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New Hope News Interview by Lisa DeAngelis

I’m happy to share the article In the New Hope News by Lisa DeAngelis

New Hope News – June 2017 by Lisa DeAngelis

The article reads:

“Mother of four, grandmother of ten, and a former teacher, Sherrill S. Cannon knows how to entertain children while engaging adults at the same time. Following publication of her first book in 2009, Sherrill went on to write eight more children’s stories that have garnered 47 Awards. Inspiration for her first book came when one of her granddaughters, after hearing the Christmas story, asked, “But where’s Santa?”

Santa’s Birthday Gift answered that question, and solved an ongoing dilemma for many parents: How to tie two holiday traditions together into one inspirational tale.  Sherrill’s first book did just that by relating the story of Santa’s trip to Bethlehem on that first Christmas and his promise to bring gifts to good boys and girls every year after.

The holiday book was followed by Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, a tale of “a very small rabbit who did nothing but whine.”  Sherrill tried to show children that no one likes being around a whiner and that there are more positive ways to make requests.  She succeeded because the book was an Award Finalist for USA Book News.

Then came The Magic Word, recipient of the 2011 Readers Favorite Award, a story about Elisabeth Keys, who “never said thank you, excuse me or please.”  Elisabeth pays the price for her rudeness when “no one wants to come to her birthday party.”

Gimme-Jimmy, Indie Excellence Finalist, echoes the story of Pinnochio.  In this case, the greedy little bully finds that his hand grows larger every time he says the word “Gimme.”  When Jimmy finally learns to treat others with respect, he finds his hand shrinking back to normal size.  In the end, he shares what he has learned with his friends by writing down “Jimmy’s New Polite Rule:  To try to treat others as I’d like to be, To try to see things the way others might see, To try to be helpful, and do what is right, And to try at all times to be very polite!”

Manner-Man, the Readers Views Choice Award of 2014, tells the story of a superhero whose mission is to help control bullies.  He advises children about the harm that can be done by “hitting with words,” and he advises that if someone starts pushing, just shout out “not nice!”

My Fingerprint Masterpiece, a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner, is about a child who makes a finger painting in school, loses it on the way home, only to find it hailed as “Outstanding!” at a professional art exhibition.  Sherrill’s aim here was to show that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.  Far from being pleased, the young artist merely feels misunderstood and prefers his artwork back at home hanging on the family fridge where it rightfully belongs.

Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! introduces young readers to basic computer terms and won The President’s Book Award in 2015.

The Golden Rule posits a question most dear to Sherrill’s heart, “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?”  This volume won, in addition to other awards, both the Mom’s Choice Award and the Children’s Literary Classics Book Award.

Sherrill’s most recent book, My Little Angel, describes Angela, a tiny angel who is always there full of wise and comforting advice: “She helps me decide when to follow my heart, Or when letting my head take control would be smart.”  Angela also gives more practical tips: “She reminds me to always stay close to my mother, And never to wander away with another.”

In addition to her books, all available on Amazon and, Sherrill is the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children.  She has been called “an absolute master of rhyming” by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and a “modern-day Dr. Seuss” by GMTA Review.  Nowadays, she spends her time travelling the country with her husband in their RV, sharing her books along the way and spreading her message:  Let’s be kind to one another.”



Interview with Linda Weaver Clarke is Live!

My Little Angel Arrives!

My interview with Linda Clark went live today!

Please check out the interview and leave a comment… There is a giveaway!

Linda Weaver Clarke Interview

My Little Angel is Sherrill S. Cannon’s 9th children’s book. All her books stress consideration for others, and subliminally teach children to be nice to each other – and they have received 46 Awards.  A former teacher, she has 10 grandchildren, the youngest of which is the little girl in this new book.  She’s happy that she has such a talented illustrator!!

Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about your children’s book, My Little Angel.

Does your child have a Guardian Angel? Please share a day in the life of this little girl, while her little guardian angel Angela sits on her shoulder and keeps her safe and guides her throughout her various activities throughout her day.  This includes getting ready for school, crossing the street, being polite and kind to her friends, learning her lessons, fastening seatbelts while traveling, being aware of stranger-danger, praying for her pets, and reminding her constantly that she is loved.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

I believe in angels, and that they are everywhere.  I often think of one riding on my own shoulder, so I wanted to share this idea with some slightly younger readers.

