Monthly Archives: June 2014

All Six of My Titles are Included in the IB PYP Collection through Publish on Demand Global

IB PYP Collection Books

IB PYP Collection Books

Exciting news from SBPRA, from the BEA14 Expo!

36 BEA14 Titles Selected for the IB PYP Collection

Congratulations to the below BEA 2014 Authors!

As a result of participating in BEA14, 36 additional titles from the BEA14 show catalog have been selected for inclusion in an individual deal as a result of their participation in the show.

This is for the IB PYP collection of titles and our newest venture “The IB Library” via STUDYeBUDDY. These 36 titles have been chosen because they match the IB criteria.

So what is The IB Library, and what makes this IB PYP collection so unique?

IB PYP stands for “International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years Programme”. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation.

There are currently more than 1,181,000 IB students at 3,776 schools in 147 countries. This curriculum, taught in grades Pre-K through 5 or roughly the ages 3-11, encourages students across the world to become internationally minded, active, compassionate and lifelong learners who strive to understand other people and their cultures. Everything has a global perspective.

The curriculum is driven by student questions and all lessons and activities are inquiry based. For more information please visit The IB Library’s website.

The following titles have been chosen:

Sherrill S. Cannon
Manner Man
Peter and the Whimper Whineys
Santa’s Birthday Gift
My Fingerpaint Masterpiece
The Magic Word

I was also pleased to find the following fellow author friends included:

Rita Kaye Vetsch
The Many Colors of Friendship

Liam Moiser
Moore Field School and the Mystery

Lynn Pickering
Is It You?
James and the Greedy, Naughty Seagull
James and the Jealous, Naughty Seagull
James and the Naughty Seagull

Congratulations to ALL the authors selected, and thanks so much to Kait Neese and her marketing team!!!

Nice Review and Giveaway at Mymcbook’s Blog!



My Fingerpaint Masterpiece got another 5-star Review on Mymcbook’s Blog!

The book is also a giveaway, so please take a look and leave a comment!

Thank you so much, Ella!


Fundraisers Reminder – CureJM and Imbullyfree

Addie needs a cure!

Addie needs a cure!

I know many of you already know about my Fundraisers, especially since they are also on a separate page on this blog, but please consider purchasing my books through either of these Fundraising Sites:

50% of the cost of my books goes directly to the Fundraiser Site if ordered through these links.

Let’s find a cure for Juvenile Myositis!

Let’s  stop bullying at a young age, and help children learn how to cope!

Thanks for your help!!!



Great Book Event at Canterbury Tales Forever at Peddler’s Village (PA)

Canterbury Tales Forever

Canterbury Tales Forever

I shared a lovely book-signing event with new SBPRA author Karen Scheuer at the Peddler’s Village (PA) bookstore, Canterbury Tales Forever.  It was a lovely day, we both sold many books (even Santa’s Birthday Gift in June) and have agreed to do another joint event later this summer!

Christmas in June!

Christmas in June!

Lovely Review for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece from Wild About Reading

Beautiful Readers!

Beautiful Readers!

Thank you Donalisa Helsley for the lovely review for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” tells the story of a young child makes a finger paints a picture in school but does not finish it. The student carries it home but a gust of wind blows it away. Later the child sees it in an art gallery where it has won first place in an art contest. Everyone is gushing about this masterpiece by a professional artist. I won’t give anymore away.

My children and I LOVED this new book my Sherrill Cannon. I like how the child narrates the story is never identified as a boy or girl. There are many lessons in this book: self esteem, honesty, and perception. My 7 year old thought the most important lesson is to: “ Always put your name on your work. You might get famous and no one will know it is your work.”

Both of my children are talented artist and the youngest one gets down often because her 12 year old sister draws better. She will sometimes cry and rip up her own artwork. She took away from this story that art is open to interpretation and the perception of others. When I ask her what she’s drawing she now asks “What do you see?”

Once again, Ms. Cannon, you have created a masterpiece!

Upper Bucks Free Press Article by Erik Weibel



An article for the Upper Bucks Free Press by Erik Weibel

Meet Bucks County Award-Winning Author Sherrill Cannon

Bucks County author Sherrill S. Cannon’s books have won over twenty national awards. The former teacher, mother of four, and grandmother to ten, writes books that “try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others.” According to Ms. Cannon’s bio, “all of her books are also part of a fund-raising effort: for the CureJM Foundation (, to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease.” In addition to her children’s books, Ms. Cannon writes plays for elementary school children. Her plays have been performed world-wide. “She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 53 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way!”

Ms. Cannon’s latest book is called “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece.” It is about a grade-school age student (boy or girl, you aren’t told) who loses their finger-painting to a gust of wind. The student is surprised when he/she sees it in an art gallery and it won first place in a professional art contest! When the student tells everyone that he/she painted the picture, no one believes it. Ms. Cannon let me ask her some questions about her new book.

Erik – “Was Fingerpaint Masterpiece” inspired by a true story?

Ms. Cannon – Not a true story, but more of an attempt to help children look at, appreciate and interpret “art” according to their own perception and perspective – influenced I must admit by my own reaction when I am told that paint thrown on a wall, dripping down, is a work of art worth millions. It is not meant to be a critique of abstract art, but rather it asks children to evaluate what they feel and see when they view a painting or other work of art. My signature for this book includes the phrase “See art with your heart”…

Erik – Your new book, “Fingerpaint Masterpiece” is described as “An Emperor’s New Clothes” type story. Is the message, don’t always believe the experts / don’t follow the crowd or is it that kids can create beautiful art that can be enjoyed?

Ms. Cannon – Clever of you to ask this question, since I think it captures the essence of the book! My message is a little bit of both of those: ‘Don’t always believe the experts/don’t follow the crowd;’ and ‘that kids can create beautiful art that can be enjoyed.’ You will notice in the book’s illustrations that there is indeed a lot of “masterpiece” involved in this painting – with hidden objects within, depending on how one looks at it. But I feel that true artistic talent and effort is needed to qualify – not just random splashes of paint. This entire book is written from the point of view of the child narrator, with the story seen through his/her eyes depending on the reader’s opinion of whether that child is a boy or girl! The main point truly is to use one’s own judgment – which translates to lots of things in life! In art, I don’t think that age, sex, race, religion or political preference should have much to do with determining who can paint a masterpiece… nor who can be a good book reviewer!

Erik – You’ve written six children’s books but you also write plays for school children. How do those writing experiences differ? Which is your favorite play?

Ms. Cannon – My children’s plays are written for elementary school classrooms. They are usually rhyming as well, incorporating familiar suggested songs, and are all based on the requirement that each child has at least one line in the play (although combined with a friend if the child is too shy) so that each child has that one “shining moment”. As mentioned earlier, most were co-authored with my daughter who is a teacher in Bucks County, and were first produced at Churchville Elementary School for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Students. My favorite is “We Have Character” which incorporates evaluations of many recommended children’s books, showing how they contribute to developing good character traits. They are all available at for anyone interested!

Erik – What do you hope children learn from your books?

Ms. Cannon – In addition to acquiring a love for rhyming books, I hope that children learn to be polite, have good manners, and especially to have consideration for others. This also contributes to prevention of bullying, or at least illustrates ways to cope with it. I try to implant the “do unto others…” theme throughout all of them – and to always try to “Pass It Forward!”

To learn more about Ms. Cannon and her award winning books, please visit her website at

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