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Jackson Hole Author Lynn Friess Wins Mom´s Choice Award March 15, 2012

Jackson, Wyoming – March 15, 2012 – Jackson Hole author Lynn Estes Friess has won a 2012 Mom’s Choice Award (MCA) for her picture book, Carl Discovers Wildlife Art (Mariposa Ranch Press, 2010)Written by Friess and illustrated by noted landscape and wildlife artist John Potter, Carl Discovers Wildlife Art received the award in the category “Children’s Picture Books” in the annual awards, which  recognize authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Author Friess, a grandmother of 10, avid art collector and close friend and supporter of the Jackson Hole-based National Museum of Wildlife Art, wrote Carl Discovers Wildlife Art as an engaging way to introduce children to wildlife art and the museum.  The Carl title, originally published in 2010, is the first in a four-part series.  The second book, Carl and the Mysterious Nibbler, was released in 2011.  Proceeds from the Carl books help sponsor programs, exhibits and operating support for the museum.

“I love these books,” says National Museum of Wildlife Art Curator of Education Jane Lavino.  “They offer a fabulous introduction to our art, and they also advocate for literacy. Carl is a voracious reader with piles of books in his home that he uses to figure things out. What a great role model!”

MCA selects its honorees through careful evaluation by an esteemed panel of judges that includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, medical professionals, authors and others.  According to the MCA, “The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.”  For more information on the MCA and this year’s honorees, visit http://www.MomsChoiceAwards.com.

Carl Discovers Wildlife Art is Friess’s second book for kids.  She won a 2011 Mom’s Choice Award for her first picture book, Western Lullaby, which also won a 2011 Gold Independent Publisher Book Award (“IPPY”).

Media Contact: Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org

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