Finding a Way to Spread the Word with Cheerios

I could have said “Finding a Way to Spread the Word with Jon Scieszka” but I’m not gonna lie. Jon has been hanging about here at Finders and Keepers so much, I’m thinking of renaming the blog.

BUT, the man has been busy. Now he’s teamed up with Cheerios and First Book to distribute 100,000 books to kids in need around this great country. And on this day before Thanksgiving, I thought it might be nice to lend a hand and spread the word.

I’m so grateful that I always had books in my house when I was growing up. I remember that my mother ordered an entire set of children’s books for me when I was a wee, little girl. My favorite book was A Pickle for a Nickel. I’m not sure that book could be found now, but it was definitely a keeper. My mom didn’t keep those childhood books of mine, but I’ve kept several¬† (okay, TONS) of kid’s books, including quite a few of Jon Scieszka’s. There will always be children’s books in my house, even if the children are all grown up.

And I’d love to see children in Georgia get tons of books, too. But honestly, I’m happy for any state to get these books. So get over to the Cheerios 100,000 Books Giveaway and play the trivia game to determine which five states will get the books. I played my fingers off, and I’m not gonna lie. I scored pretty high!

Finding Keeper Jon, um, Scieska? Sciezka?

Okay, give me a minute here to check on this spelling…Jon Scieszka. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Sheesh. That’s a funny name, isn’t it?

Which makes sense, ’cause Jon is a very funny guy. I’ve been reading his books since way back in the day when First Born Hall took a liking to Jon’s first book (what a coincidence!):

little_pigs Thank goodness it made me laugh. ‘Cause I had to read that book about a hundred times. So, it just seemed like a good idea to buy the book instead of paying all those library fines.

Flash forward to this past weekend when I read that Jon S. ( I mean, really. I can’t be stopping to check that spelling each time.) would be speaking at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. First Born Hall was thrilled!

So thrilled, in fact, that he scrounged through the box with all the picture books and found The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  He wanted Jon S. to sign the book.

But apparently, when it came time to head to the AJC Decatur Book Festival, he couldn’t get ready in time. (Well, he’s only 24. He hasn’t quite mastered that getting up before noon thing yet.) He did meet me at the door with that book, asking me to get it signed.

Excuse me? First of all, hard-working authors want you to buy their new books. They do not want you to bring some book that looks like something the cat dragged in. And secondly, why should I stand in a long line (with some bedraggled book) when I’m going to see the man, upclose and personal?

In the end, Jon S. was so funny and charming, I bought this book:

bookcoverAnd I even asked Jon to sign the book for First Born Hall.¬† And he listened very politely to my whole First Born Hall story, and then added, “Thanks for stopping by!” below the “To Joey” part. Which made me laugh right out loud.

I told you he was funny. And you know what else? He’s kinda funny-looking, too. As you can see in this pic with Cathy-on-a-Stick:

DSC00548But I’d follow him just about anywhere. Reading his books. Even if I can’t spell his name.