Monthly Archives: July 2020

David’s ADHD Has Updated Cover – Thank You, Kalpart!

Winner of 11 Awards

Thanks to my awesome illustrator Kalpart for adding the Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Winner Award in School Issues to the David’s ADHD Cover

I also received notification from Story Monsters Ink that my photo holding the 2 Purple Dragonfly Awards is now listed on their website as well…  David’s ADHD also won an Honorable Mention in Special Needs/Disability Awareness.

Here is the Link to the Awards: Purple Dragonfly Winners

Winner of 2 Awards


Purple Dragonfly Awards for David’s ADHD

I was asked to send a photo of me holding my awards from the Purple Dragonfly Awards for children’s books… David’s ADHD was honored with two awards!!  1st Place for School Issues plus an H.M. for Special Needs/Disability Awareness.  This award is sponsored by Story Monsters LLC and will be included in their Back to School issue…!

Thank You Note from Cecilia and Thomas

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

One of my favorite fans is Cecilia, who is 7 years old and refers to me as “the girl who writes books for me“…  She was delighted to receive a copy of my newest release, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book as well as a copy for her little brother, Thomas.  (It is difficult to “share” a coloring book!!)

I received this lovely thank-you note:




Lovely Feathered Quill Review for the Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book 

Review by Feathered Quill Book Reviews

By: Sherrill S. Cannon

Illustrated by: Kalpart

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Publication Date: June 2020 – ISBN: 978-1-952269-68-4

Reviewed by: Holly Connors  –  Review Date: July 2020 

Prolific, and very successful, children’s book author Sherrill S. Cannon is at it again, with another fun and engaging adventure, but with a twist…this one isn’t just a great story, but also a coloring book. 

Peter is a cute little rabbit, living in a house near the woods with his mother and sister. While he’s adorable, he does have a problem – he complains about everything. He whines, he gets grumpy, and he cries. Nothing seems to make him happy. At dinner that night, he complains about his sister having more soup, more jelly for her roll, and gosh darn it, it just wasn’t right. 

Peter’s mother had already warned him that if he kept up his grumpy attitude, the “Whimper-Whineys” would come looking for him. 

“If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear That the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here. You’ll go live with them in a land far away, Where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.” 

The little rabbit didn’t listen to his mother and soon he was sent to his room to sulk and think about his poor attitude. Looking out the window, he wished he was in the woods beyond his home. Instantly, he was transported into the woods where he soon met…a Whimper-Whiney. Peter was about to learn just what being a whiner was all about from a group of woodland men who were nothing short of professional whiners. Would Peter learn that complaining about everything was not a good way to live one’s life? 

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys is based on a story the author’s mother told her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. With the urging of her own children, Sherrill Cannon worked her magic to bring the story of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys to life in a very imaginative way. The story is lighthearted, and the author has mastered the very difficult technique of telling a story in rhyme without the text feeling forced – not an easy feat! While once again partnering with Kalpart for the illustrative work, the difference with this book is that the pictures aren’t colored, but rather simple line-drawings, leaving the coloring up to the child’s imagination. The added coloring activity will likely spark more creative play around the concept of Whimper-Whineys and the negative impact of complaining all the time. 

Quill says: Peter learns a big lesson in his adventure with the Whimper-Whineys, a lesson that he wants to share with others. It’s a lesson that your kids will love learning, while they color each page. 

Christmas in July? Finally, a book that ties two holiday traditions into one inspirational tale of wonder – as Santa brings gifts to baby Jesus

Christmas Gifts are Birthday Gifts for Jesus

“Christmas in July” should include the story of Santa’s Birthday Gift – which is what Santa gives, not gets!

Winner of 2 Awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Silver Award and the 2011 Indie Excellence Finalist Award.  Santa’s Birthday Gift includes Santa in the Christmas story.

When I read a story of the Nativity to my grandchild, she looked at me and asked, “But where’s Santa?”  That is how this story came to be – first relating a simple story of the Nativity, and then relating how Santa saw the star and became a part of the story.  Since Santa is essentially the “Spirit of Christmas”, this story remains true – even as a child gets older.  One of my favorite “reviews” is a note shared by a mother who said that after her child read the story she said, “Now I get it!”

“Santa’s Birthday Gift takes two Christmas stories & combines them in one story book…Too often we allow Santa to be the main focus of Christmas…clearly demonstrates that Santa gives gifts in honor of Jesus birthday…The rhyming is sure to catch the attention of your child…to become a family favorite” – Readers Favorite

“…a wonderfully crafted story that explains both the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus’ spirit of gift giving…written with such skill …The traditional nativity story re-told in simple terms that most every child would understand. This story will become a part of your Christmas tradition; it is that good and that inspiring” – Kid Lit Reviews

Here are several other reviews on amazon:

What a lovely children’s book. I received this as a gift and voluntarily chose to review it. I’ve given it a 5* rating. Plenty of graphics to draw children’s eyes but the story is told in a rhyming fashion that I loved. This story draws Santa into the birth of Jesus story. Can hardly wait to share this with my grandchildren.

