posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:43 PM by   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:43 PM ]

CHEYENNE, Wyo - First Lady Carol Mead will be signing copies of her children’s book, “Wyoming Firsts,” on July 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Wyoming State Museum and again from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 the Wyoming Products General Mercantile in Old Frontier Town at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Wyoming Firsts: A Children’s Book will be on sale at each book signing location for just $4.95. First Lady Carol Mead plans on launching both hard and soft cover editions of her book this fall. Proceeds go back into the cost of printing, provided by Pioneer Printing in Cheyenne. All other costs associated with the book were made possible through generous donations by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Devon Energy Corporation, FMC Corporation, TransCanada and Union Pacific Railroad.

The artwork submitted by Wyoming high school students depicts many “firsts” that Wyoming is known for including the first woman governor, first national park and other fun facts such as how Wyoming got the nickname, “The Cowboy State.”

The First Lady decided to invite high school art students from around the state to submit illustrations aimed at young children after visiting the Wyoming High School Art Symposium and recognizing the immense talent among Wyoming’s artists. The cover of the book was designed by Cheyenne East student, Sharon Cooper.

First Lady Carol Mead has chosen children’s issues as her primary area of focus. She and Governor Mead believe that children are Wyoming’s greatest asset. To that end, her work is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among kids to make sure they grow up healthy, happy and safe. She believes that reading to your child every day is fundamental to strengthening the parent-child bond, developing emergent literacy skills, and encouraging intellectual curiosity – all keys to becoming a lifelong learner.