Category Archives: Awards

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.

 

 

 

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

Kalpart Adds Readers Favorite Award to the Cover of A Dime is a Sign

Thank you KJ of Kalpart Illustrations for adding the new Readers Favorite Finalist Award sticker to the cover of A Dime is a Sign… 

7 Awards for A Dime is a Sign. It also has a Pinnacle Achievement Award…

I also love her additional comment to me:

“…This is soo very cool. I am getting used to this, of having an award every few days. You are doing extremely well.”  

Kalpart has illustrated all of my books, and is working on the newest children’s book to be released this fall… Please stay tuned!

(I have also been informed that SBPRA will add the awards to the Cover!!)

A Dime is a Sign wins Readers Favorite Awards Finalist in Poetry!

What a happy way to start September!!!

Readers Favorite Finalist Award in Poetry

This is the 7th Award for A Dime is a Sign… and my 75th!!!

So thrilled…and grateful!

 

Thanks to Kalpart for Adding the Silver Global eBook Award to the Cover of A Dime is a Sign

Thanks to Kalpart Illustrations, illustrator of all my books, for adding the Silver Medal Global eBook Award to the cover of A Dime is a Sign!

A Dime is a Sign Wins Silver in the Global eBook Awards

So happy to announce that A Dime is a Sign has won it’s 6th Award, a Silver Medal in the Global eBook Awards!

(This is my 74th Award…)

It received the following Midwest Book Review in the Reviewers Choice Section (March 2019):

Susan Violante, Reviewer
Reader Views

“A Dime is a Sign” by Sherrill S. Cannon is another keeper! The book is a collection of eclectic poetry formats all focusing on putting ‘Feelings Into Words’ as noted by the subtitle. There is something special about Sherrill’s poetry that takes the reader out of their regular day and into an inward journey that heals old feelings from their past. This book contains poems about love and loss, organized into three sections: Love and Friendship, Of Related Emotions, and Of Heartache and Anguish. These parts represent the tossing of a dime (Heads, spinning, and tails).

I loved the metaphor as I chose poems to read and decided to toss the coin, sometimes by spinning the pages to see which poem I got. This made the read fun and thought provoking as again and again I would get poems that connected with my current mood or situation! For example, I was working on a small speech for my daughter’s upcoming wedding, and the landing page was on ‘Love is Love’ which embodied the message I wanted to convey to the bride and groom…so I made it a part of my speech and will read it citing the book and author of course, during the toast or even the ceremony.

It is hard, as usual with Cannon’s poems, to pick a favorite but the one below is one that stands out as the contrast of simplicity and depth, hand in hand with words and feelings, is evident immediately:

A Poem

You sent me a poem
(I think it was you)
Describing a moment
That I never knew…

A tentative feeling
Of love in the air
Portrayed with an image
Of quiet despair

As the portentous moment
Revealing love’s joys
Was disrupted by sounds
Of a motorbike’s noise…

And the now broken moment
Reduced to a page
Of unrevealed passion
That never could age…’

“A Dime is a Sign” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a collection of feelings straight from the author’s heart that will touch all readers. I recommend it to all poetry lovers, but especially recommend it to anyone searching for the words behind their feelings, words that describe unforgettable lived moments and words to heal hearts. A Five-Star collection to keep!

Silver Medal in the 2019 Global eBook Awards