Storytime Pup is such a cute show for little ones… I’m pleased that The Magic Word is now available on the site!
Storytime Pup is such a cute show for little ones… I’m pleased that The Magic Word is now available on the site!
I am pleased to announce that The Golden Rule has been accepted as a 2017 Global eBook Nominee! In order to be entered in this Global eBook contest, an entry has to be submitted and accepted by the Contest judges.
Thank you for nice Interview and Review…
“I have not read a picture book in many years, and it was a delight to see a well-illustrated book with a universal theme – kindness toward others. Cannon’s book begins with a mystery, a play on words, and ends with examples of how to “treat others the way you’d like to be treated.” Children of all sizes, shapes, and colors can find themselves in the illustrations. The rhyming cadence will help young readers learn new words. This is a book I can highly recommend to parents and teachers.”
Interview with Sherrill Cannon, award winning author of “The Golden Rule”:
What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
I guess the occasion when after reading a book to a group of kindergarteners, when I asked for questions, a little girl waved her hand and when called upon, stood up and said “I have a pillow pet!” Suddenly about 50 more hands were waving in the air. Sensing a pattern, I asked, “How many of you have a pillow pet?” – and then we went on to other questions.
If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
A teacher – which I was for ten years! I still feel like a teacher when I write my stories for children because I want my books to demonstrate ways to show consideration for others, disguised as fun stories.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
I write rhyming children’s books and read them to children, but I can’t say that ever causes either laughter or tears…
What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
Mommy and Mikel Go for a Walk by Ann (Ana) Morris for a review. (5-stars, in case you are interested.)
If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
Manner-Man – the main character would be my grandson! He’s the one who asked me to write a story about a Superhero. He’s also the main character (caricature) in the book.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again?
Dr. Seuss – Horton Hatches the Egg
The Link to the Interview: Connie Huddleston Interview
Connie is the Award-Winning Author of Greg’s First Adventure in Time as well as Greg’s Second Adventure in Time
Thank you to Troy Kent, teacher and author, for the lovely review of The Golden Rule!
5.0 out of 5 stars – The Golden Rule Book of Lessons
By Troy Kent on September 18, 2016
I titled my review “The Golden Rule Book of Lessons” because that is exactly what this book is. It focuses on many life-lessons that children (and perhaps some adults as well) should, or need to, learn to make this world a better one – for everybody! I couldn’t help but think of the old saying that “you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you” while I was reading this book, but while that saying might be old the book’s content certainly is not. The author uses very relevant and current terms that today’s children can relate to like “Kindle,” and “Nook,” and “Paying it Forward.” I especially like children’s books that rhyme, so the author’s ability to present her “Golden Rule” in rhyme was especially appealing to me, and would definitely be a hit with children. Because this book is full of so many good lessons, it would be the perfect read-aloud to groups of children as it would create the opportunity for many interesting and important discussions. I really enjoyed this award-winning book and would recommend it without hesitation.
5.0 out of 5 stars for The Golden Rule
Lovely new review…
This is a wonderful book, all in rhyme
By- R on September 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book, all in rhyme, about Robert and Kait setting out to find the Golden Rule at school, only to discover it’s not a ruler, but an actual rule. Dr. Seuss comes to mind, with the playful yet smart lines. A clever and well-written children’s book, about “treating others as you yourself wish to be treated”. 5 stars, highly recommended!
I often forget to mention that I also am the author of 7 Published and Internationally performed plays for elementary school children. One of them, ABC December, is referenced (with credits!) in the JoAnn Ross multi-author Christmas book, Christmas On Main Street – and is now to be re-released as a novella entitled Christmas In Shelter Bay.
I Just discovered this on the JoAnn Ross Newsletter. It’s fun to have my play, ABC December, included once again! I don’t know if you remember, but she used one of the plays written by me and my daughter in her story . The heroine is a kindergarten teacher whose class performs a “Holiday Play”… We received credits for the play!!
Here’s her news:
“…on November 15, NAL will be rereleasing a backlist Christmas story, Christmas in Shelter Bay, as an e-novella for $2.99. This originally came out in the Christmas on Main Street anthology with other authors. I don’t, by the way, have any say in formats or dates (or really anything, including pricing) from former publishers, and they’ve chosen not to make it available in print. However, you can read an ebook on a tablet, phone, computer with a free kindle app. This is Cole and Kelli’s story, and NAL’s art department did create a really pretty cover for it. It can be pre-ordered for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. I don’t have a website page up for that novella yet, but there’s a link to the previously published multi-author anthology Christmas on Main Street page which has the previous cover copy and an excerpt you can read. Just a reminder, if you click on the links on that page, you’ll get the more expensive anthology rather than just the Shelter Bay novella. However, if you’d like to read it in print and missed it the first time around, this would be a way to do it.”
If anyone is interested in any of the plays, they are available at Lazy Bee Scripts listed under Sherrill S. Cannon. They are also here on the website!
I had a wonderful Book Reading at Fallsington Elementary School yesterday! Since Fallsington is a “PA School of Character”, my books about Consideration for Others and The Golden Rule were especially appropriate! I was able to share The Magic Word, Manner-Man, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys with the K-3 children and then My Fingerpaint Masterpiece with the entire school. I was delighted that one of the questions asked was “Where can we get these books?” (Fortunately, we are doing a Fundraiser with the school, so that signed books will be available!!)