Your children’s books always rhyme and I love that. Will you please quote a few of your favorite lines from this book?

Wherever I go, and whatever I do,

Angela’s with me to say, “I love you.”

She’s always beside me, away or at home—

So sometimes I’m lonely, but never alone.

That’s beautiful. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?

There are only two main characters: the little girl and Angela, her Guardian Angel.

There are other familiar characters and book covers from previous books within the illustrations, but the little girl tells the story of Angela and how they interact throughout a day…  I love everything about both of them!!!

Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?

My website is and my author site is

Thank you for this wonderful interview, Sherrill. I hope my readers will check out your children’s book.

Fun Interview on Raychelle Writes – The Writer’s Block: Where Are They Now?

Be Kind!!

Be Kind!!

I am so very grateful to Raychelle Writes for including me in her Writer’s Block special series: “Where Are They Now?”

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Raychelle several years ago, when I was just releasing my 4th book, Gimme-Jimmy.  Now in this interview, I have a chance to give a little preview of my upcoming 2017 book, My Little Angel.

One of the questions was about participating in The Writer’s Block, so I’ll include that here:

I loved being able to participate in The Writer’s Block earlier, and am so happy to become a part of it again. It’s lovely to be able to share my books and the emphasis on being kind… We seem to need the reminder to get along with others – especially in this political environment. As one of my thoughtful fans commented about The Golden Rule…”This is how we change the world…”

Here is the Complete InterviewThe Writer’s Block: Where Are They Now?

Please take the time to read, and let me know if you have any other questions.  I love to hear from readers!!



Thank you to Quotes Rain for the Nice Interview…

Be Kind!!

Be Kind!!

Thank you to Mady Joshi and QuotesRain for the nice interview and the chance to share my books with more children!  If only we can teach our children to be kind…

