Category Archives: Feelings

Last Year’s Winners of the Purple Dragonfly Awards includes David’s ADHD!

Fun to Find on Facebook – Winners of the Purple Dragonfly AwardsDavid’s ADHD!!!

Deadline for Entries for the next year’s awards is May 4th!  Please check it out, and enter your books!!  (I’ve already entered Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book!)  Great contest!!

Fun to Find on Facebook

Thank you Michelle for including me on this list, posted on Facebook!

Here is my list of children’s books:

Newly Released: The Golden Rule Coloring Book – A coloring book version of the popular The Golden Rule suggests ways children can learn to be kind to each other. Identical to the original book, the illustrations are in black and white outlines so that young readers can create their own version of the story.  What if everyone treated others the way that they themselves would like to be treated?  Perhaps today’s youngsters can figure it out!!! ISBN 978-1-68235-338-7 – $10.95

Winner of 2 Awards: Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book – Stop Whining, Whiners, Interactive Coloring, Children’s Manners. This coloring book version of the best-selling “whine-stopper” children’s story was designed for kids to enjoy reading the rhyming, as well as being able to illustrate their own version of Peter’s nocturnal adventure into the woods. Just read all whining text in a whining voice, and your children will understand how annoying whining can be!  The book is the Gold Medal Winner of the Book Excellence Awards Coloring Book, and H.M. in the Royal Dragonfly Awards Children’s Activity Book.  ISBN 978-1-952269-68-4 – $9.95

Winner of 13 Awards: David’s ADHDMeet David, one the “Classroom of Kids,” who manages his ADHD with the help of classmates. Actually, David has been part of the class for a long time! It has received a Gold Medal in the Book Excellence Awards, a Gold Medal in the FAPA President’s Awards, 1st Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards plus HM in another category, two Silver Medals for both Children’s Early Readers and Poetry from Feathered Quill Book awards, Winner of Barefoot Librarian Award as well as Silver Medal for Early Readers from Reviewer’s Choice Awards, a Bronze Medal in the eLit Book Awards, an Honorable Mention in the prestigious Readers Favorite Awards, Story Monsters Approved Winner, Top Shelf Magazine finalist, & a Pinnacle  Achievement! ISBN: 978-1-950860-43-2 $12.5

Winner of 8 Awards:  My Little Angel – Please share a day in the life of a little girl, while her guardian angel Angela sits on her shoulder and keeps her safe and guides her throughout her various activities throughout her day. It has received a Book Excellence Gold Medal, a Feathered Quill Bronze Medal, a New Apple Book Awards Official Selection, Readers’ Favorite Finalist Award, a Royal Dragonfly H.M, an IAN Book of the Year Finalist Award, and a Pinnacle Achievement Award.  ISBN:  978-1-68181-947-1 – $12.00

Winner of 9 Awards, The Golden Rule – What if you treated others the way you’d like to be treated?  What if everyone did that?  What kind of world could there be? Please join in the children’s quest to discover how to follow The Golden Rule. The book has won a Book Excellence Award Gold Medal, eLit Gold Medal, Reviewers Choice Silver Medal, Children’s Literary Classics Silver Medal & Seal of Approval, Mom’s Choice Silver, Readers Favorite Finalist Award, IAN Book of the Year Finalist and Pinnacle Achievement Award.  ISBN 978-1-68181-326-4 – $12.50

Winner of 5 Awards, Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! illustrates the importance of being a good listener. It also is an introduction to basic computer terms. Rosemary is worried about returning to school, after her teacher has warned the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders and webs in the classroom. It has won a Global eBook Gold Medal, a Bronze Medal in the FAPA Awards, a Readers’ Favorite H.M. Award, a Reader Views Reviewers Choice H.M and also a Pinnacle Achievement Award ISBN: 978-1-63135-949-1 – $13.00

Winner of 9 Awards, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest.  Winner of a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal in Children’s K-3, as well as their Illustrations Award, a double Finalist in the Next Gen Indie Awards, a National Indie Excellence Award, a Global eBook Bronze, a Reviewer’s Choice H.M., Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and a Pinnacle Award   ISBN 978-1-62857-288-9 – $12.50

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

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   – $13.00

 

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

Winner of 3 Awards: Winner of the 2021 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Gold Medal Children’s Classics Award, 2011 ReadersFavorite Bronze Medal and the 2011 USA Best Books Finalist Award.  Peter and the Whimper-Whineys helps parents cope with whining, disguised as a fun story. Peter is a rabbit who whines all the time, and might have to join the Whimper-Whineys. ISBN 978-1-60911-517-3   – $13.00

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.