I am so very honored to be the featured author on the Literary Classics International Book Awards and Reviews Author Spotlight!
The link is http://www.clcawards.org/Author-Spotlight.html
Sherrill S. Cannon
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ASPIRE TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
After my phase of competing in horse shows and deciding I’d like to become a vet, upon further reflection that this might not be the best career choice (knowing I was allergic to animals), I decided to become a physical education teacher (since I loved sports and was a member of three varsity teams). This was reviewed in dismay by my high school principal, since I turned down the offer of a scholarship to Wellesley (because they didn’t offer a degree in P.E.) – but it was very rewarding when ten years after graduation I became the Head of the P.E. Department at that very same school!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER AND WHY?
I have always written rhyming poetry, even at age 4 when my mother wrote down my poems for me. So I’ve always been a “writer”, but only became a published author in 2009 at age 69!
HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE?
All of my books are about consideration for others and being kind, usually disguised as fun stories – so the idea of a book about the Golden Rule was a decision to be a little more specific and to show children the ways they could follow the Golden Rule in their own young lives. (I really wish I could send copies to Congress!)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK AND WHY?
“It’s a rule that you live by, to give and to share,
A way to treat others to show that you care.”
The book’s main message is “Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you” and is filled with suggestions on ways children can do this!
WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MOST LIKE YOU AND WHY?
I would like to think Robert, the main character, is hopefully most like me. He does bring out the teacher in me!
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HOPE READERS WILL GLEAN FROM YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated!
TELL US SOMETHING FUN ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A WRITER:
Reading to children is the most rewarding and fun part of being an author, and can also provide many entertaining moments. I remember one event during the question and answer session where, after multiple questions, one child raised her hand, stood up, and announced, “I have a pillow pet!” Immediately, about 30 other hands shot up into the air. Sensing a pattern, I asked, “How many others of you have a pillow pet!” Almost all hands shot up into the air!!! Then we went on to more serious issues!!
WHICH AUTHOR HAS MOST GREATLY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE?
Dr. Seuss. I love his ability to think in rhyme and meter, although he had a tendency to make up words to fit his rhymes!
WHAT BOOK HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE?
The Bible, of course, but I am a prolific reader so it’s difficult to select just one! To simplify, perhaps Horton Hatches the Egg. I love that message…
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST LITERARY ACCOMPLISHMENT?
My first published book, Santa’s Birthday Gift, is my favorite and apparently my fans’ favorite too since it’s sold over 6,000 copies now (which is an accomplishment for a soft-cover independent-press holiday book).
HOW DID YOU FIND AN AGENT / GET PUBLISHED?
I sent out a few inquiries when I first wrote the stories, but after receiving the message that publishers weren’t accepting unsolicited manuscripts and the agents weren’t accepting unpublished manuscripts, I decided to not go there! Later, when I retired and was not getting any younger, I sent my manuscript to SBPRA (which was at that time, Eloquent Books)…and the rest is history!
WHAT DID YOU DO TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION/PUBLISH DATE/OR OTHER OF YOUR AWARD WINNING BOOK?
My husband took a photo of me holding Santa’s Birthday Gift when it arrived, which has become a tradition for each successive book.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF BECOMING PUBLISHED AND ANY TIPS YOU MIGHT OFFER FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS?
My publisher has been awesome throughout each of the steps to publication, with my only concerns happening in the edit phase (since my books have rhyme and meter, and cannot be subject to many suggested revisions. “Said”, “replied” and “responded” are not interchangeable, as far as meter is concerned!) However the most important advice I can give is to have your book edited!!! Any book with poor punctuation, misspellings, misused words, etc. will never make it in this world of abundant authors, so please don’t skimp on this valuable part of the process!
CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE FOR WRITERS ON HOW BEST TO PROMOTE THEIR BOOK?
Social media is imperative! Facebook, including a Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram are all basic necessities, as well as having a Blog of some sort (I use wordpress – sherrillcannon.com ) where you can communicate with your readers. I also enter lots of contests, since winning an award provides instant credibility in the ever-growing world of authors. I have been very fortunate, since in addition to my Silver Medal in the 2016 CLC Awards, my books have won a total of 42 awards!
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!
My Fingerpaint Masterpiece
The Magic Word
Peter and the Whimper-Whineys
Santa’s Birthday Gift
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS?
Please continue to submit your books to the Literary Classics. Their Seal of Approval is awesome, whether or not you actually win a medal. Parents look for books with CLC approval!!
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?
Yes, I have one last book I’d like to have published. (Since I am already 76 years old, I probably won’t be writing any more new ones.)
If my publisher agrees, it will be available in 2017. (I can only manage to release one per year!)
My awesome illustrator, Kalpart, has update the cover for The Golden Rule with its new award!
I am honored to be recognized by the Readers Favorite International Awards for the sixth year in a row, since I have had all 8 books acknowledged every year since 2011.
“The Golden Rule” is a Finalist this year in Children’s Concept. Thank you also to my awesome illustrator, Kalpart!
Congratulations to all!
(I am also pleased to announce that this is the 44th Award for my books.)