Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Walking Advertisement for Manner-Man!

Manner-Man Badge

Manner-Man Badge

I received the cutest note from a Mom.  As mentioned in the back of my Manner-Man book, a child can request a Manner-Man badge.  I love this comment!

“Thank you so much for the sticker — my son has placed it on the very front of his construction helmet that he wears at all times. He is now a walking advertisement for Manner-Man! It gets quite the reaction from moms at the park.”

Thanks for sharing!!

Nice note from Kidsbook Friends

10666094_1606876196215794_8287812341306856009_nThank you Angela for the nice note and FaceBook post!!
“Just wanted to share some books that may make good Valentine’s and Easter gifts for your kids… Check out the titles in the pic.





Thank you Sherrill S. Cannon for sending me your books to review on Kidsbook Friends. Our 8 year old son read “Gimme-Jimmy” aloud to me and we really liked it. Looking forward to blogging them on Kidsbook Friends.”


Thank you for sharing!!!  Please click here to check out Kidsbook Friends

Another Lovely Review for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece received a lovely review, as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Please click here for full review: Adventures of Adam Review

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015

“We are excited to be taking part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2015. We were asked to review a multicultural book and create an accompanied activity to help get families engaged in reading. We were extremely fortunate to be given a copy of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon.

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is told from the point of view of the main character who is never portrayed. You get glimpses of their hand and a shadow of a face. It is left up to the reader whether the child is a girl or a boy and what nationality they are. This is a deliberate and ties into the books main theme of perception and perspective. Sherrill wanted her illustrations to appeal to all children and they have been illustrated from a multi-cultural perspective.

The story is a creative rhyming tale about how a child’s unfinished art project becomes an award winning painting on display. The book raises issues about abstract art and how beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We loved the cleverness of the illustrations. You see the book in a new light when you hold the book upside down. There are also many hidden objects that can be seen when the book is the wrong way round.

To accompany the book we decided to create our own fingerprint masterpiece. We made homemade edible finger paint following the recipe on Imagination Tree. Our Wilton Food Colouring made beautifully colour finger paint.

Adam enjoyed mixing the food colouring into the cornflour, however, he did not want to touch the paint. Cornflour was obviously a step too far and too messy for him. So instead he used a teaspoon to spoon the paint onto the paper.

Painting with cornflour

Painting with cornflour

After 20 minutes of exploring colour mixing and how to create small blobs and big blobs of paint onto the paper Adam actually did a small amount of fingerpainting.



Homemade-paint-Fingerpaint-Masterpiece-Adam’s masterpiece may not be featuring in any art gallery soon but he thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating his fingerpaint masterpiece.

More information about the author:
Sherrill S. Cannon is a former teacher, mother of four and a grandmother of ten, who is also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author. In less than five years, her books My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift have received twenty-eight 2011-14 National and International awards. Most of her books try to teach something, like good manners and consideration for others. All of her books are also part of a fundraiser for both and CureJM Foundation. Sherrill is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 54 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books along the way.

Why not take a look at Sherrill’s other work on her website and blog. You can also follow Sherrill on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

More information about Multi Cultural Children’s Book Day:

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.”

Thank you, Adam (and Emma!)

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece included in Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

I am so proud that My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is included in the 2015 Multicultural Book Day, and I am happy to be one of the Author Sponsors!

Please click here:  Multicultural Children’s Bookday – Author Sponsors

There are many awesome books included in this celebration of children everywhere… so please take a look!!!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is all about perception and perspective, and is told and illustrated from the point of view of the child. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…

All children should be able to identify with children’s books, and diversity is important… Please let me know whether you think the child is a girl or a boy… the current voting percentage is 50/50!!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

Thank you Andy Mulberry for the nice Interview and Giveaway

5 Awards

5 Awards

Thanks to Andy Mulberry, author of middle-grade fiction, for this wonderful interview!  One print copy and one eBook of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece will be part of her Giveaway.

Please click here for complete Interview and Giveaway:

Andy Mulberry Interview and Giveaway

I asked: Please recommend a children’s book for me to read.
Sherrill answered: Other than my own books, which I’d love to share with you, please pick any Dr. Seuss book – although I have to say that Horton Hatches the Egg is my favorite… I love his ability to rhyme with meter, and the underlying validation of loyalty and commitment. (Nature vs. nurture?)

I asked: What is your favorite dessert?
Sherrill answered: A single piece of Dove Dark Chocolate with Almonds…every night!

I asked: If you were an animal, what would you be?
I’m very happy with being myself, but I can see myself as a dog… I tend to like people, and love to give…and especially enjoy hugging.

