Lori Degman was the grand prize winner of the 2nd Cheerios® New Author Contest for her story, "1 Zany Zoo". Degman, her husband and two sons live in Vernon Hills, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She grew up in Willmette, Ill., and attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., graduating with a degree in deaf education, followed by a master's degree in early childhood education from National-Lewis University. Degman started writing for pleasure 17 years ago, and picked it up again in 2007, after her two sons went to college.
Families can get Lori's book, "1 Zany Zoo," FREE inside 2.2 million boxes of Cheerios cereal, starting in spring 2010, while supplies last.