Celeste Jenkins
Nov 01, 2013 • By

Cast your vote for the next great children’s author

Want to choose the next children’s book featured in a Cheerios box?

Online voting in the Cheerios New Author Contest opened today.

The three books are:

-Picking Apples with Daddy

-My Own Moon

-Henry Hyena, Why Won’t You Laugh?

You can read the manuscripts here and pick your favorite.


Voting goes until November 15th.

The winner receives $5,000, a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and most importantly, their book will appear inside specially-marked Cheerios cereal boxes in 2015 as part of the Cheer On Reading program.


This is the 6th year for the contest.

The most recent winner was Celeste Jenkins, for her story, The Lost (and found) Balloon, (she also is pictured above).

Celeste Jenkins

The Cheerios New Author Contest encourages never-before-published authors to write and submit an original story for a book for children between the ages of two and eight.

The three finalists are chosen by judges looking for the appropriateness of the story for children, the emotional connection, writing quality, uniqueness and read-aloud potential.