FAPA Gold Medal Added to the Cover – Thank you, Kalpart!

Thank you Kalpart for adding the new FAPA Gold Medal Award to the cover of David’s ADHD

Below is a favorite Review:

David’s ADHD – Feathered Quill Review…

By: Sherrill S. Cannon
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld

Author Sherrill S. Cannon tackles an important and timely subject in her latest children’s book, David’s ADHD.

Readers meet David in his classroom where all the students are attentively listening to their teacher. All the students except David. Instead of listening, David is distracted by his pencil. Throughout the day, David has problems in and out of class. He can’t sit still and he easily gets angry and frustrated. David shoves and plays too rough and his behavior was having an impact on those around him too.

Written in an easy flowing rhyme that children will happily follow along with, the book explains what ADHD is, and how to recognize it in others and themselves:

Everyone thought he was out of control;
His angry resentment was taking its toll.
The kids wouldn’t play with him; he was too rough.
He’d push and he’d shove, and he’d grab at their stuff.
Nobody liked him or wanted him near,
And he seemed to be getting worse, year after year.

David’s ADHD doesn’t sugarcoat the issue, but it also handles the topic with care and understanding. In the story, David’s parents realize that something is wrong so they take their son to the doctor. Once they have a diagnosis, David now has options for dealing with his ADHD. The author explains (all in rhyme) how some people need to take medicine, others find having schedules to follow helps, while still others might have a therapist to teach coping skills.

I was interested in reading/reviewing this book primarily because my son, now grown, was diagnosed with ADHD back in elementary school and I wanted to see how the author would tackle the subject. After reading the book, I suspect Ms. Cannon has worked with children with ADHD because she covered all the issues/solutions surrounding ADHD that we experienced. Those solutions include using a computer keyboard to type out classroom work, to following a strict schedule as well as having simple rules to follow. She also makes it clear that ADHD is something that must be dealt with every day:

He copes with ADHD day after day.
He knows it may possibly not go away.

While presenting all the obstacles surrounding ADHD and ways of treating it, the book stays very positive. Children who may be struggling with ADHD will certainly see themselves in David and be encouraged at how he deals with his anger and hyperactivity. The book is also an excellent tool to teach all schoolchildren about those in their own classroom who may exhibit signs of ADHD so that they can better understand and help their classmates.

Quill says: Another winner from author Sherrill S. Cannon, this time on a topic that impacts so many children, and their families. David’s ADHD should definitely find a place in every school library to help children with ADHD as well as to educate children who know someone with ADHD so that they can better understand, and interact, with their classmate(s). For more information on David’s ADHD, please visit the publisher’s website at: sbprabooks.com/sherrillscannon

Great 5-Star Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

I am thrilled with this lovely 5-Star review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book. Thank you so much to Christine Cazes


Do you need a “Peter” in your house to stop your children from whining? Sherrill S. Cannon’s coloring book, “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” is sure to solve the problem! This is a delightful lyrical story written in rhyme that truly engages young children. Peter, a small rabbit, resembles many children who want to be the boss and whine until they get their own way. This adorable award-winning story warns, “If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear that the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here.”
Children, like Peter, learn that they don’t want to live with the old Whimper-Whineys “in a land far away, where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.” They will smile, laugh, and eventually agree that it would be unpleasant to live with “men with no manners” who whine and cry all day long.
As a reading specialist, mother, and grandmother, I highly recommend this book that teaches children the valuable skill of rhyming and reinforces the message that whining is undesirable. With the coloring book version of “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys,” children get the opportunity to visit a page for a longer period of time while they exercise their imagination and color the illustrations. In the end, they can take ownership of the book and personalize its message. This book is a “must” for every child’s library!

How nice to have a Reading Specialist endorse this book in such a lovely way!  This is the original best-selling Peter and the Whimper-Whineys children’s bookwith the illustrations traced so that they are colorable.  Give the young budding artists in your family a chance to illustrate the book their own way!  (I’d love to see some of the masterpieces, if you’d care to share!!)

David’s ADHD Wins Gold in the FAPA President’s Awards

So thrilled to attend a Zoom Presentation for the Winners of the 2020 FAPA Awards and discover that David’s ADHD was awarded the GOLD Medal in the Children General category.

