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Barefoot Librarian’s Review of David’s ADHD

I am so proud of this lovely Review from the Barefoot Librarian for David’s ADHD.  This was part of the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Special Award for Early Readers Picture Books

4/29/2020 – Barefoot Librarian Featured Book Review

David’s ADHD by Sherrill Cannon won the The Barefoot Librarian Book Award in the 2019-2020 Reader Views Literary Awards. David’s ADHD was selected from the finalists in the early reader category, picture books geared toward 6-8 year old readers.

David’s ADHD
Author: Sherrill S. Cannon
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. 2020

In this time of increased demand for diverse books for children, David’s ADHD is a welcome addition. Diverse books often focus on different cultures and minorities, and there is still a serious dearth of these. However, it is important not to omit books with main characters that are diverse for other reasons. Children need mirrors to see themselves in books, and they also need windows to see into the lives of others. This creates understanding, compassion, and empathy. David’s ADHD is such a book.
David is a child who has certain behaviors that his parents, teachers, and classmates do not understand. Some of these actions are described by the author in the book.

“When David was young, he could not pay attention,
No matter what his mother would mention.
His mind would not focus and this made him mad.
He got so frustrated with problems he had.
His parents just didn’t know what they could do.
He tried to tie laces, and then throw his shoe.
He’d try to draw pictures, and then rip the page.
He seemed to be filled with a terrible rage.
He couldn’t sit still, and he wouldn’t obey.
‘He’s just hyperactive,’ his grandma would say.”
“Everyone thought he was out of control;
His angry resentment was taking its toll.
The kids wouldn’t play with him; he was too rough.
He’d push and he’d shove, and he’d grab at their stuff.
Nobody liked him or wanted him near.
And he seemed to be getting worse, year after year.”

David’s parents loved him and wanted to help him. So, they took him to a doctor that diagnosed him with ADHD – Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This is what David’s parents learned.

“That some children lacked a certain dimension;
ADHD meant they could not pay attention.”
“A small lazy link somewhere in the head.
Sleepy connection that wasn’t so good;
It didn’t use sugar the way that it should.”

The doctors told David’s parents that some children with ADHD could be taught ways to cope with their condition, while others need medication in addition to coping mechanisms. David’s teachers and therapist worked to together to give David tools to deal with his problems and frustrations. Some of these coping mechanisms included setting up rules for different situations as well as creating a schedule that must be followed. Also, David found a computer helped him to get his thoughts out much more quickly than the challenge of writing by hand.

The author, Sherrill S. Cannon, has done an excellent job with her subject matter and main character. She not only describes the behaviors associated with ADHD but also explains what is happening in the brain that leads to these behaviors. This is a medical condition that is difficult to explain in a way that children can comprehend and relate to. The author’s explanations are easy to understand because she uses everyday comparisons, such as a camera that cannot focus.

“He couldn’t see things the others could see.”
“We all have a camera that lives in our head.
It gives us bright pictures of that is said.
The lens helps us focus, to make things seem clear.
Dave’s couldn’t connect with his eye or his ear.
The focusing lens was asleep in his brain.
He needed some help to wake it again…”

The book presents several points of view – the child with ADHD, the child’s parents, and the child’s friends and schoolmates. This makes the book a valuable resource for parents, educators, medical professionals, and therapists. Children with ADHD can see themselves in this book and see how others perceive them. Children who have peers or family members with ADHD will learn what the ADHD child is experiencing, why they exhibit certain behaviors, and how to respond.

The illustrations fit the tone of the book perfectly. They are cheerful, colorful, and fun. The characters are cartoon-like giving the subject matter a lightness and brightness that matches the tone of this rhyming book. The illustrations and rhyming text make this subject more accessible to children.
The book projects a positive yet realistic point of view. The author explains that David’s ADHD may never go away and that David may have to always use the tools he has learned. But the book also emphasizes that David has learned to accept and control his ADHD. I found this book to be informative and accessible and I highly recommend it to teachers, parents, medical professionals, and therapists that have children with ADHD in their lives. The author aptly summed up the value of her book in the following quote.

“My greatest hope for this book is that it is shared in libraries, so that it’s available to all… The primary goal was to not only help children with ADHD, but also to help classmates, friends and family understand and to encourage classroom inclusion. I’m not sure how many parents might be reluctant to order a book about ADHD, tacitly admitting their child might be affected, but will be able to read it and decide about checking a copy out of a library. Perhaps an asymptomatic child will be able to find himself/herself – or a schoolmate – in the book. I sincerely hope it makes it into school libraries everywhere!” …Sherrill S. Cannon




Addie Reads Manner-Man on Addie’s Angels

Addie Loves My Books

How wonderful to tune in to Addie’s Angels podcast to hear Addie reading Manner-Man to her young viewers.

Addie reads Manner-Man

Many of you already “know” Addie, since she inspired my former Fundraiser for CureJM. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Myositis when she was about 3-years old.   I have delighted in watching her grow and shine…and now she is reading my books to her young followers on her Addie’s Angels blog site.

