Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cheerios Spoonful of Stories

My Blog Spark is working with Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Program, which focuses on the importance of children reading and the value of having parents and their children read together.

Over the past seven years, Cheerios Spoonful of Stories has given away more than 35 million children's books by distributing them free inside cereal boxes and has donated nearly $ 3 million to First Book, their non- profit partner, which provides books to children for low- income families. In addition to encouraging children to read, Cheerios is looking for anyone interested in writing children's books. Now in it's third year, the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories New Author Contest is a way to encourage previously unpublished, up-and-coming children's book authors and to continue to nurture a love of reading. Entries are being accepted March 16 through July 15,2009 and will be judged on appropriate story and content for children ages 3-8, emotional connection, writing quality, uniqueness, and read-aloud potential. More details of the contest can be found at the website Spoonful of Stories Contest.


Shellie Braeuner, the first years winner, won for her book " The Great Dog Wash". This nanny from Nashville won a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have her book reviewed by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing. Simon and Schuster offered Shellie a book deal-and will publish her book, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, in hardcover this summer. In addition, Cheerios will be featuring "The Great Dog Wash" free inside 1.5 million boxes of Cheerios. The book has been specially printed in paperback in both English and Spanish.


Cheerios is also announcing the winners of the second New Author Contest:


- Lori Degman of Vernon Hills, IL., won the top prize for her story, "1 Zany Zoo." In addition to winning a $5,000 cash prize from Cheerios, Degman earned the opportunity to have her book reviewed by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing. Simon and Schuster has since offered Degman a book deal, her book is expected to be released in 2010, initially in paperback distributed inside Cheerios boxes, and later in hardcover sold in the market.


Cheerios also named two runners-up in the contest: Tameka Fryer Brown, of Charlotte, N.C., for her story " I'm Not Eating That!" and Joan Stradling, of Star Valley, AZ., for her story, "Who Invites a Pig to Dinner?". Both Brown and Stradling will receive a cash prize of $ 1,000 from Cheerios.


Are you or someone you know an aspiring children's book author? Enter the Contest!


My kids love to be read too. My oldest daughter loves to read to all of us now that she has learned to read. We all really enjoyed these books so much! They have definitely been added to our rotation of bedtime stories! Their favorite is the book, " When Dinosaurs Came With Everything".


WIN IT!

I have a complimentary Spoonful of Stories gift set to giveaway to one of my readers, thanks to My Blog Spark! To enter, you must Answer one of the following questions(these are a must to be entered, read on for how you can earn even more entries!):

1. How often do you read with your children?

2. What is your favorite Children's book?

3. If you could be a character from a children's book, who would it be?


Extra Entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link in a comment.

2. Tweet about this giveaway on twitter, leaving me the link in a comment

3. Follow my blog and leave a comment letting me know.

4. Follow me on twitter, just click the Follow me button my blog, leave me a comment with your twitter name so I know you are following me!
Books are in English and Spanish. CONTEST ENDS SATURDAY JUNE 27TH!

50 comments:

Cheryl Hillman said...

This sounds really neat.

I try to read to my kids everynight.

jamnsfld76 said...

We try to read together everyday, but well it doesn't always happen. If I could be a character in a book it would be the little boy in John Lithgow's book I'm a Manatee, so I could swim w/ the manatees.

jamnsfld76 said...

I am a follower or your blog. :)

Cyn said...

My favorite children's book is Ramona Quimby Age 8. I loved that book as a kid.

LuvnLife00 said...

I follow

LuvnLife00 said...

We try to read every night. We are not always successful with that though.

Candice said...

What a great giveaway!! Aiden loves for me to read to him before bedtime or anytime for that matter. I try to read to him everynight before bed but on occasions it does not happen. Our favorite book to read together is called The Biggest Bear by Adam Relf. Super cute book!

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Tori :) said...

I love the book "Put Me in the Zoo" and "Because A Little Bug Went KaChooO!"

Tori :) said...

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Colleen said...

I read to my daughter every day, especially dr seuss books.

Colleen said...

I am now following.

Heather said...

We read to my two year old every day. Usually before naps and always before bedtime. :)

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valerie2350 said...

we read daily :)

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DJ said...

We read everyday, his favorite book is The Giving Tree.

Anissa said...

My favorite children's book is "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (I hope the movie version does it justice!)

Staci said...

I read with my chil;dren every day! We read before bed EVERY night! My son loves his bedtime stories and never misses them! We often read through out the day aswell! If they bring me a book I will read it :)

Staci said...

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Danetta said...

We find time everyday to read, usually at bedtime but sometimes even during the day. My favorite childrens book has always been The Poky Little Puppy.
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Tamara B. said...

I read to my children every night, Their favorite books are the Dr. Suess books, and if I could be a character out of a book it would be Winnie The Pooh.

Sylvia said...

I have so many favorite books--the best one is "little Women"
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Kathryn said...

I read to my son every morning when he gets up and every night before bed, as well as a few random books throughout the day. And as far as he's concerned, that's not nearly often enough!

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Anonymous said...

I read to my children atleast twice a day most everyday. We are huge book lovers in my house. If I could be any character in a book it would be Peter Pan. A favorite book is Bambi.

JDSG

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.:sommersclan:. said...

My son and I like to read every morning and night. We like to read Thomas stories...well anything with trains really. I would love to be cinderalla...gotta love the classics

Kristie said...

I read to my kids twice a day (and sometimes more often.)

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jeanine said...

We read together every night and usually at least once during the day as well.

Darcy said...

We read together every night.

Darcy said...

I follow.

Wu said...

I love it! We read together every day!

dag888888 said...

My favorite is Nancy Willard's Pish Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch!

dag888888 said...

I subscribe by google reader!

Alice H said...

I read with my son every day - we're doing our local library's summer reading program so 15 minutes in the afternoon and then a book at night. Thanks for the chance! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Alice H said...

I just became a follower! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Jessica said...

I read to my boys every night before bed.
jessmy13(at)yahoo(dot)com

plb8156 said...

I read to my kids everyday. Some of my all time faves are Are you my mother? Goodnight Moon & I will Love you forever
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plb8156 said...

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jceko77 said...

I read with my children at least once a day
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tina said...

i read to my kids every night i read then my husband reads so they get two books a night thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina said...

i follow thanks eaglesforjack@gmail.com

dctm said...

We read to our children daily

Christie
dctm at bellsouth dot net

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