Are you creative? Have you ever thought about publishing your own children’s book? Through its annual New Author Contest, Cheerios® cereal will award one Grand Prize Winner a $5,000 cash prize and a possible publishing deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in addition to having his or her book featured inside Cheerios cereal boxes nationwide.
Founded on the belief that reading is a key building block for learning and life, the Cheerios New Author Contest encourages ambitious authors to write and submit an original story, in either English or Spanish, suitable for children ages three to eight. The contest, which is an extension of the Spoonfuls of Stories program, is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the whole child and connecting families by fostering a shared love of reading.
Laurie Isop won the literary lottery when she was named Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Cheerios New Author Contest. This spring, Laurie’s book How Do You Hug a Porcupine? will be featured in more than three million specially-marked boxes of Cheerios and will also be available in bookstores nationwide beginning this July.
We pretty much have our own personal library at this point. I am a huge advocate of encouraging literacy in children…so I buy books–lots of books! I am not sure we have ever found a children’s book that we have not liked! Laurie’s book is just too cute. We have read it so often that my 5 year old now can almost tell me the entire story!
I am not sure I have what it takes to write a story but I think my boys might be little authors-to-be! Those who want to follow in Laurie’s footsteps and think they have the “write” stuff can visit the Spoonfuls of Stories Contest page through July 15, 2011 to find out more.
The folks at Cheerios are giving one I Heart Saving Money reader a prize pack that includes a box of Cheerios with Laurie Isop’s book inside, as well as a “create-your-own” book kit for kids that contains two hard cover books and all the necessary materials to creatively fill the pages inside, including story starter ideas and colored pencils.
Entry is simple! You just need to answer the question below! You can gain up to 2 bonus entries for doing each additional item listed (just make sure that you leave one entry for each one — up to a total of 3 comments.) As a reminder, comments left on Facebook, Twitter or other posts will not be included. I will choose one winner on Monday 5/2 around 11pm.
1. What do you think makes a children’s book timeless?
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the folks at Cheerios through MyBlogSpark. They provided information and prize packages for me and my winner. All comments and opinions are my own!