She is also one of the characters in several of my books, thanks to my wonderful illustrator – Kalpart – who illustrates all of my books and uses some of my special children and family members as characters in the books.  Addie is on a couple of covers (including Manner-Man) and also my newest book, David’s ADHD...

Thanks, Addie, for sharing!  I love you!!!

Note from the Parents of the Original David

I received the following note from the parents of the David for whom David’s ADHD was written.  (After I had read one of my children’s stories to him, he told me that he wished there were a book for kids like him…)



…”The story has stood the test of time.  Kids grow and have a mind of their own.  You hope the foundation in childhood provides the basis for their life. We all have gifts and struggles and when you think about it on a grand scheme, it makes accepting different ideas and ways a bit easy to understand differences.  Every parent/grandparent knows and feels this and I think even more as we age.
Thank you for writing the book and we hope it helps others.”
Thank you, Sally and Marty, for sharing!


Fun to have David’s ADHD Featured on Reader Views Literary Awards

Fun to discover this post this morning!

This is the cute review of David’s ADHD by 5-yr old Lydia and her Mom

 David’s ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon 

Reviewed by Lydia (Age 5) for Reader Views Kids (1/2020) 

“David’s ADHD” by Sherrill S. Cannon is about a little boy named David who has trouble focusing and paying attention at school. The beginning of the book describes what David does or doesn’t do because of his ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and it is neat how the other kids in his class are very understanding and do not get mad at him for no reason. 

The story tells how David’s parents figured out that there was something different about David because he would get mad easily with simple things like tying his shoes and drawing pictures. He would get mad and be mean to other kids and push them, which made other kids not want to play with him because he would hurt them. Eventually, David’s dad knew he wasn’t acting like normal and his parents took him to the doctor. The doctor did some tests and they found out there is a problem in his head. David has something wrong with him when he hears something, what he hears doesn’t go through his brain normally like it does for me. 

For some kids they will have to take medicine to help them to focus but for others they will be able to be okay with making lists and doing things in order all of the time. I liked this book because the other kids were nice to David. I also liked the pictures and how they told their part of the story by looking at them. I think that if I get to know someone with ADHD then I will be able to remember this story and know that they might not be able to help the way they are acting. I feel kind of bad for people with ADHD since it sounds like it’s hard to have, but the author made it sound like they have it under control. 

Note from Mom: From someone who has an interest in learning about mental disorders and anything that has to do with my child in the classroom, I enjoyed reading this to Lydia. I have been familiar with ADHD for many years now, but just in name – now I know more about the issue by reading my child this children’s book. I also enjoyed the pictures and the whole storyline. The words rhymed well, and everything flowed as it should. I am impressed with the list of accomplishments by Cannon from her past books – a good indicator that her future work will be just as good or better. 

(In addition to this Specialty Award, David’s ADHD also won a Silver Medal in the overall Children’s Picture Book category)

Story Monsters Approved Certificate of Excellence for David’s ADHD – Health and Wellness

I received this lovely Certificate of Excellence in Literature for David’s ADHD in Health and Wellness from Story Monsters, Inc

From the Story Monsters Website: “The Story Monsters Approved designation program was developed to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature that inspire, inform, teach or entertain.  A Story Monsters seal of approval on a book tells teachers, librarians, and parents they are giving children the very best.”

Thanks so very much for this honor…

Lovely New 5-Star Review for David’s ADHD by the Reading Authors Network

So happy to receive this lovely 5-star review from the Reading Authors Network!

David’s ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon #review #childrensbooks #differentabilities #atozchallenge

Does your child have ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

Meet David, one of award-winning author Sherrill S. Cannon’s “Classroom of Kids,” who manages his ADHD with the help of classmates.

David discovers ways to cope with his hyperactive brain, while learning how to calm and soothe his ADHD. Solutions include setting daily schedules and following simple rules that regulate behavior. His teachers and therapists encourage using the computer for academic advancement, and to establish a pattern for study as well as for occasional recreation. David not only learns self-control and communication skills, but is able to fit into the classroom and make friends.

My review:
There has not been one book that Sherrill S Cannon has written that I have not liked. Her stories for children have always been point on and needed to help children help themselves. This book is no exception.

This time the author tackles the problem of ADHD but from the standpoint of the child who has it, “David”. David’s problem is causing disruption in his parents, school, and himself. With the help of his classmates and family, he learns ways to control his behavior and gain  support.

As always, Kalpart illustrators do an excellent job in making Sherrill’s “kids” come to life with bright and bold illustrations. Also, don’t forget to look for other books by the author that have been cleverly hidden.

Told completely in rhyme, this book is more than just a book to help children to understand other kids like David. This book is a resource that should be in every home and school! In the back of the book are resources parents can use to help their own children who suffer from ADHD.

I highly recommend this 5 star book!  Amazon