Monthly Archives: March 2013

Another 5-Star Review for Manner-Man



A big thank you to Patricia Blackmon for her wonderful review of Manner-Man!

5.0 out of 5 stars Manner-Man is My Hero!, March 27, 2013
This review is from: Manner-Man (Paperback)

We all like heroes and in this book Manner-Man is definitely my hero. He was created for Rob a young boy that was dealing with another boy that was determined to take things away from others. He had bad manner and was on the verge of becoming a bully. What is wonderful about Manner-Man is you can call on him anytime all you do is raise your hand high and call him because the hero is within you, then say, “I am strong, and my flash is bright, and I will defend you and make things all right.” Anyone can do this when they are being bullied or if someone else is being bullied. Teach others about Manner-Man and join his team. In the back of the book there is even a badge for you to wear.

This author gets most of her ideas from her grandchildren and her grandson wanted her to write about with a hero. So what does she do, she writes this wonderful tale of overcoming your fears of being bullied and to encourage others to defend those who are being bullied. I recognized several of the characters from her other books in this story. The illustrations depict the story in bold colors and cute characters.

I highly recommend this book.

It’s all about the children…!



I love reviews that tell me about children’s reactions!!  This is one of my favorites so far:

5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best from Cannon so far!, March 21, 2013
Kim Shaffer (Washington, DC) 
This review is from: Manner-Man (Paperback)

We have all of Cannon’s books in our home, but there is something about this one that sets it apart from the others. The gentle repetition, the way to help others (as opposed to modify one’s own behavior), it is a terrific book. All of her children’s books are wonderful, but this one is special and my daughter (7) and son (4) seem more drawn to it. My son asks for it frequently (he loves the Manner Man motto and can recite it by heart) – every once in a while I get a respite from having to read it every night! It’s a wonderful book that, as with Cannon’s others, teaches children about respect and manners in an approachable way.


Gimme-Jimmy a Finalist in the 2012 Reader Views Awards

Gimme-JimmyI am so thrilled to announce that Gimme-Jimmy has been named one of three Finalists in the 2012 Reader Views Awards, in the Toddler to 5 – Early Reader (6-8) Category.  This is the first award in 2013!!!

According to the announcement, “The winner/placement list will be available March 25th or sooner. We will announce the winners as soon as the final judging is completed.”

The list of finalists can be found at:  2012 Reader Views Finalists

Gimme-Jimmy has also won a 2012 Readers Favorite Silver medal, and a 2012 NABe Pinnacle Award.

Manner-Man includes the names of the 20 Newtown Angels…We must never forget them!


Please Join the Team

I would like to share this note with all of you and would like to thank SBPRA for donating twenty copies of Manner-Man to the families of the Newtown CT “Angels”.  CEO Robert Fletcher added a lovely Letter of Condolences, which I included with each of the personalized hand-signed books.

Letter of Condolences from SBPRA & AMI CEO, Robert Fletcher:

“I wish to offer my sincerest condolences to the families of the Newtown tragedy that occurred recently. Our prayers are with you. Upon request by our author, Sherrill Cannon, we have decided to donate 20 copies of her book which has the names of the 20 children who will never be forgotten.”

The first names of each of the twenty Newtown Angel children are all listed on the Acknowledgements Page of Manner-Man. Please take a moment to remember these children, and never let them be forgotten…

Nice Note about my Blog from GoNannies….

sherrillheader1I received a nice note about my Blog from GoNannies – and I’d like to share their information, since it includes a nice article about sharing – which is the theme of my books!  Sharing is Caring!!

Hi Sherrill,

I work with We recently published an article that you may be interested in entitled, 4 Tips to Foster an Attitude of Sharing”.

I thought perhaps you’d be interested in sharing this article with your readers? After having followed your blog for a while, I feel that this one article would align well with your blog’s subject matter. If interested, here’s the link for your convenience: (

Either way, I hope you continue putting out great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read. Thanks for your time!


Thanks to Kathryn Starke of Creative Minds Publications for sharing The Magic Word

The Magic Word - 6 AwardsI received a lovely note from Kathryn Starke of Creative Minds Publications.

“Hope you’re doing well! Just wanted to take a moment and let you know that I shared Magic Word with a well known preschool in Richmond, VA as I thought it would be the perfect match for their “Manners” unit. It was a hit and well received!”