Gold Medal Winner

They had a lovely slide show prepared, having previously requested photos of authors holding their award winning books.  The finalists in each category had been announced earlier, but the Award Placements were not revealed until last evening!  What fun to find out that David’s ADHD had been awarded the GOLD!!

David’s ADHD has now won 11 awards: David is one the “Classroom of Kids,” who manages his ADHD with the help of classmates. Friends from previous books are featured. In fact, David has been part of the class for a long time! The book has also received a Gold Medal in the Book Excellence Awards, 1st Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards School Issues plus HM in Special Needs/Disability Awareness,  two Silver Medals for both Children’s Early Readers and Poetry from Feathered Quill Book Awards, Winner of Barefoot Librarian Award as well as Silver Medal for Early Readers from Reviewer’s Choice Awards, a Bronze Medal in the eLit Book Awards, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and is a Story Monsters Approved Winner!

ISBN: 978-1-950860-43-2 – $12.50



David’s ADHD Has Updated Cover – Thank You, Kalpart!

Winner of 11 Awards

Thanks to my awesome illustrator Kalpart for adding the Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Winner Award in School Issues to the David’s ADHD Cover

I also received notification from Story Monsters Ink that my photo holding the 2 Purple Dragonfly Awards is now listed on their website as well…  David’s ADHD also won an Honorable Mention in Special Needs/Disability Awareness.

Here is the Link to the Awards: Purple Dragonfly Winners

Winner of 2 Awards


Purple Dragonfly Awards for David’s ADHD

I was asked to send a photo of me holding my awards from the Purple Dragonfly Awards for children’s books… David’s ADHD was honored with two awards!!  1st Place for School Issues plus an H.M. for Special Needs/Disability Awareness.  This award is sponsored by Story Monsters LLC and will be included in their Back to School issue…!

Thank You Note from Cecilia and Thomas

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

One of my favorite fans is Cecilia, who is 7 years old and refers to me as “the girl who writes books for me“…  She was delighted to receive a copy of my newest release, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book as well as a copy for her little brother, Thomas.  (It is difficult to “share” a coloring book!!)

I received this lovely thank-you note:




Lovely Feathered Quill Review for the Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book 

Review by Feathered Quill Book Reviews

By: Sherrill S. Cannon

Illustrated by: Kalpart

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Publication Date: June 2020 – ISBN: 978-1-952269-68-4

Reviewed by: Holly Connors  –  Review Date: July 2020 

Prolific, and very successful, children’s book author Sherrill S. Cannon is at it again, with another fun and engaging adventure, but with a twist…this one isn’t just a great story, but also a coloring book. 

Peter is a cute little rabbit, living in a house near the woods with his mother and sister. While he’s adorable, he does have a problem – he complains about everything. He whines, he gets grumpy, and he cries. Nothing seems to make him happy. At dinner that night, he complains about his sister having more soup, more jelly for her roll, and gosh darn it, it just wasn’t right. 

Peter’s mother had already warned him that if he kept up his grumpy attitude, the “Whimper-Whineys” would come looking for him. 

“If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear That the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here. You’ll go live with them in a land far away, Where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.” 

The little rabbit didn’t listen to his mother and soon he was sent to his room to sulk and think about his poor attitude. Looking out the window, he wished he was in the woods beyond his home. Instantly, he was transported into the woods where he soon met…a Whimper-Whiney. Peter was about to learn just what being a whiner was all about from a group of woodland men who were nothing short of professional whiners. Would Peter learn that complaining about everything was not a good way to live one’s life? 

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is based on a story the author’s mother told her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. With the urging of her own children, Sherrill Cannon worked her magic to bring the story of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys to life in a very imaginative way. The story is lighthearted, and the author has mastered the very difficult technique of telling a story in rhyme without the text feeling forced – not an easy feat! While once again partnering with Kalpart for the illustrative work, the difference with this book is that the pictures aren’t colored, but rather simple line-drawings, leaving the coloring up to the child’s imagination. The added coloring activity will likely spark more creative play around the concept of Whimper-Whineys and the negative impact of complaining all the time. 

Quill says: Peter learns a big lesson in his adventure with the Whimper-Whineys, a lesson that he wants to share with others. It’s a lesson that your kids will love learning, while they color each page. 

