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Cheerios in the house! [giveaway closed]

Giveaway at the end of the post!

So, Tebow has graduated to the Cheerios stage of food experimentation. He refuses to eat pureed baby food, so we throw mushy and dissolvable food on his tray. Some of it makes it in his mouth, some of it, not so much.

Last weekend, at my Grandma’s, we gave him Cherrios for the first time. He seemed to like them, picking the pieces of cereal up in his tiny fingers and putting them in his mouth. His six teeth manage to break some, others just fall out in the uncoordinated effort of feeding himself.

Most kids end up eating Cherrios at some point in their lives. One of the things Cherrios tries to do in their mission is not only bring food to kids, but to bring books. The Spoonful of Stories program offers free books inside boxes of Cherrios. Right now you can find one of five books distributed by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

Cherrios sent me, viaMy Blog Spark, a box of Cherrios,all the books from the Spoonful of Stories program, and a Barnes and Noble giftcard to keep feeding our need for more books. I enjoyed passing out the Cherrios to Fuller and Tebow, and Fuller enjoyed listening to the books. Here are the book descriptions (as given by My Blog Spark):

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.

cheerios_spoonfuls_of_storiesTea 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.

As has been posted here before, reading is a big part of our family’s life and one of the biggest joys of teaching Fuller at home. Which is why I’m happy to be a part of spreading the word about the Spoonful of Stories program.

If you want to get a prize pack of the Cheerios, five books, and the Barnes and Noble giftcard (value $25), please leave me a comment telling me about reading to your children, nieces, nephews, young kids in general… I’ll number the comments and use to draw a winner next week, October 27th. Thanks to Cheerios and My Blog Spark for providing such a fun prize! Good luck!

Update October 27, 2009… has been consulted.


Congratulations to Grace! Grace I will be emailing you with more info.

[tags]Cherrios, Spoonful of Stories, giveaway, book giveaway, barnes and noble, reading to children[/tags]


  1. I would love to win the prize pack, Rehema and Henry love cheerios and they love books too. We (Sila and I) love to read books to our two kids. Rehema loves her books so much and one of her favorites is The Gruffalo. She has basically memorized the book and she “reads’ it to Henry. She also reads it to me. Henry will bring a book to me to read for him, but he is only interested in the pictures. but one of the funny things about him is that He loves my Statistics book but it does not have pictures and Rehema lets him know that, that is mommy’s book, but of course he has not idea. To him, its a book. My Dad read to me when I was a child and I am forever grateful to him for that. It put me ahead in my class. That’s our story…grace
    .-= grace´s last blog ..Baby Boy =-.

  2. These sound like worthwhile books. I’m impressed. Go o’s!!

  3. My kids love to read. We read for hours each day. I am so lucky they just start to grab books and ask me to read throughout the day. I was always worried if we were reading enough when they were babies and now that they are three they choose to read one their own. It is just so cool.


  4. Each of my children have their own bookcase where they stash their favorite books. They choose what they want to read and sit by me as we read together. Often they’ll have a favorite book that they’ll want to read over and over and over. This week my son has only wanted to read, “I’m Mighty!” by Kate Mcmullan. We need to take it back to the library soon so we may end up buying our own copy!
    .-= Janelle @ Brimful Curiosities´s last blog ..Full to the Brim – Kid’s Book Giveaway List (10/26/09) =-.

  5. jeremiah is into pirates and we have been reading “I love my pirate papa” “How I became a pirate” and “Pirate’s don’t change diapers” over and over again. nathaniel is into lions so anything with lions is a hit. i am so thankful to have boys who love to read as much as i do!

  6. My daughter is almost 2 and loves Dr. Suess books. She also loves picture books where she can point to something, have me say what it is and she repeats the word. It is sooooo much fun to watch and listen to hear learn.

    My son and I are reading the first Harry Potter book together. He is almost 6 and is a whiz kid. I’m amazed at the comprehension he has.

    Thank you!
    .-= Kim @ What’s That Smell?´s last blog ..The Children’s Place 15% off coupon (in store or online) =-.

  7. I love reading to my children. I began reading to them before they were born and have read to them ever since. I love trying to encourage this love of reading to your children in others. One way I do this is by giving children’s books as baby shower gifts. It is fun seeing pictures of them reading these books to their new babies. :)

  8. We love to read! We have a great routine everynight, where each child gets to pick a book and then we read them aloud. So the kids get read multiple books each night. Plus during the day my kids will frequently bring books to me that we read. I would love to win so I can use the gift card to get my kids more books!

  9. Reading with my two little boys is the best part of my day, every day. I love sharing with them books that were my favorites when I was little, and discovering new authors and stories with them. I remember once when my older son was about two, he made a huge stack of books and came toddling toward me looking so happy and excited about the prospect of reading, reading, reading with Mom. He put the books on the couch, climbed up next to me, settled into my lap, and we read about 20 books, until he fell asleep. So sweet. :)

  10. I loved to read to my children when they were little I loved as each of them learned to read and read to their sibling. I now love to read to my nephews and grandchild and cant wait to watch them do the same with each other

  11. I get such great joy when I read to my boys. Of course, they have their favorites that we read over and over, but the cool thing about that is they start to finish the sentences as you read and they get all excited and I have found this has created such a love of reading for them. Now my 10 1/2 year old and 7 year old love reading and my 4 year old is so excited to learn to read on his own. It’s one of my most favorite times of the day when we get to sit down and read a book or two together!

  12. Hi Grace! Congratulations on winning the giveaway! Can you please send me your address by reply of this email? Thanks for reading,


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