ISBN 978-1-60860-824-9   – $11.50


Manner-Man is a Superhero!!

Manner-Man – to the Rescue!!

Manner-Man the Superhero

Winner of 10 awards: Winner of the 2014 CLIPP Principals’ Award, the KART Kids Book List, the Reviewers Choice Award, Los Angeles Book Festival, Global eBook Silver Medal; as well as a 2013 Readers Favorite Silver Medal, National Indie Excellence Finalist, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and H.M. in the London Book Fair and Rebecca’s Reads Awards.

Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies,and teaches them how to look within themselves for their own superhero. ISBN: 978-1-62212-478-7 –  $12.50


Manner-Man is the third book in my Manners Trilogy, following The Magic Word and Gimme-Jimmy.

Here is a lovely review from one of amazon”s top reviewers

Customer Review


Manner-Man was the recipient of the prestigious CLIPP Book Awards for Grades K-2 – voted on by school principals throughout the United States.  Here is the CLIPPA Release for the Award

National release

Sherrill Cannon and P.J. Hartenaus Named Winners of

2014 Principals’ Award for Independently Published Children’s Literature

Branford CT, Oct 1, 2014 – The 2014 Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Awards (CLIPPA) were announced today.  Sherrill S. Cannon of New Hope PA was selected as winner of the top award in the Grades K-2 category for her book Manner-Man. P.J. Hartenaus of Glen Ellyn, IL was chosen in the Grades 3-4 Category for her book, My Sometimes Pal.

The CLIPPA honors outstanding children’s books that offer fun, learning and creativity and were self-published by independent authors.  Entries were judged by elementary school principals, educators and children’s authors for originality, learning quality and use of language standards.

The award-winning books were selected from 10 finalists – five in each category.

Manner-Man features a super hero who teaches children to share, be polite and make friends.  He shows up to helps resolve conflicts, lays out “polite rules” for kids to follow and addresses bullying situations and ways to deal with them. The judges said: “The rhyming and repetitive nature of the text was entertaining – kids will love it!” and called it “A useful book for parents, teachers and kids.” 

 My Sometimes Pal, which was inspired by Hartenaus’ visit to the Belden School, an abandoned one-room schoolhouse built in 1859, teaches young readers about life in the late 1800s, while also addressing the topic of bullying. The judges said the book “…paints a picture for the reader of what life was like in the mid-1800s” and it offers “Good lessons about friendships, communication, family roles and standing up for yourself and your values.”

 Cannon is a retired teacher and author of six children’s book. Hartenaus is a fifth grade teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Manner-Man is also fun to read aloud to students, asking them to repeat the phrase “I am strong and my flash is bright, and I will defend you and make things all right!” 

The conclusion is…“And always remember your hero’s inside…”



How a Bully Learns to Share…Gimme-Jimmy

How a Bully Learns to Share

Gimme-Jimmy is the 2nd book in what I call my Manners Trilogy, preceded by The Magic Word and followed by Manner-Man.

Winner of 5 awards: Winner of the 2013 Global eBook Silver Medal, Indie Excellence Finalist and Reader Views Finalist Awards as well as the 2012 Readers Favorite Silver Medal Award and the 2012 Pinnacle Achievement Winner Award.

Gimme-Jimmy is about how a bully learns to share.  His “New Polite Rule” helps him learn to make friends. ISBN 978-1-61897-267-5


A couple of reviews posted on amazon include:

“Gimme-Jimmy is another amazing story by award-winning author, Sherrill S. Cannon. Gimme-Jimmy uses rhyming verse that makes reading this book easy and fun. Kids just stick to the charming catchy text, and learn to be polite and well-behaved. Cannon’s books do miracles of teaching good manners to children in an entertaining way.  A boy named Jimmy is rude and acts like a bully. Jimmy’s father warns him that if Jimmy does not improve his behavior, his hand will grow larger and larger from snatching things that are not his. Suddenly, Jimmy notices that his hand is growing large and he cannot even move it. Will Jimmy get his hand back to the normal size or will it grow even larger? …”

“My four year old son just loves this book. It has been such a nice springboard to have the conversation about sharing and being polite — and the growing hand is a literal way for me to explain to him that it is important to use his manners. I love the rhyme and meter (makes reading to him fun for both of us!) I highly recommend this book!”

This book is also somewhat unusual in that it is a story involving a father and son.

Another fun fact is that previous readers will find the character Elisabeth from The Magic Word in the illustrations, as well as some of her classmates.  These children reoccur in following books, so there is a cast of familiar characters in each succeeding release. I am always careful to include children of all colors and nationalities in the illustrations, so that every child can find himself/herself in each book.  My illustrator, Kalpart, is awesome!!!  Please enjoy!!!





What is The Magic Word?

