Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology of Haiku International Poetry Now Available as eBook

So honored to have 5 of my Haiku poems included in this lovely anthology.

Tri-Anthology of Haiku Poetry

This is now available on Amazon Kindle, and will be available soon in Paperback

Here is the official notice

DIGITAL Version is available NOW! Please  Visit:
Stay tuned! Paperback: FALL 2019.
We have a Video Promotion created by Professor Massashi Nakamura.
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Thank you!
Maritza M. Mejia
LuzDelMes Publishing, Co – Director


The Manners Trilogy is Now In Maritza’s Classroom!

So happy to find this post on Facebook this morning:

Each book uses characters from the previous book to help children learn “good manners” and ways to give to others.

The Magic Word uses little Elisabeth to show children the importance of using Please and Thank You in their social relationships. Elisabeth’s mother reminds her, “What is the magic word?”

Elisabeth appears as a classmate in Gimme-Jimmy, who helps show children how to be polite and think of others (and not say “Gimme”!)  This book also uses Jimmy’s father as the main adult character…

Both Elisabeth and Jimmy appear as children advocates for bully prevention in Manner-Man, as they help the little main character (who just happens to be a caricature of my grandson, thanks to my awesome illustrator Kalpart) call for the superhero Manner-Man to help them stop bullying. Manner-Man reminds them that their own heroes are inside!

It’s been a lot of fun to continue writing about my “classroom of kids”, since many characters are recurring and other book covers are included in subsequent books.  Look for many of them in my new children’s book to be released this fall, David’s ADHD. Please stay tuned!!!

Gimme-Jimmy’s Lovely Review and Comment

Winner of 5 Awards

Fun to find on my FB page… Love this!  How a Bully Learns to Share!  Thank You Maritza M. Mejia!

  • Maritza M. Mejia And I love the book! It is my subfolder for primary levels. Excellent reading!

    Maritza Mejia’s Reviews > Gimme-Jimmy

    by Sherrill S. Cannon (Goodreads Author)

    This story is a perfect reading for primary levels. The main character is James Alexander, who had no friends since he wasn’t a good friend himself. His classmates at school gave him the nickname “Gimme Jimmy” because whatever he wants, he says Gimme!
    His father advises him to change, but he didn’t listen nor obey until Jimmy bumps into a big change that fix the problem. After his strange incident, Jimmy created a new polite set of rules for himself to treat others with respect. The classmates were excited with the change.
    It was a quick read, perfect for bed time or classroom read aloud. It teaches a valuable lesson for all children going to the stage of Gimme.

Fun to Have my Haiku Poetry Included in International Anthology

So pleased to have several of my Haiku poems included in the soon to be released International Poetry collection..  Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology:

I am featured today on the website:

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sherrill S. Cannon at Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology

Sherrill S. Cannon

Sherrill is a former teacher and a grandmother of ten, who is also a Multi-Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! Her children’s books My Little Angel, The Golden Rule, Mice & Spiders & Webs, Oh My!My Finger-paint MasterpieceManner-ManGimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, Peter, the Whimper-Whine’s and Santa’s Birthday Gift as well as her two books of poetry, A Penny for Your Thoughts and A Dime is A Sign, have received seventy-two 2011-19 National and International awards. She is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children, produced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates (so far).  She is a resident of New Hope, PA and travels with her husband of 59 years throughout North America in their RV, sharing her books. For more details visit:

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I saw a willow

hiding its face in its hands

silently weeping.

Sherrill es ex maestra, abuela y autora superventas ganadora de múltiples premios. Sus libros para niños My Little Angel, The Golden Rule, Mice & Spiders & Webs, Oh My !, My Finger-paint Masterpiece, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy,The Magic Word, Peter, the Whimper-Whine’s and Santa’s Birthday Gift y dos libros de Poesía, A Penny for Your Thoughts y A Dime is A Sign, han recibido premios nacionales e internacionales. Para más información:

Thank you all who submitted your work! 💐 

Multicultural Chain for Nature LuzDelMes Tri-Anthology is a REALITY thanks to you!

Maritza Martínez Mejía, AWA
September 20 at 6:21 PM
Meet author Sherrill S. Cannon LuzDelMes Tri-Anthology participant. Visit: 👉
https://luzdelm #LuzDelMesTriAnthology 🌞 #LuzDelMes🌠

The Golden Rule Helps You Teach Your Children How to Be Kind

Winner of 9 Awards

I am pleased that The Golden Rule is doing so well, and hope that more and more children are learning ways to “Treat Others the Way You’d Like to be Treated“…

Help them learn ways to “pay it forward”… and share the author’s familiar “classroom of kids” and the wonderful Kalpart Illustrations!

Thank you also to the Children’s Literary Classics Awards for the special Meme they prepared…

“No matter the color of anyone’s skin, it’s not just the outside – it’s what is within.” Literary Classics Award Winning Children’s Book Author – Sherrill S. Cannon

Please help teach your children to be kind...

