Monthly Archives: May 2015

CEO of SBPRA Accepts Two Finalist Medals for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

Next Generation Indie Book Awards: 2015 - 2 Finalist MedalsThank you, Robert Fletcher, CEO of SBPRA, for attending the Next Generation Indie Book Awards ceremony during the BEA events in NYC, and accepting my two Finalist Medals for me for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, by Sherrill S. Cannon (SBPRA) (ISBN 978-1628572889

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, by Sherrill S. Cannon (SBPRA) (ISBN 978-1628572889)

Robert also joined William Peace, another SBPRA author, who was a winner in


Sable Shadow and The Presence, by William Peace (Strategic Book Publishing) (ISBN 9781628572414)

Winner of 7 Awards!

Winner of 7 Awards!


Lovely Interview with Kidsbook Friends

Winner of 7 Awards

Winner of 7 Awards

I was privileged to be invited to have an interview with Kidsbook Friends, which I am proud to share below.  My Fingerpaint Masterpiece has now won 7 awards including the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal, the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award, Reviewer’s Choice H.M., Double Finalist in the Next Gen Indie Awards, Pinnacle Achievement Award, and recently a National Indie Excellence Finalist Award!


(Here is the link to the Interview:  Exclusive Author Interview)

Sherrill’s poetry books can be categorized as “fun with a lesson”. Great combo for kids! Parents, teachers, and librarians are always looking for good stories that lead into great conversations. Her children’s books are rhythmic, what she calls, “music in words”. So, kids can hear a “beat in her books”! Enjoy meeting Sherrill S. Cannon:


What experiences, people, and/or books were influential in your life, leading you to write your own children’s books?

My mother, an elementary school teacher, instilled in me a love of reading – and rhyming poetry – from a very early age. I’ve been writing poetry since I was four years old (before I could write) and she collected my poems in a little book for me (which I used to have, but has been lost along the way.) She also inspired my second book, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, a story which she told to my brother and me and her grandchildren (and countless second graders) and which I put into rhyme and had published. It is still a favorite (and a great whine-stopper!) I was a teacher for ten years, and am now a grandmother of ten. It’s lots of fun to share my stories with them!!


When did you begin writing children’s book manuscripts? What was the first book you got published and with which publishing agency?

I began writing the children’s stories several years ago, but didn’t have time to pursue publication until 2009 when Santa’s Birthday Gift was published. I submitted the manuscript to SBPRA (then called Eloquent Books) and they loved it, and it has now sold over 5,000 copies.

How many books have you written that are published?

I now have seven published children’s books, which have won 29 awards. I also have written seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children (performed in over 20 countries.) Those are all available at if anyone is interested.

Which of your books is your favorite and why? What was the inspiration for your main character of your favorite book?

My favorite will always be Santa’s Birthday Gift, since it was written in response to my granddaughter’s question after I read to her the story of the Nativity. She looked at me and said, “But where’s Santa?” The entire story came to me in a dream that night, and I really believe it was inspired… Santa’s “gift” is the promise to bring gifts each year to good boys and girls to celebrate the birth of Jesus.


Where do you get your ideas for your books?

All of my books strive to teach values to children, disguised as fun stories. Once a teacher, always a teacher… The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy, and Manner-Man are my “manners” books, and teach good manners, consideration for others, and anti-bullying. Children liked Elisabeth from The Magic Word so much that she made a cameo appearance in Gimme-Jimmy, and both Elisabeth and Jimmy reappear in Manner-Man. This is one of the delightful perks of having the same awesome illustrator – Kalpart – for all my books. The characters (my classroom of kids) reappear in illustrations throughout the subsequent books, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece – about perception and perspective, and my latest release Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! – about good listening and computer-speak! Manner-Man – a result of a request from my grandson asking for a book about a Superhero – is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullying and is the “spokesperson” for I’d like to mention here that all of my books, when purchased through each Fundraiser site, support two groups where 50% of the cost of the books goes to the organization. They are Cure JM Fundraiser (Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease) and Imbullyfree Fundraiser


How long did it take you to write, edit, and publish your first book?

I love to write in rhyme and meter, and children’s books aren’t very long so they don’t take very long to write… But rhyming books need to do more than rhyme. They need meter – the rhythm of the words – or what I call the “music” of the words. So I read all my books aloud a lot to my friends and family – and I ask them to read them aloud also. My editors are used to me accepting any punctuation changes but arguing about word changes (after all, “said”, “answered”, and “responded” are not interchangeable as far as meter is concerned!) The nice thing about SBPRA is that once a book is accepted, even with illustrations, it can usually be released within three or four months…


What advice can you share with children reading your books?

I would love for parents to ask the children if they can hear the “music of the words”, and whether or not they can find other familiar characters within the books. I usually have a “Special Note from Sherrill” at the back of each book, with questions and suggestions for children.

What advice can you give to those of us who are working to write and publish children’s books?