Kathryn’s website is

A little bit about Kathryn:  “Creative Minds Publications focuses on promoting literacy, as well as creative and educational materials for children that motivate children to read, think and learn.  Kathryn Starke, an elementary school reading specialist in Richmond, Virginia, started the company in 2005 to promote her first book entitled Amy’s Travels.  She works with elementary school teachers to understand how to utilize Amy’s Travels and other children’s books to meet content area standards of instruction.

With Kathryn’s teaching experience in urban school systems, she sees first hand that all children can learn to read and, in turn, read to learn when provided with quality literature that is enriched with child friendly text and illustrations.  Kathryn continues to work with fellow educators to promote their own creative materials for today’s youth and always welcomes new ideas and projects that engage children in reading.”

Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing The Magic Word!!!

Fun Interview on Linda Weaver Clarke’s Blog…

Linda Weaver Clarke’s Interview

Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview with Children’s Author Sherrill S. Cannon

Book Giveaway March 4 – 11: You have a chance to win a Children’s book, Manner-Man. Leave a comment about this interview with your e-mail. Book: U.S. and Canada
All five of Sherrill S. Cannon’s books are in rhyme and all try to teach something like good manners and caring for others.  In less than three years, this former teacher and grandmother of ten has won a dozen National Awards for her books: The Magic Word,Peter and the Whimper-WhineysSanta’s Birthday Gift andGimme-Jimmy.  Her latest book, Manner-Man has just been released. She has also written six published and internationally produced plays for elementary school children. All of her books are part of a CureJM Fundraiser through 50% of the cost of her books goes to the CureJM Foundation to help find a cure for this incurable children’s disease.
Welcome back to my blog, Sherrill. Each of your books is set in rhyme. That makes it fun for the children. Please tell us about your new book, Manner-Man.
Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children learn how to cope with bullying, and to have good manners and consideration for others.  Using the phrase, “I am strong, and my flash is bright; and I will defend you and make things all right…” Manner-Man arrives, helping children learn about sharing and warning about not ‘hitting with words’, suggesting that if someone starts bullying, just shout out “not nice!”  Manner-Man incorporates messages and characters found within some of my earlier books, and invites children to become part of the Manner-Man team.  It reminds them that they each have their own inner superhero within themselves.
This is wonderful. Where did you get your inspiration for this children’s book?
My four-year-old grandson asked me to write a book about a superhero.  When his mother first read him the story (without any illustrations) he promptly decided to send me his version of Manner-Man, which he and his father drew outside on the patio in chalk! He has since given me his approval of Kalpart’s illustrations!!
That is so cute. I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Did you put real experiences in this book?
Mainly hearing “not nice” as a familiar phrase throughout all of my children’s and grandchildren’s growing-up years!  It’s a simplistic way to solve bullying problems, but children can begin to resist bullying at a very young age…and adults generally respond when they hear the phrase!
Thank you, Sherrill, for being on my blog once again. I always enjoy having you because your books are so wonderful for children.

Awesome Review of Manner-Man on From Meredith to Mommy

Madison's BookThis is little Madison, claiming “her” book.  Here is the review:

“We have spent a lot of time recently reading books.  Madison’s book fascination has gone in waves. She had period where she could NOT get enough reading. Then she had no interest in being read to and only wanted to read to us. Now she’s back to wanting to be read to all the time. We tend to read the same books over and over again.  Therefore, when I was offered the opportunity to review another of Sherrill Cannon’s books, I jumped at the chance. A new book and more manners!  Fabulous!

Just as when we read The Magic WordMadison was fascinated by the rhythm and rhyme of the story. She followed along with the story.  She recognized the emotions and personalities of the bullies and victims (that boy is sad, that boy is mean, that girl is scared).  I know she’s on the younger side of targeted readers, but she definitely was engaged and picked up the story well.  She was very excited to revisit characters from previous books!
As a parent, and of course, thinking as a teacher, I like how Manner-Man talked about hitting with hands and hitting with words, and how neither is ok and both can hurt.  The solution is never to hit back, but to respond with “not nice” and stand up for others.Madison had a very tough time when I took the book away to keep it nice enough for a giveaway, and that’s always a positive review.  She’s asked for it several times since I hid it upstairs, and that lets me know it’s a hit! Good for home, good for school, good for any situation where kids need some additional reminders about how to interact politely.  I would definitely recommend this book, as well as Sherrill Cannon’s other books, for anyone who wants to encourage children to behave their best.”
Note from Sherrill:  After I read this, I sent Madison a book of her own!!!