Newtown Bookshop Poetry Reading and Interview Questions

I enjoyed my first poetry reading, held with the Poetry Club at Newtown Bookshop…  (Special Thank to Lynn Fanok and Kathy Morrison…)

I appreciated all those who attended despite the weather!

Also, a fan tweeted me this message before the event, and made my heart smile!

Here are the interview questions I answered before the event…

LF: I know you have published many children’s poetry books and have been granted awards for your work. Where did you find the inspiration to begin writing and publishing?

SC: I’ve been writing poetry since I was 4 years old when my mother would write them all down in a little notebook, which has since been lost…(sigh.)  My first published children’s book, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, was a story told to me and my brother by our mother when we were little, and then shared with the grandchildren when they were growing up. I wanted to preserve the story, so I wrote it out and put it into rhyme (since I loved writing poetry!) It is still one of my best-selling books… All of my books have subliminal messages for children about being kind, disguised as fun stories!  Most of them were written long before I retired and had the time to try to get them published, and I was so happy to find a publisher who provided me with such an awesome illustrator! 

LF: Do you remember writing your first poem? What was it about?

SC: I really can’t remember… I know one of them from grade 5 about a fire was included in the school’s yearbook!  

LF: What are some of your creative influences?

SC: My poetry is all about trying to put feelings into words, and as a high school teacher I was also able to use my poetry to help counsel many troubled teens and friends along the way.  

LF: Do you have a writing routine or creative process that you follow?

SC: No – Many times poetry comes to me at night, and I have to quickly write it down so I can work on it in the morning!  I love rhyme and meter, and also enjoy the challenge of sonnets with the required 14 lines of specifically rhyming words.  

 LF: What are your future writing plans?

 SC:I am under contract for another children’s book, David’s ADHD,to be released this fall.  Most of my children’s books have what one reviewer dubbed my “classroom of kids”, (thanks to having the same illustrator for all of them) so although the stories are different, many of the characters are the same. (Fun to go to an elementary school reading and have a child point out, “Oh…There’s Gimme-Jimmy!”)  So this book will include a child with ADHD – who is an illustration in many of the previous books – and help show how he learns to cope in the classroom and life.

 LF: Why is poetry important in the world? 

SC: I love the music of the words, and the painting in the mind… It’s been gratifying to find out that structured poetry is still appreciated, and that many readers have been able to relate!  I actually let the poem determine the structure, and sometimes craft acrostic poems for special people or occasions as well.  Poetry gives pleasure and sometimes helps ease pain with empathy. 

LF: What do you hope readers take away from your poetry?

SC: A love for words…their meanings and sounds…and the feelings evoked.




Poetry Reading Event at the Newtown Bookshop this evening – September 12th at 6:30!

I am honored to be reading my poetry this evening at the Newtown Bookshop (in Newtown, PA) on Thursday September 12th at 6:30 p.m.  This will be my first poetry reading, since I usually do children’s readings at the elementary schools.

I will be reading selections from both of my award-winning poetry books, A Penny for Your Thoughts and also A Dime is a Sign – and maybe sneak in a selection from one of the children’s books since they are all in rhyme!!

I’m finding it difficult to choose which to include, so I decided to see which had been chosen as favorites in all the lovely reviews I have received, and have selected the most popular.  (If anyone cares to offer a suggestion, please let me know before Thursday!)

Here is a brief Summary and List of Poetry Awards:        

Winner of 12 Awards:  A Penny for Your ThoughtsHave you ever loved, been loved, been confused about love, or suffered from loss of love? All these feelings have been captured and shared in the words of heartfelt poems, compiled over many years by a former teacher and award-winning author. The variety of lyrical poetry forms include free verse, blank verse, haiku, & sonnets. The book has won a Gold Reader Views Award, and its Specialty Poetry Prize Award, Gold Feathered Quill Award, Gold New Apple Book Award, Gold Los Angeles Book Festival Winner, Gold eLit Award, Gold New Apple eBook, TopShelf Winner, Silver FAPA President’s Award, Bronze Global eBook Award, Royal Dragonfly HM & Pinnacle Award. ISBN 978-1-946540-56-0 Soft Cover $12.50/ ISBN 978-1-946540-57-7 Hard $23.50

Winner of 8 AwardsA Dime is a Sign – This volume of poetry is a companion to A Penny for Your Thoughts, with the same feelings and the same formatting…just additional poetry!  A psychic medium once said that if you find a random dime, it is a sign that someone you have loved and lost is thinking of you… Once again, the variety of lyrical poetry forms include free verse, blank verse, haiku, & sonnets. It has received a Silver Medal Reader Views Literary Awards, Bronze Medal Award from Feathered Quill, a Book Excellence Awards Finalist, a Global eBook Awards Silver Medal, a FAPA President’s Awards Bronze Medal, a Readers Favorite Finalist Award, a New Apple Summer eBook Official Selection as well as a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and three 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite.  ISBN 978-1-949483-20-8 Soft Cover – $13.50


76th Award – A Dime is a Sign has won its 8th Award: an Official Selection in Poetry in the New Apple Summer eBook Awards

8 Awards for A Dime is a Sign. Kalpart will be adding them to the cover!

Another wonderful surprise this morning from the 2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards, naming A Dime is a Sign an Official Selection in Poetry...

