Monthly Archives: April 2014

Gimme-Jimmy has another nice review – Thanks, Leyla Atke!

Winner of 5 Awards

Winner of 5 Awards

Nice Review of Gimmy-Jimmy, thanks to Leyla Atke!

Gimmy-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share, and the book will be part of the new Fundraiser for the imbullyfree organization!  Please stay tuned for further updates.

“Gimme-Jimmy by Sherrill S. Cannon is another great children’s book teaching kids good manners and to share with friends. Gimme-Jimmy is a boy with bad manners who takes everything and claims he owns it. That’s why he is called Gimme-Jimmy.
Very soon, he faces a very unpleasant fact: every time he says “Gimme” his right hand begins to grow in size and becomes huge. He despairs and asks his father to help him. Father advises him to be polite with others and share with them. Jimmy needs to work hard to make his hand normal again. The story has a happy ending: Jimmy is a boy with good manners now and he shares everything with his friends. And his name is actually James now!
I loved this cute book because it has a good moral. It teaches kids what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong. The illustrations are wonderful. I would highly recommend this book for children of ages 3-6.”

Lily’s Masterpieces!

Lily's Masterpieces

Lily’s Masterpieces

Thank you to 4-year-old Lily and her mother!

“Just wanted so send you this photo of Lily’s paintings that were inspired by your book. She chose to paint our cat and her grandma’s cat. She made sure to put her name on them! She showed them at a talent show at her preschool. The circles are balls the cats are chasing. Thanks for being her inspiration!

We have read a couple more of your books, but not all of them. We will read the rest soon!

Thanks!  Cheryl”

Bully Bear loves Manner-Man and Gimme-Jimmy!

Bully Bear loves Manner-Man and Gimme-Jimmy!

Bully Bear loves Manner-Man and Gimme-Jimmy!


Please go to the Bully Free Site at Bully Free to learn more!   My books will soon be part of a Fundraiser at where 50% of the cost of my books will be donated to the “Im Bully Free” organization.  This is in addition to the existing Fundraiser at which links to the CureJM Foundation.  Both of these Fundraisers are to help our children grow and be kind…

Lovely Review of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. Thank you LAWonder!

5-Star Review

5-Star Review

Be sure to include this marvelously entertaining book in your Summer Reading Programs!
By LAWonder (Fairview, UT USA)
This review is from: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

This is a delightful story that will surely capture and keep the interest of all elementary age students. It is also a great easy-reader for those students in beginning reading. Like many young students, this young boy began his finger-painting artwork but never finished it before the bell rang. On the way home the storm brewed, the wind blew, and his painting was whipped out of his hand and landed on the bench of s building a man was sorting artwork for display.

This is a humorous account of the results of this unfortunate situation. The wondrous rhyming tale is a wonderful book for story time. It is certain to captivate the entire audience.

The Title and book cover are perfect! The cover is eye-catching and colorful. The illustrations done by Kalpart are outstanding.

This book earns a Five Stars review rating.

The Manner-Man Team!

Manner-Man Team

Manner-Man Team

The Manner-Man Team on the way to a book-reading event!

Author and the grandson who requested a book about a Superhero!!

Here a couple of messages from parents to my daughter about the event:

Colby loved her visit. I meant to email you about it. Getting any color about Colby’s day at school is near impossible. However, he had a lot to say about your mom and her stories. I forget exactly now, but he went on an on about a boy with a big hand or something :).

Super cool mom! Tell her thanks for coming to the class from me 🙂 I swear Rhodes has had better manners and we didn’t know why!

