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Wonderful Review from Midwest Book Review for David’s ADHD

Midwest Book Review

I am so thrilled to share that David’s ADHD has received a lovely review from the prestigious Midwest Book Review.  This results in more exposure with distribution to libraries as well, which means more children, parents and teachers can have access to sharing ways to help children with ADHD develop coping skills and achieve much needed social skills with additional friendships and classroom inclusion.

Children’s Bookwatch: May 2020
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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The Health Shelf
David’s ADHD
Sherrill S. Cannon, author
Kalpart, illustrated
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
9781950860432, $12.50, PB, 28pp,
David is a young boy who manages his ADHD with the help of classmates in “David’s ADHD”. 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. Very highly recommended for children ages 6-8, “David’s ADHD” is an effective, informative, and charmingly entertaining addition for any family, elementary school, or community library collection. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “David’s ADHD” is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).
Please help share this book, and help these kids develop!!!
Thanks so much, Midwest Book Review!!!



Barefoot Librarian’s Review of David’s ADHD

I am so proud of this lovely Review from the Barefoot Librarian for David’s ADHD.  This was part of the Reader Views Reviewer’s Choice Special Award for Early Readers Picture Books

4/29/2020 – Barefoot Librarian Featured Book Review

David’s ADHD by Sherrill Cannon won the The Barefoot Librarian Book Award in the 2019-2020 Reader Views Literary Awards. David’s ADHD was selected from the finalists in the early reader category, picture books geared toward 6-8 year old readers.

David’s ADHD
Author: Sherrill S. Cannon
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. 2020

In this time of increased demand for diverse books for children, David’s ADHD is a welcome addition. Diverse books often focus on different cultures and minorities, and there is still a serious dearth of these. However, it is important not to omit books with main characters that are diverse for other reasons. Children need mirrors to see themselves in books, and they also need windows to see into the lives of others. This creates understanding, compassion, and empathy. David’s ADHD is such a book.
David is a child who has certain behaviors that his parents, teachers, and classmates do not understand. Some of these actions are described by the author in the book.

“When David was young, he could not pay attention,
No matter what his mother would mention.
His mind would not focus and this made him mad.
He got so frustrated with problems he had.
His parents just didn’t know what they could do.
He tried to tie laces, and then throw his shoe.
He’d try to draw pictures, and then rip the page.
He seemed to be filled with a terrible rage.
He couldn’t sit still, and he wouldn’t obey.
‘He’s just hyperactive,’ his grandma would say.”
“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 parents loved him and wanted to help him. So, they took him to a doctor that diagnosed him with ADHD – Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This is what David’s parents learned.

“That some children lacked a certain dimension;
ADHD meant they could not pay attention.”
“A small lazy link somewhere in the head.
Sleepy connection that wasn’t so good;
It didn’t use sugar the way that it should.”

The doctors told David’s parents that some children with ADHD could be taught ways to cope with their condition, while others need medication in addition to coping mechanisms. David’s teachers and therapist worked to together to give David tools to deal with his problems and frustrations. Some of these coping mechanisms included setting up rules for different situations as well as creating a schedule that must be followed. Also, David found a computer helped him to get his thoughts out much more quickly than the challenge of writing by hand.

The author, Sherrill S. Cannon, has done an excellent job with her subject matter and main character. She not only describes the behaviors associated with ADHD but also explains what is happening in the brain that leads to these behaviors. This is a medical condition that is difficult to explain in a way that children can comprehend and relate to. The author’s explanations are easy to understand because she uses everyday comparisons, such as a camera that cannot focus.

“He couldn’t see things the others could see.”
“We all have a camera that lives in our head.
It gives us bright pictures of 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…”

The book presents several points of view – the child with ADHD, the child’s parents, and the child’s friends and schoolmates. This makes the book a valuable resource for parents, educators, medical professionals, and therapists. Children with ADHD can see themselves in this book and see how others perceive them. Children who have peers or family members with ADHD will learn what the ADHD child is experiencing, why they exhibit certain behaviors, and how to respond.

