I was thrilled to receive a request for review copies of My Little Angelfor the prestigious Cybils Awards.
“The Cybils Awards started by a small group of bloggers in 2006 as a grassroots project. Our mission has always been to help discover children’s and YA books which combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal and to bring those books to the attention of librarians, teachers, parents, and others who help to encourage reading in children and teens.”
I am so pleased that My Little Angel has qualified for this Award Competition, for I will now be able to submit copies to seven reviewers of children’s books throughout the United States and Canada – which hopefully will result ultimately in sharing my book with lots of children!!! Whether the book wins an award or not, this is a wonderful opportunity! I’ll be sure to keep you posted!!
My favorite children’s books are rhyming books, and Sherrill Cannon once again in “My Little Angel” has created a masterpiece. The story is uplifting, the illustrations are beautiful, and it’s one of those books where you feel good all over when you finish it. You want to linger on the words, the message, and read it again and again. The story is biblical, where the young girl has an angel who protects her and helps her throughout the day. Prayer, self-worth, kindness, gratitude, and love are recurring themes and make this a wonderful book to share and read to young children. “My Little Angel” is a great addition to children’s literature and I’m sure it will win many awards in the years to come.
Nice to be a included in the Testimonials for the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Awards…
“I have entered the Reader Views Literary Awards Reviewer’s Choice program each year since I discovered the program in 2012 when The Magic Word won a 2nd place award. This has been followed each consecutive year with Gimme-Jimmy a 2013 HM, Manner-Man a 2014 Gold, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece a 2015 HM, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! a 2016 HM, and The Golden Rule a 2017 2nd place. I hope that My Little Angel will do as well! The Awards themselves are great for marketing, but the way that this Awards Program is especially meaningful is that they use children to review the books. A child reviewer is very unique, since they evaluate the book’s appeal to actual children…the readers!! Reader Views also provides excellent marketing services in addition to their Awards Program.”
Sherrill has consistently written lovely rhyming books for young children. Not only do the books have quality text, but an important message for empathy and unity that is critical for children to see in books.
This book models natural consequences for unkind words, but then shows the main character Elizabeth reflecting on her decisions. This is a critical message that just because you make a mistake, there is a way to change and move forward.
As adults we read books like Unselfie by Michele Borba or The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey that outline the importance of explicitly teaching empathy and resilience in children.
Sherrill’s book does exactly that; a must have book for all young ones to see “the golden rule” in action.
The multicultural cast of characters is also very valuable as classrooms become increasingly diverse and children’s books need to help children learn to read while also reading the world.
Be sure to also check out the children’s plays this wonderful author has written for classroom teachers.
“A charming faith-based children’s book that illustrates a little girl being guided by her guardian angel, Angela.
Positive messages of kindness, patience, and a great work ethic are all modeled beautifully. I enjoyed the pacing of this book to walk through a typical day in the life of a child and all the positive choices she made when faced with a decision.
The author is also a teacher who supports and understands how to teach literacy skills with her books.
There are comprehension and reflection questions at the end of the book which can be used in a guided reading group, or at home to encourage reading aloud with your children.
Half of the proceeds from this book are donated healthcare and Bullying Prevention charities (through the SBPRA fundraising sites); another wonderful reason to support the philanthropy of this amazing author.”
Bethany is an international school educator and a literacy specialist. Please check out her website at www.biracialbookworms