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Cheerios and children's books

Families buying boxes of Cheerios will find a prize inside -- not a plastic whirligig or sticker set, but a brand-new children's book.

More than 2 million copies of "1 Zany Zoo," published by Simon & Schuster, will be found in boxes nationwide. The book is by first-time author Lori Degman, a Chicago mother who won the 2008 Cheerios New Author Contest. The company has just announced the winner of its 2009 contest -- Laurie Isop's "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?" -- which will appear in cereal boxes next year.

The cereal company has opened up the contest again. Unpublished authors can enter their children's book using an online form; the deadline is July 15. Winners get $5,000 -- and, in 2012, wide, breakfast-time distribution.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Bowl of Cheerios. Credit: yaybiscuit123 via Flickr./

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I love this contest, so wonderful to encourage authors and children at the same time. Just another reason to love Cheerios! After 11 years my kids still love them :)

Sorry Carolyn, but couldn't help but be charmed that *you* were reporting this one...

Yes, I learned to embrace Post and General Mills breakfast products long ago. Sadly, I'm not from the cereal branch of the Kelloggs.


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