mary Sullivan
- I Am Not a Penguin: A Pangolin’s Lament by Liz Wong
- A New Day by Brad Meltzer
- Oh Look, a Cake! by J.C. McKee
- The Truth About Dragons by Jaime Zollars
Wyoming Reads celebrations focus on the joy of reading, highlighted by each child receiving a hardback book with their name printed inside the cover, donated by the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation.
John Jorgensen established the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation in 1996 and founded the Casper Cares, Casper Reads festival to honor his late wife’s commitment to children and reading. The celebration was expanded statewide as Wyoming Reads in 2006.
For more information on Wyoming Reads, visit wyomingreads.org.