Recently the US News & World Reports released the High School Rankings for each state. I was appalled at some of the numbers for certain areas of the country. While it is no secret that low-income school districts typically have lower scores than high-income areas, it amazes me year after year that many schools have a reading proficiency rating of less than 2.5%.
Forty-two percent of children in the United States – more than 30 million – live in low-income households and don’t have age-appropriate books at home or at school.
It is upsetting that children are passed through the school system year after year and cannot read or write as they enter high school. And in many cases,they still can’t at their high school graduation.
Cheerios continues to lead the fight against illiteracy. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories® program.
Cheerios is distributing six million bilingual children’s books from award-winning authors free inside cereal boxes. Cheerios is also giving 50,000 children’s books and $300,000 to First Book, an award winning literacy non-profit.
Worms, monsters, zebras and hippopotamuses are only a few of the imaginative children’s book characters to appear in specially marked Cheerios® this year. I received a few of this year’s books and my kids and I loved them. I was a little disappointed they didn’t do the Author contest this year but then again, how can you be disappointed when you receive a children’s book written by Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison.
This year’s books are all from award-winning authors and appropriate for ages 3-8. They include:
- Peeny Butter Fudge, by Toni and Slade Morrison
- Mostly Monsterly, by Tammi Sauer
- Noodle & Lou, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
-If I Were a Jungle Animal, by Amanda Ellery
- Hello Baby, by Mem Fox
- Can I Just Take a Nap?, by Ron Rauss
Fusspot really liked Noodle & Lou. When I was done reading it she tried to absorb everything it had to offer by eating it. The illustrations are very colorful. She kept staring at them as I read.
So, go buy a specially marked box of Cheerios today and share a few moments with a child by bonding over the characters in these great stories.
To learn more about Spoonfuls of Stories or to donate to First Book, go here.
*By texting Books2Kids to 20222, a $5 donation will be made (and will appear on the primary subscriber’s cell phone bill), providing two new books to a child in need. Standard messaging rates will apply.
Disclaimer: I received several of the in-pack books from Cheerios. No other compensation was received. All opinions are mine and were not influenced in any way.
i just received my advanced copy of Beth Aldrich’s new book, REAL MOMS LOVE TO EAT and I’m already hooked. Any nutrition expert that requires me to eat Dark Chocolate every day in an effort to lose weight has my immediate attention and devotion.
Like Beth, I too love food. And I don’t do well with having to give up food that I love and replace it with cardboard tasting alternatives. To me, loosing weight is just not worth dreading mealtimes.
The entire first chapter is pretty much dedicated to the concept of having a love affair with food and enjoying every aspect of food – from the sound of a sizzling cheeseburger to the smell of a ripe melon. We are
encouraged required to eat only what we desire.
So, I am giving you an assignment – actually this is Beth’s directive in chapter 1. What kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t pass along the first assignment in her book to help us all drop some pounds?
This Week, Do Five Things:
1. Start each day with a green smoothie.
The magic of the smoothie is its ability to hide nourishing ingredients that you might not normally eat . . . and it can still taste like fruit or chocolate! The green in a smoothie comes from healthy raw greens, whether you buy them in powder form or throw a handful of fresh greens into the blender. You can gradually increase the amount of greens until your body and taste buds adjust.
2. Eat one ounce of dark chocolate every day. It’s an assignment!
In case this one requires more convincing – The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation. The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may raise good cholesterol. Women who eat chocolate live a year longer, on average, than those who don’t. Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites (maybe we should all just move to Mexico). Recent studies all over the news say that a small amount of dark chocolate every day may actually reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
3. Drink four glasses of fresh, pure water every day.
Water keeps all our systems running, and it is also a key to clear thinking, great skin, and de-bloating.
4. For dinner every night, make sure your meal contains two naturally green things, one naturally red thing, and one naturally yellow thing. (No, a bag of Skittles doesn’t count.)
If you add a salad to your meal every day, you can check this off your to-do list easily. Beth recommends that you top your salad with tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, red onions, green beans, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, green onions, or maybe even a tablespoon of corn.
5. Each day, eat one portion of something you really, really desire, no matter what it is.
I’m pretty sure I’ll skip #1 but the others I can at least try to accomplish.
If you haven’t already ran to the nearest book store or Amazon.com to pick up a few of Keri Smith’s books, such as How To Be An Explorer Of The World or Wreck This Journal, then you’re still in luck to get a free copy. These books will definitely liven up your kids (and yours) summer.
Chase away those summer boredom blues and check out these books. I have 2 packages to send to 2 winners(1 package each).
Prize Pack 1 includes:
- Wreck This Journal
- How To Be An Explorer Of The World
Prize Pack 2 includes:
- Wreck This Journal
- This Is Not A Book
How to Enter:You can complete as many of these as you want. Leave a comment for each completed task. Please follow instructions; I will delete invalid entries.
Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is June 24, 2011 @ 11pm EST, at which time a winner will be chosen using random.org.
The Fine Print: Current subscribers/followers are eligible too. Open to US residents only. Include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Disclosure: I received several copies of Keri Smith’s books at no charge to review and several to giveaway. No other compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are my true opinions based on my experience or the experience of my testers and was in no way influenced by anyone else.