Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spoonfuls of Stories

TOF and I love to read together. I have crates of kids' books, mostly purchased at garage sales, to stimulate his little mind. Picture books, board books, books for the holidays. You name it, we probably have the book here on The Avenue.

Reading is one of the most valuable things you can do for your child (or grandchild), it gives the experience of different types of language, rhythms and sounds. Pre-school children who are exposed to plenty of language (books and conversation) tend to do better in school.

Over the past eight years, Cheerios has given away more than 40 million children’s books by distributing them free inside cereal boxes and has donated $3.2 million to First Book, their non-profit partner, which provides books to children from low-income families. The program is part of Cheerios’ ongoing commitment to helping parents provide their children with a healthy, nutritional and educational foundation.



Beginning this month, Cheerios is again bringing books to the breakfast table, by providing six million children’s books free inside Cheerios boxes. The books are for children ages 3 to 8 years old, and include a brand new book in the popular “Trucktown” series, available only inside Cheerios boxes. And for the first time, all five books have been specially printed in both English and Spanish.

This year’s book offerings from Cheerios – all by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing – are:

Junkyard Fort, written by Jon Scieszka, and illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long and Dave Gordon: Join Gabriella, Jack, Melvin, Ted, Lucy and the other Trucktown characters as they make their own fort, using things found in the junkyard. Ages 4-8.

Tea for Ruby, written by The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser: Wherever Ruby goes, a bit of disaster seems to follow. But one sunny morning, things change when the postman brings Ruby an amazing invitation: would she like to have tea with the Queen? Ruby needs to polish her manners, and quickly. Ages 4-8.

Sleepyhead, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by John Segal: In this rhythmic bedtime story, a cat is the parent and a teddy bear is the child who doesn't want to go to bed. All ready for bed with teeth brushed and story read, Sleepyhead teddy tries anything to prolong his bedtime; books and his quilt provide ample fodder for his imagination. Ages 3-7.

Ballyhoo Bay, written by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Derek Anderson: Mira Bella, an artist who teaches painting and sculpture, loves Ballyhoo Bay and what it offers: sun, sea, sand, and sky. But one gray day a billboard arrives, announcing an impending development that would take all the fun out of the place. Read along to see if Mira Bella and her art can save the day and Ballyhoo Bay! Ages 4–8.

What’s Under the Bed?, written and illustrated by Joe Fenton: Young Fred cannot stop worrying about the scary creature that might be hiding beneath his bed. Finally summoning the courage to peer under his bed, Fred, with his cumbersome glasses, sees that the only thing there is Ted, his friendly Teddy Bear! Ages 3–7.

Thanks to MyBlogSpark and Cheerios, one of my readers will receive a Spoonfuls of Stories gift pack, which includes a set each of the five Spoonfuls of Stories books, a box of Cheerios, and a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

To enter please leave a comment telling me the title of one of your favorite kids' books, you must do this first. For extra entries: follow my blog, follow me on twitter, or tweet this contest. Leave a separate comment for each one.


I received the above mentioned prize package from Cheerios and MyBlogSpark for this blog post and no other monetary compensation.

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33 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favorite children's book is Goodnight Moon. My kids love all of the Clifford book.

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Anonymous said...

I am a new subscriber via reader.

denise_22315 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

I love books! I can't wait until our new granddaughter is old enough for me to read to her. She's 9 weeks old!

Thanks for the tip about the books!

Kaci said...

El has loved books since she was about 1, I have pictures of her flipping through pages with drool hanging down. So funny. =) She loves princess stories! Cinderella is her favorite.

Tiffany said...

We're like you, we have tons of books. And now that my son is learning to read, he's loving them even more. His favorite book is The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. Leave it to my kid to like spooky books. LOL

Tiffany said...

I also follow you on twitter.

Tiffany said...

And I follow your blog.

Kristine said...

Both of my boys LOVE books. It's nice to know that I've done at least one thing right while raising them!

What a great giveaway by Cheerios!

Kristine said...

Oopps, forgot to do your first requirement so I'll throw it in with my comment that I follow your blog.

Right now I am loving reading the Skippyjon Jones books with/to Noah. There is something about the story and the cadence of it that just begs for funny voices and very silly accents.

Kristine said...

I follow you on Twitter too!

ClistyB said...

I am now craving Cheerios w/sliced bananas.

My fave kid book is...
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes

ClistyB said...

Currently following you on Twitter.
Clistyb@gmail.com

ClistyB said...

RT'd this post.
Clistyb@gmail.com

Queenie Jeannie said...

How awesome - thank you!

Classic Dr. Suess - Green Eggs and Ham! I love reading his books to The Bella!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm a follower!

Michelle said...

Oooo the favorite book is a tough one. We really love Dogzilla. And the Froggy books. And our favorite when they were younger was Moo, Baa, La-la-la!

Michelle said...

And you know I follow you!

Stesha said...

My little ones love "The Cat in the Hat."

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Kathy B! said...

Right now we love the Chronicles of Narnia... we might be a tiny bit past your target audience, though :)

Lynette said...

What’s Under the Bed? as that was always my biggest childhood fear.....btw another SSS popping in

Unknown Mami said...

I love reading to my daughter and she loves being read to. We enjoy, "I love you Stinky Face".

Nap Warden said...

Favorite kiddo book...gotta go with The Little Red Hen. I so relate to her;)

♥georgie♥ said...

the giving tree-shel silverstein...not sure if i am too late lol...thats me tho a day late and dollar short!

♥georgie♥ said...

i to follow

Elizabeth said...

OOO! I'm a huge reader myself, and I know just who would receive the kids' books as a gift! Hope I'm not too late.

Elizabeth said...

Following your blog!

Elizabeth said...

Following you on Twitter!

Elizabeth said...

I did a RT of your Tweet about the contest.

Miz Q said...

Our favorite kids read was "The Monster At the End of this Book" with loveable furry old Grover "DON'T TURN THE PAGE" lol

Miz Q said...

I follow your blog :o)

Miz Q said...

I follow you on twitter :o)

Miz Q said...

I tweeted your contest :o)

Miz Q said...

I tweeted your contest :o)

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