Wanted: The World's Next Great Children's Author

Jul 07, 2011, 14:45 ET from First Book

Deadline Approaching for the Cheerios New Author Contest

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Do you have a great idea for a children's story that you'd like to share with millions of readers?  The annual Cheerios® New Author Contest is searching for the next great children's book author, and there are less than two weeks left to enter!

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The contest is a part of the Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories program, which encourages millions of parents to read with their children, and benefits First Book, a national nonprofit that distributes new books to children in need. Through First Book, Cheerios donates thousands of books to children from low-income families each year.

Each year, one winning submission is published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and featured inside millions of Cheerios® cereal boxes throughout the nation.

The 2009 contest winner was Laurie Isop of Renton, Wash., whose book How Do You Hug a Porcupine? appeared in three million specially-marked boxes of Cheerios® cereal this spring and will be available in bookstores on July 26.

You can read about Laurie's experiences with the contest on the First Book blog.

If you have a great a story that you'd like to share with children ages three to eight, please visit www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com to find out how to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted until July 15, 2011.

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First Book has distributed more than 80 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and the elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

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