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Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories – Review & Contest CLOSED

Cody reads ‘What’s Under The Bed?’

One of the many things I love about Cheerios is their commitment towards reading encouragement.  Cheerios has given away over 40 million books free inside Cheerios boxes in the past eight years.  As a huge proponent of reading… this makes me happy. 

So when I received a free box of Cheerios, five books (where one of each can be found “free” inside Cheerio boxes right now) and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card (Cheerios provided me with the free product, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark), well… I was quite excited. 

My son has read all five books:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Oh, wait… I need to clarify something.  He didn’t read Tea for Ruby, because… duh, it’s for girls.  He did however, let me read it to him – since I am a girl.

My son was VERY excited about the books.  He was happy about the Cheerios too, but he is an avid reader so the books were in his words, “Awesome!”

My son also couldn’t wait to go to Barnes & Noble to use his (yes, it was his) gift card.  And with it he bought Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems and The Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex.

Now, I have some great news for YOU!  If you would like a free box of Cheerios, the 5 books and your own $25 Barnes & Noble gift card… here’s your chance.  All you need to do is leave a comment sharing with me what your story time ritual is with your children.

If you would like more chances to win, you can:

Just remember to leave a seperate comment for each thing you do from the above list.

This contest ends Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm EST.  At that time I will draw a winner using  I will notify you by email and you will have 48 hours to reply.  If you do not respond by that time, a new winner will be drawn.

So don’t miss out on this great prize and Good Luck!  Congratulations to Anna – commenter number 13.

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