That’s awesome! Michelle is totally interested in her books and loved having her in the class

Note from the teacher: Thanks so much for coming to our class to read all your excellent books..The kids are still enjoying reading them in class

Awesome Article about Cyberbullying and Manner-Man in the San Diego Examiner

Winner of 6 Awards

Winner of 6 Awards

Cyberbullying is a global sickness and an Author’s fight against it

See alsoPersonal Technology Bullying & Cyber Bullying Bullying Awareness & Prevention

Sherrill. S Cannon, author; Illustrations by Kalpart

Victoria Wagner Ross

San Diego Technology Examiner

April 20, 2014
Bullying was considered a rite of passage for decades but no longer. It is a cruel and viscous attack that now is spreading out of the schoolyard onto the Internet of repeated intentional harm, reported the NPR online today of the British study that appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The stage in which the effects appear in life is age 50 due to the steps in the aging process and it has grown over the years into full blown health and mental problems, according to Dr. Louise Arseneault, a developmental psychologist at King’s College London and lead author for the study. She states, ‘At age 50, if you have physical and mental health problems, it could be downhill from here.’

Decades later the chronic bullying effect with be displayed in a person’s socioeconomic status and effect cognitive function persisting onward through life. Sometimes it will begin to appear in a person’s late their late ‘20s.

The British study consisted of nearly 18,000 children in England, Scotland and Wales, who were born during a single week in 1958. When the children turned 7 interviews began with parents twice and the children once until age 11. Questions about how often the children experience bullying were tracked and noted with the IQ score at that time. Reports from teachers reported any problems of anxiety and other behavioral problems.

The check in reports for health and social well-being were done at ages 23, 45 and 50 with about 8,000 children. By comparison 40 percent of the children were reported as being bullied either on an occasional or frequent basis against estimates in the U.S. where 50 percent of the children state that they are bullied at least once a month.

Once age 50 is reached, it is downhill according to Arsenault because the mental and physical health effect only increase. Dr. William Copeland, a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist at Duke University, who wasn’t involved in the British study, believes that this is a valuable study due to the length of time and follow-up throughout the decades. His work has led him to believe that bullying is harmful and not a rite of passage for children.

Bullying has now extended its reach and same methods to cyberbullying on the Internet. Predators on the Internet according to Copeland single out a weaker person and can stage repeated events for intentional harm. It is no longer abuse; it is a full-blown attack on a human being meant to destroy the person. It can also come over texts and mobile phone with someone attempting to either damage a person through reputation assault or constant harassment directly to infiltrate into all areas of the person’s life.

The award winning author, Sherrill S. Cannon, has written a children’s book ‘Manner-Man’ which stands up against bullying. Cannon states on the Amazon listing review of five stars for the book, ‘Manner-Man’ is a superhero that helps children learn how to cope with bullies. Her journey began with her award-winning children’s book, ‘The Magic Word’. The story instills good manners and respect for all. Where else can words be so harmful as on the Internet?

Manner-Man has already won two awards: Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal and a NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award. Her book and words show children that they can use peer pressure to stop bullying, and that each child has a ‘superhero’ within.

You can read the reviews of Cannon’s children’s books, her awards and how to contact her on her website. She fights against bullying and she also donates 50 percent of her books’ revenue to fight Juvenile Myositis (JM), an incurable disease. Whether a child is struck early with a physical disease as JM or is bullied it is not to be passively accepted. Cannon’s voice will have an effect on future generations due to her work with impressing positive behavioral actions onto children. Manner-Man is found within each of us at any age.

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Manner-Man -  6 Awards

Manner-Man – 6 Awards

Nice Interview on the San Diego Examiner website!

‘My Fingerpaint Masterpiece’ fights bullyism and a deadly disease

See alsoPersonal Technology Bullying Awareness & Prevention

Sherril. S Cannon, author; Illustrations by Kalpart

5-Star Review

5-Star Review

Victoria Wagner Ross
San Diego eBooks Examiner
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April 20, 2014
Sherrill S. Cannon’s ‘My Fingerpaint Masterpiece’ adds accent to her work on behalf of fund raising 50 percent of her book revenue to JM = Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease. Her website has information about fund raising for this life important effort.

As her new endeavor to help prevent bullying takes off this week, I had an opportunity to interview Sherrill S. Cannon and get her insight on writing books for children. This is the second part of my review of her new book with an interview with the award winning author, Sherrill S. Cannon.

