Category Archives: poetry

FAPA Gold Medal Added to the Cover – Thank you, Kalpart!

Thank you Kalpart for adding the new FAPA Gold Medal Award to the cover of David’s ADHD

Below is a favorite Review:

David’s ADHD – Feathered Quill Review…

By: Sherrill S. Cannon
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld

Author Sherrill S. Cannon tackles an important and timely subject in her latest children’s book, David’s ADHD.

Readers meet David in his classroom where all the students are attentively listening to their teacher. All the students except David. Instead of listening, David is distracted by his pencil. Throughout the day, David has problems in and out of class. He can’t sit still and he easily gets angry and frustrated. David shoves and plays too rough and his behavior was having an impact on those around him too.

Written in an easy flowing rhyme that children will happily follow along with, the book explains what ADHD is, and how to recognize it in others and themselves:

Everyone thought he was out of control;
His angry resentment was taking its toll.
The kids wouldn’t play with him; he was too rough.
He’d push and he’d shove, and he’d grab at their stuff.
Nobody liked him or wanted him near,
And he seemed to be getting worse, year after year.

David’s ADHD doesn’t sugarcoat the issue, but it also handles the topic with care and understanding. In the story, David’s parents realize that something is wrong so they take their son to the doctor. Once they have a diagnosis, David now has options for dealing with his ADHD. The author explains (all in rhyme) how some people need to take medicine, others find having schedules to follow helps, while still others might have a therapist to teach coping skills.

I was interested in reading/reviewing this book primarily because my son, now grown, was diagnosed with ADHD back in elementary school and I wanted to see how the author would tackle the subject. After reading the book, I suspect Ms. Cannon has worked with children with ADHD because she covered all the issues/solutions surrounding ADHD that we experienced. Those solutions include using a computer keyboard to type out classroom work, to following a strict schedule as well as having simple rules to follow. She also makes it clear that ADHD is something that must be dealt with every day:

He copes with ADHD day after day.
He knows it may possibly not go away.

While presenting all the obstacles surrounding ADHD and ways of treating it, the book stays very positive. Children who may be struggling with ADHD will certainly see themselves in David and be encouraged at how he deals with his anger and hyperactivity. The book is also an excellent tool to teach all schoolchildren about those in their own classroom who may exhibit signs of ADHD so that they can better understand and help their classmates.

Quill says: Another winner from author Sherrill S. Cannon, this time on a topic that impacts so many children, and their families. David’s ADHD should definitely find a place in every school library to help children with ADHD as well as to educate children who know someone with ADHD so that they can better understand, and interact, with their classmate(s). For more information on David’s ADHD, please visit the publisher’s website at:

Great 5-Star Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book

I am thrilled with this lovely 5-Star review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book. Thank you so much to Christine Cazes


Do you need a “Peter” in your house to stop your children from whining? Sherrill S. Cannon’s coloring book, “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” is sure to solve the problem! This is a delightful lyrical story written in rhyme that truly engages young children. Peter, a small rabbit, resembles many children who want to be the boss and whine until they get their own way. This adorable award-winning story warns, “If you can’t stop that whining, I very much fear that the old Whimper-Whineys will look for you here.”
Children, like Peter, learn that they don’t want to live with the old Whimper-Whineys “in a land far away, where you’ll join them in whining and crying all day.” They will smile, laugh, and eventually agree that it would be unpleasant to live with “men with no manners” who whine and cry all day long.
As a reading specialist, mother, and grandmother, I highly recommend this book that teaches children the valuable skill of rhyming and reinforces the message that whining is undesirable. With the coloring book version of “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys,” children get the opportunity to visit a page for a longer period of time while they exercise their imagination and color the illustrations. In the end, they can take ownership of the book and personalize its message. This book is a “must” for every child’s library!

How nice to have a Reading Specialist endorse this book in such a lovely way!  This is the original best-selling Peter and the Whimper-Whineys children’s bookwith the illustrations traced so that they are colorable.  Give the young budding artists in your family a chance to illustrate the book their own way!  (I’d love to see some of the masterpieces, if you’d care to share!!)

David’s ADHD Wins Gold in the FAPA President’s Awards

So thrilled to attend a Zoom Presentation for the Winners of the 2020 FAPA Awards and discover that David’s ADHD was awarded the GOLD Medal in the Children General category.

Gold Medal Winner

They had a lovely slide show prepared, having previously requested photos of authors holding their award winning books.  The finalists in each category had been announced earlier, but the Award Placements were not revealed until last evening!  What fun to find out that David’s ADHD had been awarded the GOLD!!

David’s ADHD has now won 11 awards: David is one the “Classroom of Kids,” who manages his ADHD with the help of classmates. Friends from previous books are featured. In fact, David has been part of the class for a long time! The book has also received a Gold Medal in the Book Excellence Awards, 1st Place in Purple Dragonfly Awards School Issues plus HM in Special Needs/Disability Awareness,  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, a Pinnacle Achievement Award, and is a Story Monsters Approved Winner!

ISBN: 978-1-950860-43-2 – $12.50



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:




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