Having already commented on the need for meter as well as rhyme, I would also like to emphasize the need to have your books edited. That’s the most important investment you can make for your book! Also, I would like to remind authors that books should be for ALL children. I am always striving to make my books as multicultural as possible, and include children from many ethnic backgrounds within the illustrations. We need to encourage diversity, as well as show similar values. (I have found that there is usually a “Golden Rule” philosophy to be found, no matter what it is labeled…)


What are three hobbies/interests you have besides writing?

Reading, RVing (that’s camping, but not in a tent!), and Family Time!


Please leave us with a quote from one of your books!

From The Magic Word:

“If you want to make friends, you must be polite,

And treat them the way that you know you would like.

I think you’ll find out you’ll be happier too,

If you think more of others, and less about you.”

Thank you!

And thank you – the “other” magic word(s)

Sherrill S Cannon, Award-Winning Author

Perception and Perspective…My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

Two Favorite Fans!

Two Favorite Fans!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s posting of the wonderful review by Kidsbook Friends, I admit I had to chuckle a little when I saw that the reviewer definitely thought the child was a boy, and was probably “Jimmy” from Gimme-Jimmy. One of the questions at the end of the book is whether one thinks the child is a girl or a boy. (Amazingly, it’s usually a 50-50 split when I ask that question at a school book reading.) Since the entire book is about perception and perspective, I found this point of view refreshing!!  There are no “wrong” answers!  It made my day!


Cute Review of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, featured on Kidsbook Friends

Winner of 7 Awards

Winner of 7 Awards

Great Review of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece from Kidsbook Friends

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, “Fingers + Paints= Masterpieces”
by hendersonintraining

A book that inspires kids to do art and crafts is a book to read often. Such is the case with My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. The first question out of my kids’ mouths when we’re done reading this rhyming picture books is, “Can we paint now too?” The answer is “Absolutely”. Enjoy a creative book for such a wide range of ages.

Introducing Our Featured Friend: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece
by Sherrill S. Cannon

When Ms. Gallagher’s class created their own fingerpaintings, Jimmy tried to paint his dog, but wasn’t quite sure what it looked like. On his way home, the print flew out of his hand and the wind carried it into The Rainbow Connection, an art dealer’s store. Already late for home, Jimmy decided to let it go and try to beat oncoming rain. Much to his surprise, the following week, he discovered his fingerpainting framed and in the art exhibit! Jimmy was even more surprised when the judges not only stopped to study his piece, but also picked his print as the winner.

The crowd began saying what they thought they saw in the picture . . . “the sun, a bird, a flower, a frog” . . . until finally Jimmy shouted out “No, it’s really my dog.” But they didn’t see a dog and they didn’t see a signature! No one believed that a child could really win a real art contest. But, Jimmy and Ms. Gallagher’s class know the truth.

“We like my painting and so do the kids,
But my print should be hanging at home on our fridge.
They think a real artist hung it in the show!!”
And if ever you need me to prove this is so,
Just come to my town and you know what you’ll see?
My masterpiece print in the art gallery!!!

Inviting You To Become FRIENDS with Jimmy:
A Little Lesson Plan for School, Home, or Story Time

Feel, Relate, Imagine, Explore, Navigate, Develop, Share

F- How do you feel when someone likes your artwork?

R- Can you relate to Jimmy when we wasn’t quite sure what he created in his finger painting?

I- Imagine that you could enter any artwork in a contest. Which of your prints would you select? If you don’t have one done yet, what would you like to paint?

E- Explore Ed Emberley’s Complete FunPrint Drawing Book and discover creative animals, objects, flowers, figures, and more that you can make with your fingers and paint:

Fingerprint Artist’s Stamp Pad Fingerprint Artist’s Stamp Pad

N- Navigate your way through one of our favorite sites for art ideas:

D- Develop your own art gallery in your room to display your favorite masterpieces. You could even organize a neighborhood art show!

S- Share your art by making finger paint masterpieces into cards for your friends for occasions like birthdays. A homemade card is a true treasure.

Enjoy Sherrill S. Cannon’s Books at:
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Thank you, Angela!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is an Indie Excellence Awards Finalist!!!

National Indie Excellence Awards

National Indie Excellence Awards

From: National Indie Excellence Awards <>
Date: May 17, 2015 at 8:52:48 PM PDT
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Subject: Congratulations, you’re a Finalist in the 9th

Winner of 6 Awards

Winner of 6 Awards

Annual National Indie Excellence Awards!


It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Finalist in the 9th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

The lists of winners and finalists will be highlighted on our website. Please go to to see your name and book cover among those of the other proud winners and finalists.

The entire team at the National Indie Excellence Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in the your ongoing success. You have our deepest congratulations.


Ellen Reid
President & CEO
National Indie Excellence Awards

Lovely Feathered Quill Review of Mice and Spiders and Webs…Oh My!

I am so thrilled by this lovely review by Ellen Feld of The Feathered Quill!

