Monday, March 4, 2013

Interview with Children’s Author Sherrill S. Cannon


All five of Sherrill S. Cannon’s books are in rhyme and all try to teach something like good manners and caring for others.  In less than three years, this former teacher and grandmother of ten has won a dozen National Awards for her books: The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, Santa’s Birthday Gift and Gimme-Jimmy.  Her latest book, Manner-Man has just been released. She has also written six published and internationally produced plays for elementary school children. All of her books are part of a CureJM Fundraiser through http://sbpra.com/curejm/ where 50% of the cost of her books goes to the CureJM Foundation to help find a cure for this incurable children’s disease.

Welcome back to my blog, Sherrill. Each of your books is set in rhyme. That makes it fun for the children. Please tell us about your new book, Manner-Man.

Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children learn how to cope with bullying, and to have good manners and consideration for others.  Using the phrase, “I am strong, and my flash is bright; and I will defend you and make things all right…” Manner-Man arrives, helping children learn about sharing and warning about not ‘hitting with words’, suggesting that if someone starts bullying, just shout out “not nice!”  Manner-Man incorporates messages and characters found within some of my earlier books, and invites children to become part of the Manner-Man team.  It reminds them that they each have their own inner superhero within themselves.

This is wonderful. Where did you get your inspiration for this children’s book?

My four-year-old grandson asked me to write a book about a superhero.  When his mother first read him the story (without any illustrations) he promptly decided to send me his version of Manner-Man, which he and his father drew outside on the patio in chalk! He has since given me his approval of Kalpart’s illustrations!!

That is so cute. I love it when authors add real life situations to their stories. Did you put real experiences in this book?

Mainly hearing “not nice” as a familiar phrase throughout all of my children’s and grandchildren’s growing-up years!  It’s a simplistic way to solve bullying problems, but children can begin to resist bullying at a very young age…and adults generally respond when they hear the phrase!

Thank you, Sherrill, for being on my blog once again. I always enjoy having you because your books are so wonderful for children.

74 comments:

teena3940 said...

It looks like a really good book..

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Meghan said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Dena McMurdie said...

Cute! Isn't it amazing how much inspiration children provide?

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werejumpinbooks said...

Thanks for the opportunity! My daughter would love this book.
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Love a chance to win a new book to read my granddaughter. crose14530(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kelly A. Tanner said...

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Erika said...

Cute book! My boys would love it! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Dione Sage said...

Thank you for being part of this giveaway hop! This book is a wonderful choice!
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susanmp said...

Great giveaway!

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Julie Witt said...

Thanks for participating in this awesome hop! I'd love to win a copy of this book :)
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Sharon Stogner said...

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thanks! a must for all kids!

crystaley73 said...

Cute book Thanks for the chance to win
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Leanne said...

I love that it helps kids deal with bullying. That's our focus at school this year.

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Shannon Bereza said...

As a mom to five I love books that have a lesson in them and my boys will love that there is a superhero!! sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

Karen B said...

Perfect for the greatgrandkids.
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CBarton said...

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Mary @SweepingMe said...

Great for the kids!

Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Trista said...

Thank you
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Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

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thanks!

LAWonder said...

This sounds like a much needed book in today's society.
I would love to add it to our library. My many grandkids would love reading it and listening to it as well.
Thank you for the giveaway.

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Miranda Ward said...

Thanks :)

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tfalick said...

Thank you!!!
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dusty katt said...

This would be great for my grandkids.

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Alenette said...

This is going to be great for my little brother who loves listening while I read!
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Thank you!

Journeys of The Zoo said...

Thanks for making the giveaway open to Canadians.

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MikeyTastrophie said...

Thank you

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Robin C. said...

What a cute book..sounds very good!

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Jeanette Platt said...

Thank you for the giveaway sounds like a book my youngest would like.

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Lisa R said...

Thanks so much

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Lisa R said...

Thanks so much

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rubynreba said...

I'd love to have this book for my grandchildren. Looks like a book that all children would benefit from.
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robynl said...

the grandkids would enjoy this; thanks.

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Elisabeth said...

I think manners are very important!

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corey said...

Manner-Man is such a good idea for kids. I would have bought it for our kids. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

Wendy Mastin said...

What a great sounding book. I work in a school and we have to deal with this daily. This book would be an asset to our classroom. Thank you
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Suzie Williams said...

I love it. My son loves super heros and could use some work on his manners.

Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book to add to our children's section in the church library.
Thanks!
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Nicole Mills said...

Wonderful, TY!!!
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Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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bn100 said...

Nice interview

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

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Awesome! Thanks so very Much!
Thanks for participating in this hop!
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Mayla Moore said...

I would love to read this book with my three boys!

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thanks for the giveaway!

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Renee G said...

This looks like a cute book.
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Jessica said...

Thanks!

Mona said...

It's so true that even the smallest actions can make one a hero. I enjoy sharing books with my daughter that teach life lessons in an entertaining, kid-friendly way. Rhymes are so much fun. We love Dr. Seuss and I plan to get some Shel Silverstein books as well.

Thanks :)
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Melissa said...

Such an important message for children!
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LB said...

Love that it rhymes - such a great way for children to learn.

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lgothard said...

Thank you for making it so simple to enter!!
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VampedChik said...

Very cute! My nephew would absolutely love this book.
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Lisa Vazquezanzua said...

Thank you so much for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!
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Sherry Compton said...

Grand kids inspire many things. Have fun with your grandson!
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Tami Valentine said...

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Amanda said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This would be great for my kids!
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Emily said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Candice said...

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SueFitz said...

Nice giveaway

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Kimberly Lazor said...

So glad to see that someone is still concerned about teaching kids manners!

Thank you for the giveaway fun!

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Mippy said...

My nephew needs this!
Thank you for the chance! :)
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Kari Flores said...

For a mother of a 7 year old that belches more than he speaks I could definitely use this book. kari_944@yahoo.com

Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds like a great read, especially for my son who loves Super Heroes and not so much manners. ;) Seems like a great way to instill them!

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Michele P. said...

this will be a positive book for my grandson to read-thanks for the chance!

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Sarah said...

I really love that each of Sherrill's books have a message to them and are rhyming. I know my daughter seems to pay a lot more attention to a book that rhymes compared to one that doesn't. Thanks for your giveaway!
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Holly Letson said...

This looks so cute!

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Sherrill S. Cannon said...

Thank you so much to all of you for your wonderful comments. I just wish I could send a copy of Manner-Man to ALL of you!!! I was especially pleased to see so many teachers interested, for the joy I get from writing comes from sharing my books with children...the more, the better! If any of you wish to purchase any of my books, please consider going to my Fundraiser site at http://sbpra.com/curejm where 50% of the cost of my books goes to the CureJM Foundation to try to help find a cure for this incurable children's disease. Thanks again!