(After reading a story of the nativity to my granddaughter, she asked “But where’s Santa?”)   ISBN 978-1-60860-824-9   – $11.50

 

 

Fun to be Included as a Read to Me! Day Ambassador

Maritza Mejia has posted on Facebook…

HONORED TO BE “READ TO ME! DAY AMBASSADOR”
I am so excited to be part of this project and wonderful initiative. I am ready to read amazing books from award winning authors on Facebook Live on March 19th. Thank you Sherrill S. Cannon , Janet Balletta , Tere Rodriguez-Nora. More authors coming soon! #LuzDelMes https://m.facebook.com/groups/994793700993480/permalink/1102005293605653/ #internationalreadtomeday #LuzDelMes ✨

On March 19th, my “Manners  Trilogy” – The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy, and Manner-Man – will be read aloud in both Spanish and English to children around the world!

Please join in!

The Golden Rule Coloring Book will Soon Be Available

I received the “print-proof” for The Golden Rule Coloring Book today, and I am so happy with it!  What fun to be able to offer a coloring book to young artists which also teaches subliminally how to be kind and treat others the way they themselves would like to be treated.  It will soon be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

This is the same version of the original award-winning The Golden Rule, but the illustrations are left blank to inspire young artists to create their own versions.

It will also be available soon on my website:  http://sbprabooks.com/sherrillscannon and also www.sherrillcannon.com

Happy Holidays to All!!!

Lovely Reaction from a Young Fan

Fun to get nice notes from friends who are sharing my children’s books.

“I lent all your children’s books to my sister for her 4 year old grandson and he loves them!  He is reading and teaching himself so he is really having a good time reading the books and looking for the characters.

Another success!”
One of the advantages of working with my awesome illustrator, Kalpart Illustrations, is that I have been able to use characters repeatedly in each of the different stories, resulting in a “classroom of kids” throughout the books.
It makes me smile when reading to a group of children when a student randomly exclaims “Look! There’s Gimme-Jimmy!” when that character appears in one of the illustrations.
Each book has a subliminal message of thinking of others, and children learn to treat others with respect and friendship and inclusion.  Each book includes characters of color and ethnicity as well, so that every child can find himself/herself in the book.
What a wonderful world this could be!!!

 

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 bn.com)

David’s ADHD is a Finalist in the FAPA Book Awards

FAPA Finalist

I just received the exciting notification that David’s ADHD is a Finalist in the FAPA Book Awards  (Florida Authors and Publishers Association)

The annual lovely Awards Banquet will not be held this year because of Covid19, but the results will be released soon.  (Stay tuned!)

I am so pleased that this book has been so well received, and hope that it will help many children, classmates, teachers and parents cope with this now manageable problem.

Change ADHD to All Day/ Happy Day!

Lovely Surprise Review for A Dime is a Sign from Crystal View Academy

I was so delighted to discover this lovely international review of my poetry book, A Dime is a Sign, posted by reviewer and Irish friend, Crystal McClean…

A Dime is a Sign: Poems of Love and Loss

A wee while ago Sherrill S. Cannon published her second book of poetry, A Dime is a Sign, as a companion to A Penny For Your Thoughts. It’s an empathetical book (not an autobiography), but the way she puts her “Feelings Into Words” (the byline of the book), you can imagine yourself in the emotional roller coaster of love.

A Dime is a Sign Reviewed by Castle View Academy

I was very touched by Sherrill including me in her list of “special mention and many memories” section of her Thank You page, it really means a lot to me, to have ‘met’ Sherrill not long after I first began blogging and have formed a friendship with her, which isn’t something that happens often. Thank you, Sherrill, for almost a decade of friendship!

Sherrill has been writing mainly children’s books over the past decade, but now has 2 adult poetry books under her belt, along with (at last count) 85 awards for her books – wow! That is definitely an accomplishment not many writers receive, and is a testament to her skills.

A Dime is a Sign is divided into three main topics:

A Dime is a Sign is a collection of over 150 poems within the themes of

  • HEADS…Of Love And Friendship
  • SPINNING – Of Related Emotions
  • TAILS…of Heartache and Anguish

Here’s a sample of the poetry, the piece upon which the name of the book was based:

A Dime is a Sign Through Time

If you find a dime,

You will know that I’m

Sending thoughts of love

Through the veil of time.

Ten cents with a silver shine,

A sense sent you to help remind

That someone who left you behind

Is always living in your mind.

Sending love and vibes,

Felt as psychic sighs…

The ones that you miss,

Send you a kiss…

Sherrill S. Cannon

In her children’s books, Sherrill is well known for her rhyming prose, but in her poetry, much of it does rhyme, but there are other forms as well. And like love, some poems are short and sweet, while others are longer and more complex.

Forever by Sherrill S Cannon

I found that sometimes I would simply sit and read a poem or two during the day, and at other times I would read several in the evening before falling asleep to relax and quieten my brain while waiting for slumber to find me.