Winner of 6 awards: Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal, 2011 Pinnacle Achievement Award Winner, 2011 Global Finalist Award, 2012 Reader Views Second Place, 2012 International Book Awards Finalist, and 2012 Next Generation Indie Finalist.

Elisabeth needs to learn The Magic Word “Please”, and to use it every day. Please and Thank you are words that everyone needs to use!   ISBN 978-1-60976-909-3   – $12.50


Summertime is a good time for kids to be reading fun books, especially if they help teach some valuable lessons at the same time!  No, the magic word is not abracadabra.  The magic word which works best is PLEASE!!  Rude little Elisabeth learns that saying “Please” and “Thank You” work their magic when making friendships as well…

My daughter, a kindergarten teacher, loves this book.  She informed me that after reading the book with her class, the children were taking great delight in using the phrase, “What is the magic word?” in their relationships with other students!

Previous 5-Star Review for The Magic Word:  “Elizabeth discovers she has no friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party.  Elizabeth does not understand why she has no friends until she talks to her mom.  Mom suggests Elizabeth learn to be more considerate of her classmates and teacher, and to learn to use the magic words “thank you” and “please.”

The Magic Word gently teaches children two important life skills: how to make friends and manners.  Ms. Cannon writes in rhyme that is simply and easy to follow.  Kids will love learning how to treat others kindly while reading this story.  It is also a good read-aloud-story, perfect for pre-school and kindergarten classes.  The illustrator has given the child characters wonderful expressions that are easy to understand.  They are drawn in soft pastels.  This short, 25-page book, delivers on every level.  Written in one of the most difficult manners, poetry, the story is pleasant, the message clear and the illustrations fantastic.”

There is also a short poem at the conclusion of the story, which I will share here:

There is a Magic Word
To use when you’re in need,
So give a smile and shout it out:
The magic word is Please!
There are some other words
That bring a magic touch:
When someone does nice things for you,
Say “Thank you, very much!”

This book is the first in what I consider my “Manners Trilogy”…  I will share Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man in following posts…  Enjoy!!!  ( Available on amazon and

Fun to Find on the Reader Views Site!

Reader Views Featured

Nice to find on the Reader Views Site this morning!

Read the whining lines in your very best whining voice, and let your kids discover how annoying whining can be!

The newly released Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book is also available!

Lovely New Child Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

So delighted to share this Review by Lydia Dehning (age 6) for Reader Views Kids 7/2020

Because Peter and the Whimper-Whineys was published in 2010 – before I started entering many awards as a means of sharing my books with others – I entered the Reviewers Choice Awards at Reader Views for the Classics category for the 2021 Awards.  

I am delighted to share Lydia’s review with you…as well as her mother’s contribution!

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

Sherrill S. Cannon

Strategic Book Publishing (2010)

ISBN: 9781609115173

Reviewed by Lydia Dehning (age 6) for Reader Views Kids (7/2020)

“Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” by Sherrill S. Cannon is the story of a boy bunny who only whined and complained all day, every day. Peter’s mom tries to talk to him to make him be nicer, but when he keeps complaining and whining, he got sent to his room. His mom had told him that if he didn’t stop his whining, then the “Whimper-Whineys” would come for him and take him away with them. Peter was lying in bed thinking about what his mom had said, and then he found himself outside on a path. It’s not a good idea to be outside by yourself, especially when it’s dark, but Peter found himself outside of his room and was looking at a strange-looking man. The man was a Whimper-Whiney and was there to take Peter! Peter found out what it’s like with the Whimper-Whineys and how it’s not much fun. I hope that this experience has changed Peter and will make him nicer all of the time.

My mom says that I whine sometimes, but I’m glad that there aren’t really Whimper Whineys around. If you believe that they are real, then this book might be a little scary, but I thought it wasn’t and was fun to read. There are still too many words on the pages for me to read by myself, but with my mom reading it to me, it goes by fast. I like the pictures in the book because they show what’s going on in the story; there are dark pictures when Peter is out at night, and brighter ones when he’s doing things during the day. I think kids of any age will like this book because kids of all ages whine and complain.

Note from Mom: This is an amazing book to read to your kids – on many levels. Through appropriate illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text, this can be used for manners. Peter observes what it looks like to be rude, loud, and obnoxious, which helps him to be able to change his own ways. This can be a great reminder for kids when they start acting unappreciative or selfish – they will remember the Whimper-Whineys, and what “could” happen to them if they don’t shape up. This story can be used by parents, teachers, and counselors – anyone with interaction with kids and those trying to remedy bad behaviors. I would recommend this book to everyone!”

Thanks so much to Lydia and her mother for such lovely reviews!

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

I’d also like to remind everyone that my newest release is the Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book!  It is exactly the same as the complete book, but the illustrations have been traced so that they are colorable!  I hope many of you will share your children’s creative interpretations with me…   It is now available online at  amazon and Barnes & Noble or through my website at and