Here is the link:

Children’s Picture Books

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!
By: Sherrill S. Cannon
Illustrated by: Kalpart
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication Date: March 2015
ISBN: 978-1631359491
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: May 2015

Oh my! What will poor Rosemary do? Before leaving school on Friday, her teacher, Ms. Eddy, told the children that come Monday, there would be mice in the classroom! Eeek! Rosemary does NOT like mice. Nope, nada, not one little, tiny bit. The young student tells her mother that she will not be going to school Monday morning.

Rosemary’s mother is quite confused at her daughter’s declaration. She knows Rosemary loves school and has lots of friends there too. What could the problem be? When Rosemary explains the imminent arrival of several mice, her mother assures her that all will be okay and surely a few little creatures can’t keep the girl from school. After all, she reasons, the mice will be in a cage. That may be so, replies Rosemary, but Ms. Eddy also said there’d be spiders…and webs! Double-eek!!!

“I know they’re just bugs, and perhaps they won’t bite,
But something about them just gives me a fright.
They move much too quickly, they scurry and crawl,
I know I should like them – I can’t, though I try.
If this one has legs that are hairy, I’ll cry!”

With the addition of spiders and webs, even Rosemary’s mother is a bit apprehensive about Monday morning. Surely, the teacher wouldn’t let spiders run around the classroom. Time for Mom, Rosemary, and Ms. Eddy to have a chat!

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! tackles a really fun, and often ignored, topic – misunderstood words, how many words have more than one meaning, and the importance of listening to what the teacher is saying. You see, while Rosemary thought her teacher was talking about real mice and spiders, Ms. Eddy was using computer terms to introduce her students to popular technology. No spiders spinning webs in her classroom – nope, nada, not going to happen. Instead, Ms. Eddy was talking about the Internet, the mice we use to control our cursor, and email as well as other useful tools.

This is the second book of Ms. Cannon’s that I’ve reviewed, and the third that Feathered Quill has reviewed (the other two are Manner-Man and My Fingerpaint Masterpiece). Like the other books, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! is a super-fun book that will surely put a smile on the faces of both children and adults. The rhyme is perfect, setting a light-hearted but informational tone, and the drawings, again by Kalpart, are bright and well-matched to the story. The author has taken a very interesting topic, computer technology, and turned it into a fun learning experience. Children will get a giggle out of Rosemary’s confusion of various terms while also learning what some of those terms actually mean. This book is a winner any way you look at it!

Quill says: Another winner from author Sherrill S. Cannon and a great way to introduce youngsters to computer technology.

Please consider donating through the Go Fund Me, set up by Lorilyn Roberts, Founder of the John 3:16 Network

Lorilyn Roberts, Founder of the John 3:16 Network, has opened a Go Fund Me Donation Site for the children in Nepal she visited with her daughter not long ago…  Here she is reading Peter and the Whimper-Whineys to some of the orphans.  She adopted her daughter from Nepal, and now the family there has been devastated by the earthquakes.  Please help if you can…

The link for the Go Fund Me is Go Fund Me for the Children of Nepal

Lorilyn reads Peter and the Whimper-Whineys to the Nepal orphans

Cute Anecdote about Mice and Spiders and Webs…Oh My!

Ashlyn gives the Manner-Man Salute - for Mice & Spiders & Webs...Oh My!

Ashlyn gives the Manner-Man Salute – for Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

I’m happy to share this anecdote about Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

A friend told me that her teenage son read through the book, laughed, and then said, “I did not see that coming!”

Nice to be able to entertain teens too!

Another 5-Star Review for Mice and Spiders and Webs…Oh My!

Pinnacle Achievement Winner

Pinnacle Achievement Winner

Thank you Rockin Book Reviews for the 5-star Review of Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

“This is a fun story to introduce little ones to the new innovations used in school!  Sherrill Cannon has, once again, effectively woven together great information and humor in Rhyme!

While her mother is totally surprised at Rosemary not wanting to go to school and confront these eery creatures, it just doesn’t make sense! The mother decides to take matters in her own hands.

This book is educational, while entertaining too, and is a great teaching tool on being a good Listener.

Kalpart has once again created brightly colorful, clear illustrations which enhances this quality paperback book. The Title is a clever lead into the story and the Book Cover is eye-catching and great!”

LA Wonder was nice enough to also post a review on The Library Thing: Library Thing as well as

Mice and Spiders and Webs…Oh My! is now an eBook also!

Pinnacle Achievement Winner

Pinnacle Achievement Winner

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! is now available as an eBook on amazon and  

Link to Amazon: Link to amazon and kindle eBooks for Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

Link to Barnes&Noble: Link to and Nook eBooks for Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!


I received a lovely compliment from a fan about Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

“I LOVE the book. J I can’t wait to read it to my nephews and share with their classroom.

I pictured Julianne Moore in the movie The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio when I read this; I applaud you for bringing joy to the world through your words.”

Thank you Jessica!