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-eight 2011-17 National awards. My newest book, "My Little Angel" has just been released, but has won both a Readers' Favorite Finalist Award and a Pinnacle Achievement Award. "The Golden Rule" has won a Gold Book Excellence Award, a Silver Reviewers' Choice Medal, a Mom's Choice Award, a Children's Literary Classics Silver Medal plus Seal of Approval, and a Pinnacle Achievement Award. "Mice & Spiders & Webs...Oh My!" has won a Global eBook Gold medal, a FAPA Awards Bronze medal, Reader Views Reviewers Choice HM as well as a Readers' Favorites HM Award in Children's Educational, and also a Pinnacle Achievement award... I'll include the entire list at the end of this bio, for anyone interested! What an amazing time!!! My website is www.sherrillcannon.com
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. I love to write. My friends and family ask me if I think in rhyme and meter, and I have to admit that sometimes this is true!
Most of my books try to teach something, like good manners and caring for others. "Santa's Birthday Gift" is an attempt to include Santa in the meaning of Christmas. (After I read a story of the nativity to my young granddaughter, she looked at me and asked "But where's Santa?") The story is best for ages 3-9, to be read to children who still believe in Santa!
"Peter and the Whimper-Whineys" is designed to help parents cope with whining and complaining children. Peter is a small rabbit who does nothing but whine. His mother warns him that if he keeps on whining and crying, he'll have to go live with the Whimper-Whineys. His nocturnal adventures convince him his mother was right! If only he can get back home... A review editor for this story wrote: "I cannot imagine any parent or guardian not wanting to read this book to their child!...Parents everywhere applaud you!"
"The Magic Word" is a story of a little girl who has to learn to say Please! It stresses the importance of good manners and thinking of others.
"Gimme-Jimmy", is a story about how a bully learns to share, and seems to have become popular quickly! Jimmy's New Polite Rule stresses thinking of others and being polite.
"Manner-Man" is about a Superhero who helps children cope with bullies, and look within themselves for their own inner superhero. It incorporates many of the characters in m previous books, as well as their character traits. Consideration for others is a constant theme!
"My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child paints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town's Art Contest
"Mice & Spiders & Webs...Oh My!" is story that illustrates the importance of being a good listener. It also is a cute introduction to basic computer terms.
"The Golden Rule" shows children how to be kind, and to imagine how wonderful it would be if everyone followed the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you'd like to be treated.
"My Little Angel" is about the day in the life of a small child who has a little guardian angel named Angela sitting on her shoulder and guiding her through her day. With an angel on your shoulder, you are never alone!
All of my books are also part of two separate fund-raising efforts: http://sbpra.com/curejm/ 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. Aanother Fundraiser is also available, with the same terms, but this one for an anti-bullying campaign at http://sbpra.com/imbullyfree. Manner-Man is happy about that!
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 55th 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 I have time to write, when I'm not marketing (which is the other half of writing.) I spent many years collaborating with my daughter on rhymed musical plays for her elementary school, and now seven of our plays, "Have You Seen My Little Lamb", "The King's Spell","When You Wish Upon a Star...fish", "The Wonderful World of Weather", "ABC December" , "The Alphabet Trip" and "We Have Character" are available at Lazy Bee Scripts - www.lazybeescripts.co.uk. The plays have already had many performances in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates. I am trying to "make a difference".
There are also video trailers for my books on You Tube. Please visit my website/blog at http://www.sherrillcannon.com and also my SBPRA Author Fan Page on Facebook, www.tinyurl.com/Author-Sherrill-S-Cannon and become a fan! Please let me hear from you!
For those of you interested in the 48 Awards, here's the latest list! As mentioned above, "My Little Angel" has won a Readers' Favorite Finalist Award and a Pinnacle Achievement Award. "The Golden Rule" has won a Gold Medal Book Excellence Awards, a Reviewers' Choice Silver Award, a Mom's Choice Silver Award, a Children'e Literary Classics Silver Medal as well as Seal of Approval a Readers' Favorite Finalist Award and a Pinnacle Achievement Award. "Mice & Spiders & Webs...Oh My!" has won a Global eBook Gold Medal, a Reader Views Reviewers Choice HM as well as a Readers' Favorite HM Award in Children's Educational,and also a Pinnacle Achievement award. "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece" won a Bronze Medal in the 2015 Global eBook Awards. It has also won the Gold Medal for K-3 in the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards, as well as their Illustration Award, a Reader Views H.M. Award, two Finalist Awards in the 2015 Next Gen Indie awards, a National Indie Excellence Finalist Award as well as a 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award and a Literary Classics Seal of Approval. "Manner-Man" is the Winner of 10 awards - most impressive a 2014 CLIPP Principals' Award Winner K-2, Global eBook Silver Medal and was included on the 2014 KART Kids Book List. It is also the winner of both the 2014 Reviewer's Choice Award and the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival,as well as a National Indie Excellence Finalist award and also an H.M. in the Rebecca Reads Awards. in 2013 it won a Readers Favorite Silver Medal , London Book Fair H.M. and a Pinnacle Achievement award. "Gimme-Jimmy" has won 5: a Silver Global eBook Medal, a Pinnacle Achievement, a Silver Readers Favorite, Reader Views Third and Indie Excellence Finalist! "The Magic Word" winner of six awards, has received a 2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal & Reader Views Literary Second Place Award, a 2012 Indie Next Gen Finalist Award and a 2012 IBA Finalist Award, as well as its 2011 NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award, and a Global eBook Finalist Award. The "Manners" books ("The Magic Word", "Gimme-Jimmy" and "My Fingerpaint Masterpiece") are currently ranked in the top 5 in Children's Tolerance. My Christmas book, "Santa's Birthday Gift", has received a 2011 Readers Favorite Silver Medal and also a 2011 National Indie Excellence Award - and "Peter and the Whimper-Whineys" has received a 2011 Readers Favorite Bronze Award as well as a USA Best Books Finalist Award!