Q. What was your motivation to use rhyme?

S.C. I have always loved rhyming poetry, and began writing poems before I could write-as a 4-year-old when my mother wrote them down for me. Since that was 70 years ago, I almost predate Dr. Seuss! My favorite one, Horton Hatches the Egg, was published the year I was born. I think children relate to rhyme and it is fun to help them hear the music of the words. When I read to children at schools or book signings, I get the wonderful, delighted response, ‘It rhymes!’

Q.What is your favorite part of writing children’s books?

S.C. My favorite part of writing is reading to the children. It makes my heart smile!

Q. There are many children’s books on the market. How do you choose a topic and characters that will engage children.

S.C. Once a teacher, always a teacher… and I always try to have a message which involves some way to help children become better adults. Most of my books teach good manners and consideration for others, disguised as fun stories.

Q. What is your favorite book for children that you give to your grandchildren?

S.C. My very favorite book is Santa’s Birthday Gift, which was written in response to a grandchild’s question after I finished reading the story of the Nativity to her. She asked, ‘But where’s Santa?’ Santa’s birthday gift is not what Santa gets, it is what Santa gives and Christmas gifts are really birthday gifts for the Christ Child.

Q. Do you read to your grandchildren? Any tips for parenting and reading to children or choosing children’s books?

S.C. Yes I read to my grandchildren and often take their advice about any changes to the story! My main advice to parents is to be sure whatever you read to or with your child teaches good values as well as being entertaining. Way too many books are written using ‘bad’ words and less than desirable attitudes, simply for the shock value. We need to inspire our children to become the adults we wish we could have been!

Sherrill S. Cannon’s books are available on both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites as well her website.

Wonderful Review on the San Diego Examiner for my new book, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece! A big Thank You to columnist Victoria Wagner Ross!!

5-Star Review

5-Star Review

Thank you to Victoria Wagner Ross for her wonderful review on the San Diego Examiner!  An interview to follow!!!

Examiner Review

April 19, 2014

Sherrill S. Cannon’s latest children’s book ‘My Fingerpaint Masterpiece’ is done in rhyme as her previous books, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter, Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift. GTMA Review has called her, ‘a modern day Dr. Seuss.’ She is a former teacher who has won eighteen awards for her five previous rhyming books along with seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.

All of her books have been part of a fundraiser for the CureJM Foundation for over a year – 50 percent of the price of the books goes to the CureJM Foundation. JM = Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease. The site for that is found on her Cure JM website.

Breaking news is that she is also in the process of creating the same kind of fundraiser for the non-profit group, helping to prevent bullying. My “Manners” books (The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man) fit right into that niche!! The new site announced today will be her new website against bullying.

This delightful book, ‘My Fingerpaint Masterpiece,’ is very much a story with a message for young and old alike. A budding young artist sits in art class dipping her fingers into a bowl of paint and, ‘drew on the paper my very best scene.’ But as she walked home from school the wind took the paper from her. It flew away. The young artist had never finished it! How could they know it was to be her very special scene? A week later she sees it at a store. It was found and displayed in an art gallery where it won first prize!

Finally, as everyone described what they saw in the painting, our young painter shouted: ‘It’s my painting that you all are raving about!’ They just ignored her and said: ‘You’re only a child telling stories, I fear.’ It is easy to dismiss a child or anyone that it is only a story? Are children not to be believed because they are young?

It is very difficult to believe, to have trust and faith in the human spirit. Is it we do not trust ourselves? Do we not believe? Perhaps mistrust and inability to believe in a gift from the colors of the Universe are the mystery that we do not understand. Perhaps it is found in the heart?

Another beautifully written book it is a masterpiece in belief. With simple hopeful colors from the rainbow swirling throughout the book from KJ and her team of artists at Kalpart it brings the story alive visually.

As her new endeavor to help prevent bullying takes off this week, I had an opportunity to interview Sherrill S. Cannon and get her insight on writing books for children. Part Two will be the full interview with the award winning author, Sherrill S. Cannon. Her books can be found on the websites of AmazonBarnes and Noble and her website.