I asked: Do you have any strange writing habits?
Sherrill answered: Many people ask me if I always write in rhyme, and that happens to be what I consider a “strange writing habit” since I often think in rhyme as well. Of course only my children’s stories are in rhyme – but it’s definitely a different process. One has to have something to say, and some point to make, but it all has to be conveyed not only by using rhyming words, but also by putting them into a specific meter. This involves having the accents of the words fit into a pattern – which I usually refer to as the “music of the words”. It’s not enough to have words rhyme at the end of a line – and this is where many authors of children’s books have problems.

I asked: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Sherrill answered: The most important investment any author should make is to have your book edited! Nothing turns a reader off more quickly than repeated typos, grammatical errors or lack of proper punctuation. Since my experience is in rhyming children’s books, I’d like to offer some additional advice about this. Please be very diligent about staying within a specific meter (or cadence) and always read your books out loud before sending them anywhere official. Editing is imperative, but often editors don’t really understand the need for meter. Sometimes editors forget that “said”, “answered” and “responded” are not interchangeable in lyrical poetry!!! Consequently, you should read your book aloud again after editing, before accepting any changes! I could go on and on, but If anyone has any further questions, please write to me. My email is

I asked: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Sherrill answered: I have just gone into illustration for my seventh children’s book, to be released in April 2015 (hopefully.) The title is Teacher’s Warning. It differs a little from my previous books, although it still attempts to teach values to children disguised as a fun story. This one emphasizes the need to be a good listener! It is fun to be working with my illustrator, Kalpart, again. Since this talented artistic team has illustrated all my books, I am able to request repeat cameo appearances from previous characters, as well as covers from my other books, within the pages (which my fans seem to love to find!) It also includes the names of those who have contributed through the fundraisers…so if you hurry, you might get your name included in Teacher’s Warning also!

Thank you so much, Sherrill, for being a guest on my blog today and generously offering to give away your book! I very much enjoyed reading it and had fun trying to figure out if the artist is a boy or girl! Reader tip: read the “Special Note from Sherrill” at the end of the book, for some advice at looking at the “masterpiece”!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece a Finalist in Bookbzz’s Prize Writer Competition

Finalist - Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition

Finalist – Bookbzz Prize Writer Competition

Dear Sherrillcannon

Prize Writer Finalist 2015
I’m pleased to inform you that your book has been selected as a finalist for’s Prize Writer Competition and will now go into the public vote which will run 1st February to 28th February 2015 before the announcement of the winners and the awarding of prizes on 5th March 2015.

Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

5 Awards

5 Awards

Please stay tuned for voting information…

Cute note from a Grandmother!

Manner-Man Winner of the CLIPP Award K-2!!!

“I am strong and my flash is bright, and I will defend you and make things all right!”

Thanks so much for sharing.  I love to get stories like this one!

“Wilkie had so much fun ‘discovering’ your other book covers while we were reading Manner Man, and of course he still completes the special phrase 🙂 Not only did he point out the covers in the book but also found each of the actual books in his ‘library’.”

Stay tuned for another story in 2015… “Teacher’s Warning”!

Lovely New Review for Santa’s Birthday Gift

What Santa Gives...not Gets

What Santa Gives…not Gets

I found a lovely review from “Kim” on amazon for Santa’s Birthday Gift which I wanted to share:

5.0 out of 5 stars

The message of Christmas in this story is wonderful, it brings it all together for the children, January 4, 2015

By Kim

Verified Purchase

This review is from: Santa’s Birthday Gift 

Read this during the Children’s Sermon at church & it was a hit with the children & adults. The message of Christmas in this story is wonderful, it brings it all together for the children.

Thank you, Kim…

Please check out WTDWTK – (What To Do With The Kids)

Sherrill S. Cannon

Sherrill S. Cannon

Fun to have all six books available on the WTDTWK Website…

Wonder what that is?

What To Do With The Kids!!!

Please click here:  WTDWTK Website

This has many books listed that all kids will enjoy…for many ages!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece included in the MCCBD Festival…

Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece has been selected to be a part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th, 2015.  This event is to celebrate children’s books which include and celebrate  ALL children – of all cultures and nationalities…

Since My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is written and illustrated from the point of view of the child, it’s all about perception and perspective, leaving it to the reader to decide whether the child is a girl or a boy, or what nationality or culture… Fun for ALL children!!!

The link to the website is: MultiCulturalChildrensBookDay  Please scroll down the list of authors and books…

Please stay tuned for more information about the event… and mark your calendars!