The illustrations fit the tone of the book perfectly. They are cheerful, colorful, and fun. The characters are cartoon-like giving the subject matter a lightness and brightness that matches the tone of this rhyming book. The illustrations and rhyming text make this subject more accessible to children.
The book projects a positive yet realistic point of view. The author explains that David’s ADHD may never go away and that David may have to always use the tools he has learned. But the book also emphasizes that David has learned to accept and control his ADHD. I found this book to be informative and accessible and I highly recommend it to teachers, parents, medical professionals, and therapists that have children with ADHD in their lives. The author aptly summed up the value of her book in the following quote.

“My greatest hope for this book is that it is shared in libraries, so that it’s available to all… The primary goal was to not only help children with ADHD, but also to help classmates, friends and family understand and to encourage classroom inclusion. I’m not sure how many parents might be reluctant to order a book about ADHD, tacitly admitting their child might be affected, but will be able to read it and decide about checking a copy out of a library. Perhaps an asymptomatic child will be able to find himself/herself – or a schoolmate – in the book. I sincerely hope it makes it into school libraries everywhere!” …Sherrill S. Cannon




Fun to have David’s ADHD Featured on Reader Views Literary Awards

Fun to discover this post this morning!

This is the cute review of David’s ADHD by 5-yr old Lydia and her Mom

 David’s ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon 

Reviewed by Lydia (Age 5) for Reader Views Kids (1/2020) 

“David’s ADHD” by Sherrill S. Cannon is about a little boy named David who has trouble focusing and paying attention at school. The beginning of the book describes what David does or doesn’t do because of his ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and it is neat how the other kids in his class are very understanding and do not get mad at him for no reason. 

The story tells how David’s parents figured out that there was something different about David because he would get mad easily with simple things like tying his shoes and drawing pictures. He would get mad and be mean to other kids and push them, which made other kids not want to play with him because he would hurt them. Eventually, David’s dad knew he wasn’t acting like normal and his parents took him to the doctor. The doctor did some tests and they found out there is a problem in his head. David has something wrong with him when he hears something, what he hears doesn’t go through his brain normally like it does for me. 

For some kids they will have to take medicine to help them to focus but for others they will be able to be okay with making lists and doing things in order all of the time. I liked this book because the other kids were nice to David. I also liked the pictures and how they told their part of the story by looking at them. I think that if I get to know someone with ADHD then I will be able to remember this story and know that they might not be able to help the way they are acting. I feel kind of bad for people with ADHD since it sounds like it’s hard to have, but the author made it sound like they have it under control. 

Note from Mom: From someone who has an interest in learning about mental disorders and anything that has to do with my child in the classroom, I enjoyed reading this to Lydia. I have been familiar with ADHD for many years now, but just in name – now I know more about the issue by reading my child this children’s book. I also enjoyed the pictures and the whole storyline. The words rhymed well, and everything flowed as it should. I am impressed with the list of accomplishments by Cannon from her past books – a good indicator that her future work will be just as good or better. 

(In addition to this Specialty Award, David’s ADHD also won a Silver Medal in the overall Children’s Picture Book category)

Lovely New 5-Star Review for David’s ADHD by the Reading Authors Network

So happy to receive this lovely 5-star review from the Reading Authors Network!

David’s ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon #review #childrensbooks #differentabilities #atozchallenge

Does your child have ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

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.

My review:
There has not been one book that Sherrill S Cannon has written that I have not liked. Her stories for children have always been point on and needed to help children help themselves. This book is no exception.

This time the author tackles the problem of ADHD but from the standpoint of the child who has it, “David”. David’s problem is causing disruption in his parents, school, and himself. With the help of his classmates and family, he learns ways to control his behavior and gain  support.

As always, Kalpart illustrators do an excellent job in making Sherrill’s “kids” come to life with bright and bold illustrations. Also, don’t forget to look for other books by the author that have been cleverly hidden.

Told completely in rhyme, this book is more than just a book to help children to understand other kids like David. This book is a resource that should be in every home and school! In the back of the book are resources parents can use to help their own children who suffer from ADHD.