Tell us about your life and your struggles. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of ten, and I am also an Award-Winning Best-Selling Author! My books have received forty-five 2011-16 National and International awards. I have been writing poetry since before I could write! (My mother wrote down the poetry I wrote as a four-year-old.) I have written eight published rhymed children’s stories – as well as seven published rhymed musical plays for elementary school children, which have been performed internationally in over 20 countries. All of my books are also part of two separate fund-raising efforts: is for the CureJM Foundation, to help find a cure for Juvenile Myositis, an incurable children’s disease. 50% of the cost of the books is donated to the fundraising cause. Another Fundraiser is also available, with the same terms, but this one for an anti-bullying campaign at Here’s a little bit of my background: A real-live Eloise, I grew up in the Willard Hotel in Washington DC (my Dad was the manager), was married and lived in Northern Virginia for twenty years where my husband and I raised our four children. We later moved to Bucks County (Philadelphia PA suburbs) where we lived for 14 years before moving to the Binghamton NY area for 18 years, and we have just now moved back to Bucks County PA. We celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary in June! We are now retired, and we travel in our RV from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with our children and grandchildren. I have had a varied career: I was a teacher and coach for ten years in the Washington DC area, and then became a “stay-at-home-Mom” who in my spare-time was a professional newspaper sports photographer and columnist for several years when our boys were playing competitive soccer. When our girls became interested in theater, I became a Dinner Theatre Company Stage Manager (as well as lighting and sound technician) and also was an Assistant Talent Manager for Cathy Parker Talent when our youngest daughter was doing commercials and professional modeling in NYC. When we relocated to the Binghamton NY area, I became the Business Administrator for a software development company handling payroll and contracts. Now, back in PA, I am retired and spend my time marketing my books (which is the other half of writing!) How passionate are you about writing? Not so much anymore. I am under contract for my ninth book for a 2017 release, which will probably be my last children’s book. How long have you been writing and what inspired you to become a writer? My love of poetry, and my love of children combined… Dr. Seuss was also an influence! How did you get the idea for your first book? My first written book was Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, which was a story my mother told (not read) to me and my brother and later to her grandchildren, which I wanted to capture in written form. Because I love poetry and rhyming, I decided to write it in verse. While choosing a name for your character, what aspects do you consider that determines what you finally call them? I use family and friends’ names when possible. It’s fun for them to see when the book is published. Some of my illustrated characters are also based on family and friends. Do authors in general and you in particular plan series beforehand or do they just happen? I think of The Magic Word, Gimme-Jimmy and Manner-Man as my series of “manners books” since they all have a theme of being polite and thinking of others. Thanks to my awesome illustrator, Kalpart (a team of artists who have illustrated all my books) I am able to use former characters in subsequent books, so they are all about a classroom of kids. How do you choose which stories to tell? Most of my books have the same underlying subliminal message of the Golden Rule, and teach consideration of others disguised as fun stories. Do you ever get writer’s block? No. Once a story idea is in my head, the rhymes start to flow. Do you have a “reader” in mind while writing? No. I have children in mind and want to be able to help them become better people. Who is the first person to read the first draft of your books? I have been writing my stories for a very long time – long before I submitted them for publication. So my first “editor” now is my youngest daughter, who happens to be an editor in real-life!  WhHow do you get reviews Which was the best review you ever got? I submit my books to many contests, which leads to some excellent reviews. Reader’s Favorite, Midwest Book Review, and Feathered Quill are favorites. I have been fortunate in getting many awesome reviews. What does the word “story” signify for you? To me, “story” is a children’s story… Do you think an author should be bound by Genre? I can’t speak for other authors, but I think one should write about what one knows or feels strongly about…and be sure of one’s facts! (I wouldn’t be able to write a novel, for instance!) Are you currently working on anything? As mentioned earlier, I am working on my last children’s book, My Little Angel, which is for a slightly younger age-level – 3-6 – and also for those who believe in angels!! Do you have a special time or place for writing? No. I prefer my computer to my old typewriter I used when I first started writing, but I still revert to scratching notes on paper to capture a thought! How do you promote your work? How will QuotesRain help you in your book promotion and sales, would you like to refer this platform to your author friends? I feel that entering contests has helped me market my books, since winning an award gives instant credibility. QuotesRain has been very helpful! Would you like to share something with your readers and fans? Please teach your children to be kind to one another!!!

Here is the complete interview…

QuotesRain Interview



Nice Interview on Connie Huddleston’s Blog and Review of The Golden Rule

Treat Others the Way You'd Like to be Treated

Treat Others the Way You’d Like to be Treated

Thank you for nice Interview and Review…

Connie’s Review:

“I have not read a picture book in many years, and it was a delight to see a well-illustrated book with a universal theme – kindness toward others. Cannon’s book begins with a mystery, a play on words, and ends with examples of how to “treat others the way you’d like to be treated.” Children of all sizes, shapes, and colors can find themselves in the illustrations. The rhyming cadence will help young readers learn new words. This is a book I can highly recommend to parents and teachers.”

Interview with Sherrill Cannon, award winning author of “The Golden Rule”:

What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
I guess the occasion when after reading a book to a group of kindergarteners, when I asked for questions, a little girl waved her hand and when called upon, stood up and said “I have a pillow pet!” Suddenly about 50 more hands were waving in the air. Sensing a pattern, I asked, “How many of you have a pillow pet?” – and then we went on to other questions.

If you could be any occupation other than an author, what would you be and why?
A teacher – which I was for ten years! I still feel like a teacher when I write my stories for children because I want my books to demonstrate ways to show consideration for others, disguised as fun stories.

Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
I write rhyming children’s books and read them to children, but I can’t say that ever causes either laughter or tears…

What is the last children’s book you read? Why did you read it?
Mommy and Mikel Go for a Walk by Ann (Ana) Morris for a review. (5-stars, in case you are interested.)

If your latest book (or any book) was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
Manner-Man – the main character would be my grandson! He’s the one who asked me to write a story about a Superhero. He’s also the main character (caricature) in the book.

Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again?
Dr. Seuss – Horton Hatches the Egg

The Link to the Interview: Connie Huddleston Interview

Connie is the Award-Winning Author of Greg’s First Adventure in Time as well as Greg’s Second Adventure in Time