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Mystery Reader to 4th Graders at Churchville Elementary School

See Art with Your Heart

I thoroughly enjoyed being the “Mystery Reader” for a 4th grade Class at Churchville Elementary School.  The students didn’t know who I was until I was announced, and were delighted to find out that I was the mother of their teacher!

My daughter, Kerry Gallagher, has been teaching for over 20 years and is the co-author of most of my published and performed plays for elementary school students!

I usually read for K-3rd graders, so it was fun to read for an older group.  I chose My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, with its emphasis on “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” approach…

Reading to the Class

The book deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem, as a child fingerpaints artwork in class and later discovers the painting as a part of the town’s Art Contest.  The story is told from the point of view of the child, (who can be either a boy or girl depending on the reader’s determination, since all illustrations are of what the child sees.)  After reading, I usually ask a class to vote on whether the main character was a boy or girl. It’s usually a 50/50 split.  This class voted that they thought the main character was a girl – interesting since when I wrote it, I had always thought it was a boy!

At any rate, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece has won 9 awards, including the Gold Medal in the Readers Favorite awards as well as winning their illustration award as well!  All of my book’s illustrations are by Kalpart!

It was fun answering questions from an older class, and at the end of the reading I shared my calling cards with the class.  One child asked me to sign my card, so the entire class formed a line…I now have lots of kids with “signed calling cards”!

(My husband for over 59 years travels with me to book readings and signings, and I was delighted to get a photo of the two of us together…)  The students took a vote about which additional book to read, and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys won!

(None of the students whine anymore…)

Perfect Response! Thank you!!

A Whine-Stopper!

Yesterday I posted about a review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

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Lovely Review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

A Whine-Stopper!

Many thanks to Dr. Valerie Allen for this review of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys..

5 out of 5 Stars – Whining Can Be Cured

October 6, 2019

Format: Paperback

“Sherrill Cannon has written another meaningful book for young children. Adults dealing with Whimper-Whineys will welcome this story to read and re-read. The author is able to bring the whining problem onto a level kids can understand. The illustrations will attract children and keep their attention. A good story for the whining issue ~”

It’s always fun to get feedback from readers…Just be sure to use your “whiney voice” when reading the whining lines, and your children will get the message!!

8 Awards for A Dime is a Sign.

She was also kind enough to include a mention for A Dime is a Sign

“In my day job I’m a psychologist and some of these poems are really on target for grieving and loss. You have a gift for putting these powerful emotions into just the right words!”


If anyone might be considering a children’s play suitable for the holidays

ABC December was selected by best-selling author JoAnn Ross as the play her fictional teacher main character selected to have her classroom of kids perform for the Holiday Play.  The story, Christmas in Shelter Bay, also included the lovely preface, “With appreciation to Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher for writing the holiday play Kelli’s students perform.”

ABC December by Sherrill S. Cannon and Kerry E. Gallagher

This play is seasonal, and must be performed in December, but it is about the month of December and not just a “holiday” play. It includes many different customs and celebrations.

Roles: 26 (all 26 are non-specific) Can be expanded, by having two children share one of the stanza.

This short play is suitable for grades 1-2 and has been performed by classroom students several times! The play is designed to accommodate ALL the students in the classroom, and each student has at least two lines (but sometimes with a classmate, if there are shy ones! Some lines can be combined if there are not enough students.)

The play is available at LazyBee Scripts: ABC December at LazyBeeScripts




Santa’s Birthday Gift now Available on Amazon

Christmas Gifts are Birthday Gifts for Jesus

Last year amazon ran out of Santa’s Birthday Gift in early November…

Fortunately it is now available again.  The book was written in response to my young granddaughter’s request for me to read her the story of the Nativity.  When I finished, she looked at me and said, “But where’s Santa?”


This book is an attempt to answer that question and to help children realize that Santa’s Birthday Gift is not about what Santa gets, but what he gives!  His gifts to children are really birthday gifts for Jesus, and they help us remember His birthday each year.

The story of the Nativity is told first, since it is important for children to learn this story…But the scene shifts to Santa at the North Pole, who is a toymaker, who sees the Star and realizes the Christ Child has been born. He stuffs some toys in a sack, and wearing his red snow suit runs out to the barn to hitch up his reindeer to his sleigh. He travels a long way, but runs out of snow and isn’t sure what to do – so he looks at the sky and offers a prayer and suddenly his reindeer are able to fly!!   When he gets to the stable, he kneels before Jesus and promises he will bring gifts each year to children to celebrate His birth.  When he sees all the others celebrating and giving gifts, he discovers that his sack of toys never empties…so he gives gifts to everyone in the town, jumps in his sleigh, and delivers gifts to children all over the world!

One of my favorite reactions was of a little girl who read the book and then told her mother, “Now I get it!”

Please Note: For the benefit of a few who have purchased the book and then questioned its authenticity, please note that it has a cover showing Santa  kneeling at the manger.  This book is a way to try to bring the two traditions together, to help children realize the true meaning of Christmas,  and is a work of fiction…(By the way, the entire story came to me in a dream, with rhyming words that flowed onto the page, so…?)


The Luz Del Mes Tri-Anthology of Haiku International Poetry Now Available as eBook

So honored to have 5 of my Haiku poems included in this lovely anthology.

Tri-Anthology of Haiku Poetry

This is now available on Amazon Kindle, and will be available soon in Paperback

Here is the official notice

DIGITAL Version is available NOW! Please  Visit:
Stay tuned! Paperback: FALL 2019.
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Maritza M. Mejia
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The Manners Trilogy is Now In Maritza’s Classroom!

So happy to find this post on Facebook this morning:

Each book uses characters from the previous book to help children learn “good manners” and ways to give to others.

The Magic Word uses little Elisabeth to show children the importance of using Please and Thank You in their social relationships. Elisabeth’s mother reminds her, “What is the magic word?”

Elisabeth appears as a classmate in Gimme-Jimmy, who helps show children how to be polite and think of others (and not say “Gimme”!)  This book also uses Jimmy’s father as the main adult character…

Both Elisabeth and Jimmy appear as children advocates for bully prevention in Manner-Man, as they help the little main character (who just happens to be a caricature of my grandson, thanks to my awesome illustrator Kalpart) call for the superhero Manner-Man to help them stop bullying. Manner-Man reminds them that their own heroes are inside!

It’s been a lot of fun to continue writing about my “classroom of kids”, since many characters are recurring and other book covers are included in subsequent books.  Look for many of them in my new children’s book to be released this fall, David’s ADHD. Please stay tuned!!!