This the 8th Award for this Poetry Book of Feelings, and my 76th overall.

(My husband asked me who’s going to put it up on the Award Wallpaper!)

This arrives just in time for my Poetry Reading tomorrow at the Newtown Bookshop (Newtown, PA) at 6:30…




My Award Wallpaper!

Thank you to my husband for adding several new award certificates to my Award Wall… which I now term Award Wallpaper!

Award Wallpaper

There are a few award certificates missing – some eBook Awards and others don’t offer them – but I’ve been collecting them since my first three books were Readers Favorite Winners in 2011 when I began submitting to contests.

(The Magic Word won a Gold, Santa’s Birthday Gift won a Silver, and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys won a Bronze in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards.  That was awesome!!!)

Now, 75 Awards later, I am still submitting to contests…my favorite marketing tool!  (My publisher suggests I win my age…79.  I’m trying!)

List of Awards…In Order Received:

2019 – Readers Favorite Awards – Finalist – A Dime is a Sign

2019 – Global eBook Awards – Silver – A Dime is a Sign

2019 – FAPA President’s Award – Bronze – A Dime is a Sign

2019 – Book Excellence Awards – Finalist – A Dime is a Sign

2019 – Reader Views Literary Awards – Silver – A Dime is a Sign

2019 – New Apple Book Awards – Gold – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2019 – New Apple Book Awards – Official Selection – My Little Angel

2019 – Feathered Quill Book Awards – Bronze Medal – A Dime is a Sign

2018 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – A Dime is a Sign

2018 – Royal Dragonfly – H.M. – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – IAN Book of the Year Finalist– My Little Angel

2018 – Top Shelf – Winner – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – New Apple Summer eBook Awards – Gold – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Global eBook – Gold – My Little Angel

2018 – Global eBook – Bronze – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – FAPA President’s Award – Silver – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Book Excellence Awards – Gold – My Little Angel

2018 – eLit Book Awards – Gold – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – eLit Book Awards – Gold – The Golden Rule

2018 – Los Angeles Book Festival Awards – Winner – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Reader Views Specialty Award for Most Innovative Book of Poetry – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Reader Views Literary Awards – Gold Medal – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Feathered Quill Book Awards – Gold Medal – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2018 – Feathered Quill Book Awards – Bronze Medal – My Little Angel

2017 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – A Penny for Your Thoughts

2017 – Royal Dragonfly Awards – HM – My Little Angel

2017 – IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist – The Golden Rule

2017 – Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist – My Little Angel

2017 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – My Little Angel

2017 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice – 2ndPlace – The Golden Rule

2016 –  Book Excellence Award – Gold Medal – The Golden Rule

2016 – Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist – The Golden Rule

2016 – Global eBook Gold Medal – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2016 – FAPA President’s Award – Bronze Medal – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2016 – Children’s Literary Classics Silver Medal – The Golden Rule

2016 – Mom’s Choice Award – Silver – The Golden Rule

2016 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – The Golden Rule

2016 – Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval – The Golden Rule

2016 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – H.M. – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Readers’ Favorite – H.M. – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Global eBook Bronze Medal – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 – National Indie Excellence Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 – Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece– C’s Pic Book

2015 –  Next Generation Indie Awards Finalist – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece– C’s Juv. Fiction

2015 – Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2015 –  Pinnacle Achievement Award – Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My!

2015 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – H.M. – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – CLIPP Awards Winner K-2 – Manner-Man

2014 – KART Awards Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – Reader’s Favorite Illustrations Award – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece 

2014 – Global eBook Silver Medal – Manner-Man

2014 – National Indie Excellence Finalist – Manner-Man

2014 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

2014 – Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice – Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards – H.M. – Manner-Man

2014 – Los Angeles Book Festival – Winner – Manner-Man

2014 – London Book Festival H.M – Manner-Man

2013 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Manner-Man

2013 – Pinnacle Achievement Award – Manner-Man

2013 – Global eBook Silver Medal – Gimme-Jimmy

2013 – Indie Excellence Finalist – Gimme-Jimmy

2013 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice 3rdPlace – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist – The Magic Word

2012 – Global eBook 3rdPlace – The Magic Word

2012 – International Book Awards Finalist – The Magic Word

2012 – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Gimme-Jimmy

2012 – Reader Views Reviewers Choice 2ndPlace – The Magic Word

2011 – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – The Magic Word

2011 – The USA “Best Books 2011” Finalist – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

2011 – Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

2011 – Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal – Santa’s Birthday Gift

2011  – Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal – The Magic Word

2011 – Indie Excellence Finalist – Santa’s Birthday Gift