Christmas in July? Finally, a book that ties two holiday traditions into one inspirational tale of wonder – as Santa brings gifts to baby Jesus

Christmas Gifts are Birthday Gifts for Jesus

“Christmas in July” should include the story of Santa’s Birthday Gift – which is what Santa gives, not gets!

Winner of 2 Awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Silver Award and the 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award.  Santa’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story.

When I read a story of the Nativity to my grandchild, she looked at me and asked, “But where’s Santa?”  That is how this story came to be – first relating a simple story of the Nativity, and then relating how Santa saw the star and became a part of the story.  Since Santa is essentially the “Spirit of Christmas”, this story remains true – even as a child gets older.  One of my favorite “reviews” is a note shared by a mother who said that after her child read the story she said, “Now I get it!”

“Santa’s Birthday Gift takes two Christmas stories & combines them in one story book…Too often we allow Santa to be the main focus of Christmas…clearly demonstrates that Santa gives gifts in honor of Jesus birthday…The rhyming is sure to catch the attention of your child…to become a family favorite” – Readers Favorite

“…a wonderfully crafted story that explains both the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus’ spirit of gift giving…written with such skill …The traditional nativity story re-told in simple terms that most every child would understand. This story will become a part of your Christmas tradition; it is that good and that inspiring” – Kid Lit Reviews

Here are several other reviews on amazon:

What a lovely children’s book. I received this as a gift and voluntarily chose to review it. I’ve given it a 5* rating. Plenty of graphics to draw children’s eyes but the story is told in a rhyming fashion that I loved. This story draws Santa into the birth of Jesus story. Can hardly wait to share this with my grandchildren.

ISBN 978-1-60860-824-9   – $11.50


Manner-Man is a Superhero!!

Manner-Man – to the Rescue!!

Manner-Man the Superhero

Winner of 10 awards: Winner of the 2014 CLIPP Principals’ Award, the KART Kids Book List, the Reviewers Choice Award, Los Angeles Book Festival, Global eBook Silver Medal; as well as a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal, National Indie Excellence Finalist, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and H.M. in the London Book Fair and Rebecca’s Reads Awards.

Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies,and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero. ISBN: 978-1-62212-478-7 –  $12.50


Manner-Man is the third book in my Manners Trilogy, following The Magic Word and Gimme-Jimmy.

Here is a lovely review from one of amazon”s top reviewers

Customer Review


Manner-Man was the recipient of the prestigious CLIPP Book Awards for Grades K-2 – voted on by school principals throughout the United States.  Here is the CLIPPA Release for the Award

National release

Sherrill Cannon and P.J. Hartenaus Named Winners of

2014 Principals’ Award for Independently Published Children’s Literature

Branford CT, Oct 1, 2014 – The 2014 Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Awards (CLIPPA) were announced today.  Sherrill S. Cannon of New Hope PA was selected as winner of the top award in the Grades K-2 category for her book Manner-Man. P.J. Hartenaus of Glen Ellyn, IL was chosen in the Grades 3-4 Category for her book, My Sometimes Pal.

The CLIPPA honors outstanding children’s books that offer fun, learning and creativity and were self-published by independent authors.  Entries were judged by elementary school principals, educators and children’s authors for originality, learning quality and use of language standards.

The award-winning books were selected from 10 finalists – five in each category.

Manner-Man features a super hero who teaches children to share, be polite and make friends.  He shows up to helps resolve conflicts, lays out “polite rules” for kids to follow and addresses bullying situations and ways to deal with them. The judges said: “The rhyming and repetitive nature of the text was entertaining – kids will love it!” and called it “A useful book for parents, teachers and kids.” 

 My Sometimes Pal, which was inspired by Hartenaus’ visit to the Belden School, an abandoned one-room schoolhouse built in 1859, teaches young readers about life in the late 1800s, while also addressing the topic of bullying. The judges said the book “…paints a picture for the reader of what life was like in the mid-1800s” and it offers “Good lessons about friendships, communication, family roles and standing up for yourself and your values.”

 Cannon is a retired teacher and author of six children’s book. Hartenaus is a fifth grade teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Manner-Man is also fun to read aloud to students, asking them to repeat the phrase “I am strong and my flash is bright, and I will defend you and make things all right!” 

The conclusion is…“And always remember your hero’s inside…”