I highly recommend this 5 star book!  Amazon


Lovely New Review by CastleView Academy for David’s ADHD

I am so thrilled to share this lovely review from Castleview Academy in Northern Ireland of David’s ADHD…

David’s ADHD, A Special Book For Children


I know it was said that Sherrill S. Cannon had stopped writing children’s books…but she’s back with one more; David’s ADHD, to make her children’s collection an even 10.

Castle View Academy reviews David's ADHD

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We’d like to thank Sherrill for sending us a copy of her latest book, for mentioning me in her Acknowledgements and Thanks, and most of all for becoming a friend and inspiration to our family, over the past 8 years.

David’s Request

David asked Sherrill to write a book for people like him; children with ADHD, and that’s how David’s ADHD came to being. Sharing classroom space with someone who has ADHD can no doubt be trying for all of the people in the room, and this book may help shed some light on it.

Afternoon reading of Sherril S Cannon's books

I like Sherrill’s description of David having a camera in his head that was connected differently to those of his classmates. His behaviour and inattentiveness and aggression increased each year.

It’s made clear that his parents and family love him dearly, but know that something isn’t right. A doctor diagnoses ADHD and explains:

That some children lacked a certain dimention;

ADHD meant they could not pay attention.

“Attention Deficit Disorder,” they said;

A small lazy link somewhere in the head.

A sleepy connection that wasn’t so good;

It didn’t use sugar the way that it should.

Taking Action

A behaviour plan and new schedule at home and at school was implemented and rewards for good behaviour were won. New ways of doing his schoolwork that allowed him to shine. And time to get his energy spent.

Now he can fit in and his classmates understand. He is accepting his diagnosis and now he can cope with what’s ahead.

David was right; there aren’t enough books made for children on this topic. ADHD is diagnosed much more frequently than in the past, and there are also more ways of building in coping mechanisms and adjusting the course of the day so as to minimise its impact for all. It does take a lot of work, and different things work for different people and may change over time.

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Castle View Academy kids reading David's ADHD

David’s ADHD is For Everyone

Children who have ADHD will enjoy David’s ADHD because it explains things in easy language and makes them feel that they aren’t alone in the world. Children who know others with ADHD will be better able to understand their behaviours and hopefully become more understanding of those around them.

Kalpart has once again done the illustrations so that the look of the book is consistent with Sherrill’s other books. And children will be able to spot some of the same characters, as well as search for other book covers that are scattered throughout as part of the illustrations. After you’ve read a couple of Sherrill’s books, the characters will feel like family and you’ll be addicted to the rhyme and morals included in each story.

Sherrill S. Cannon has gained a great following over the years (and she’s won nearly 80 awards to date). She’s a retired teacher with several grandchildren so knows what it’s like from both perspectives, which gives her stories a lovely balance, and they’re told from the child’s perspective so they feel like they’re right in the middle of it, which makes it appeal to everyone.

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

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David’s ADHD, A Special Book For Children

Cute Note from Aly’s Mom – Please Donate to CureJM Foundation!

For many years I sponsored a Fundraiser for CureJM where 50% of the cost of my children’s books went to the CureJM Foundation.  During that time I met many special children, many of whom are mentioned in my earlier children’s books – and many of them are still corresponding with me today.

Aly was one of my special Kid Reviewers.  Here’s her review of The Golden Rule…

Today I received this lovely exchange from Aly’s Mom, which she assured me I could share.

CureJM has additional pressure now, with this Coronavirus threat, so if any of you could donate to the foundation it would help a lot!



Another Lovely 5-Star Review for David’s ADHD

Another lovely 5-star review has been added for David’s ADHD by a participant in the 2020 MCBD Event (Multicultural Book Day). This one is from Jocelyn, a parent of an 8-year old son with sensory issues:

5.0 out of 5 stars Informative but very child friendly! MCBD2020

Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020

Format: Paperback

“I enjoyed reviewing this book for the MCBD2020 event! The author did an amazing job with storytelling and the rhyming pattern of this book! I read it to my 8 year old son who has sensory issues and he was able to point out some characteristics that he has, and relate them to David. This book can be read in a whole group setting or even one on one! I would highly recommend this book to provide clear, fun rhymes, and a real message to children and families impacted by ADHD.”

Thanks so much for sharing…