I am a mother of four and a grandmother of nine. 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 five other rhymed children's stories, as well as eight rhymed musical plays for elementary school children (which have been performed in the Philadelphia PA area since 1995 - three of which have now been published.) 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 editor who critiqued this book wrote: "What a cute story! I know there are many stories about how Santa came into the picture, but this is a delightful idea behind the gifts at Christmas." The story is best for ages 3-9, to be read to children who still believe in Santa!
My second rhymed children's book, 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... The critique 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!"
My third rhyming children's book, The Magic Word has just been released and is available on amazon and bn.com and other internet book sites. It 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. (I also have another, My Finger-Paint Print, with my agent.)
All three of my books are now part of a fund-raising effort for the Women's Economic Council Foundation, with 50% of the cost of the books donated to WECF. This foundation supports scholarships and programs for girls and women. The link is: http://www.womenseconomicfoundation.org/summit_speakerbooks.html
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 the Philadelphia PA suburbs where we lived for fourteen years before moving to the Binghamton NY area where we have lived for sixteen years. We celebrated our 50th 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, and often collaborate with my daughter on a new rhymed musical for her elementary school. Three of my plays, "Have You Seen My Little Lamb", "The King's Spell" and "When You Wish Upon a Star...fish" are available at Lazy Bee Scripts - www.lazybeescripts.co.uk
There are also video trailers for both books on You Tube. Please visit my website/blog at http://www.sherrillcannon.com and also my Strategic Book Group Author Fan Page on Facebook, www.tinyurl.com/Author-Sherrill-S-Cannon and become a fan! Please let me hear from you!