Most of the poems are written in the first person so it’s easy to put yourself in the soul of the poem and many of them will have your own memories brought back into the present. Happy memories, as well as some that would better be forgotten, but are still a part of you.

If you enjoy the poetry of love, I’d encourage you to purchase A Dime Is A Sign, sit back, and enjoy the melancholy of the past and the hope of the future while living for the love of today.

If you’re interested in purchasing  A Dime IS A Sign , it’s available through:

  • Amazon
  • Great bookstores near you

Don’t forget to have a look into Sherrill’s other books:

Poetry books:

Children’s books:

If you like what you see, you can find out more about Sherrill on her webpage, follow her on Facebook or Twitter, or learn more about raising money for the JM Foundation.

Wonderful Review by Sue Morris of Kid-Lit Reviews for David’s ADHD

Thank you, Sue Morris, of Kid-Lit Reviews!!!

#1276 – DAVID’S ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon & Kalpart

 

DAVID’S ADHD
Written by Sherrill S. Cannon
Illustrated by Kalpart
Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co.
978-1-950860-43-2
12/4/2019    28 Pages   Age 4—8

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fiction
Themes: ADHD, Symptoms, Acceptance,

 

Synopsis

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.(from publisher)

Opening Sentences

“David sometimes just couldn’t sit still.
He’d fidget, and yell, and disrupt things at will.

He’d seem very angry and then lose his cool,
But this didn’t bother the kids in his school.”

Why I like David’s ADHD

Young David has trouble at school and at home. He is fidgety, disruptive, inattention and quick to erupt, often yelling instead of speaking. He can become very angry for no apparent reason. Other kids do not want to play with David. His frustration level causes David to react inappropriately. His parents are overwhelmed, yet never give up.

Soon a doctor diagnoses David as having ADHD:  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. With help from a therapist, a doctor, his parents, and his school, David learns how to cope, how to pay attention in class, and how to express his emotions properly.  He even learns how to get along with the other kids. This is David’s story.

Author Sherrill S. Cannon has written many picture books, all award winners. Her text is bouncy, easy to read, and usually quite funny.  I love Ms. Cannon’s books for those reasons and more. David’s ADHD is different. The author’s trademark rhyming text remains and her artist’s iconic characters, many of whom appear in her other books, return for another story. Yet, David’s ADHD is a more serious tale. David exhibits many of the typical symptoms of ADHD.  He needs the help of his family and friends to learn a new way of living; one that helps him control his symptoms and his emotions.

Despite being on the wordy side, David’s ADHD will help children understand what some of their classmates are going through each day. It might even help them understand their own actions and feelings. The ADHD brain tends to be deficit in a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. This “ADHD nervous system” is the cause of the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and mood regulation.  I must admit, despite a working understanding of ADHD, I am lost on the author’s explanation of the disorder’s symptoms and their origin:

“We all have a camera that lives in our head.
It gives us bright pictures of all 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,

“To help him remember the skills that he’d learned,
To help him restore self-control he had earned.”

ADHD is a difficult disorder to explain without mentioning which brain functions are involved. I’m guessing the above is an attempt at an explanation children can understand. It is difficult to know for sure due to the lack of a reference section, which can be a big help when dealing with non-fiction subjects.

David’s life with ADHD, including its symptoms and daily functioning, is wonderfully detailed and realistic. Children who read David’s ADHD should go forward with a better understanding of life with ADHD. In addition to understanding, the text has the empathy David, and kids like him need to succeed. Hopefully, readers will recall this story and share that empathy with classmates who need it.

While I think the story is a bit long for younger children, Ms. Cannon handles the subject with her usual composure and skill. I like how she highlights the importance of everyone in David’s life being part of his success; from classmates understanding his outbursts and teachers knowing how to motivate David, to his family helping him succeed at home and in the community.

Clinicians will find David’s ADHD helpful for clients and their families. Kids with the disorder will find hope and humor in David’s story, especially when realizing the story is about a real kid named David (and a grandmother determined to fill a need—specifically, letting kids with ADHD read a story with a character they can recognize as themselves). Teachers can turn to David’s ADHD when needing to explain ADHD to students or as part of a science class.

David’s story imparts hope and understanding where both can often be lacking. Most importantly, David’s ADHD has the power to influence anyone who reads this story. Like most disorders afflicting kids, the cure begins with empathy and understanding. David’s ADHD contains both. Highly recommended.

Favorite Sentence /Scene

I like the illustration of David and his parents at the doctor’s office. What I find impressive is the artist (Kalpart), has the doctor talking directly to David, who sits closest to the physician. The doctor is giving David permission to take control of his ADHD, while (presumably), giving him tools to do just that.

Illustrations Rendered digitally.

Available at Amazon

DAVID’S ADHD. Text Copyright © 2020 by Sherrill S. Cannon. Illustrations copyright © 2020 by Kalpart. Published by Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., Houston, TX.

 

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