Former English teacher/ librarian releases second book for kids

Author Sherri Maret (right) on her visit to the Shippensburg Area Intermediate Unit. Illustrator Noelle Ziegler (Help Me!) is on the left. Librarian Beth Jones is in the cage.

Author Sherri Maret (right) on her visit to the Shippensburg Area Intermediate Unit. Illustrator Noelle Ziegler (Help Me!) is on the left. Librarian Beth Jones is in the cage.

NEWVILLE – Sherri Maret is a newly published author living her dream.

“I taught for 20 years as an English teacher and library media specialist in Chambersburg, Cumberland Valley, and Shippensburg school districts,” Maret said in a press release. “I loved teaching, but I wanted to write children’s books, too.”

In April 2016, Maret released her first book, “Help Me!”, about a lady who loves animals who flies to Africa for an amazing animal adventure. When it is time to go home, she decides she wants to take a baby animal home with her. The lady ends up having a very different kind of adventure that wasn’t at all what she had planned.

Maret’s new book, “The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure,” will be released Aug. 1.  She said she wrote it primarily for the kindergarten teachers she worked with at James Burd Elementary School in Shippensburg. In it, a gingerbread man who fears he will be eaten by two children or their mother finds himself at an elementary school seeking help from many of the people who work there.

“Originally, it was to introduce kindergartners to elementary school, but then I decided to adjust it so it serves as a back-to-school book, too,” Maret said.

As an educator she knows teachers and librarians are busy, so she created multiple follow-up activities that are available on her website, www.sherrimaret.com.  “I spent so much time creating lessons and activities for my students when I taught.  I know how hard teachers/ librarians work, so I wanted to help them.”  Parents who homeschool their children might also find the activities helpful, she said.

tgmsa_fc“I wish I could draw but I don’t have the talent,” Maret said. “I was lucky to find two very talented students when I taught at the Shippensburg Area Senior High School.”

Noelle Zeigler,a 2016 SASHS graduate, illustrated “Help Me!” Emily McMichael, a 2015 SASHS graduate, illustrated “The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure.”

“Noelle and I did eight school presentations on our publishing journey in Shippensburg. We had a great time.  I hope we get to do more,” Maret said.

The author also worked for the Chambersburg Area School District at Faust and Chambersburg Area Senior High schools from 1997 to 2003. “Sometimes I run into former CASD students, which is fun,” she said. “It doesn’t happen very often since I now live in Newville.”

Maret will have a reading at Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, and a book signing from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Her books may be purchased from the author, online through Sunbury Press or through major online/ traditional bookstores.

(from The Public Opinion July 21, 2016: http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/life/2016/07/21/former-english-teacher-librarian-releases-second-book-kids/87420566/)

Woman on a safari trapped in a cage by mountain gorillas! Help Me!

hm_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa.April 23, 2016 — Sunbury Press has released Sherri Maret’s Help Me!  The book was illustrated by Noelle Zeigler..

About the Book:
A lady who loves animals flies to Africa for an amazing animal adventure.  When it is time to go home, she decides she wants to take a baby animal home with her.  The lady ends up having a very different kind of adventure that wasn’t at all what she had planned.

About the Author:
Sherri Maret has a B.A. degree in English and a M.S. degree in Education. Her educational career spanned twenty years teaching English for three years and the rest as a school library media specialist. She has lived in Pennsylvania since 1996 but misses her family and friends she left behind in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. She hopes to return to all those states to do author visits and explore some new states wherever author visits take her.

About the Illustrator
Noelle Zeigler, a 2016 high school graduate, has had a passion for drawing and writing as well.  She will be pursuing a degree in art and education.  Her goal is to attain a teaching position so she can pass on her enthusiasm for art to her students.

Help Me!
Authored by Sherri Maret, Illustrated by Noelle Zeigler
B&W on White paper
24 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
BISAC: Childrens / Animals
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1620067321
List Price: $9.99
8″ x 10″ Trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1620067338

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Help-Me-hardcover-978162…

Check out the author’s website at: http://www.sherrimaret.com/