VISUAL STORYTELLING at Barnes & Noble on Orange Blossom Trail

NEW PREZ COVER-1Barnes & Noble is challenging young readers to flex their mental muscle with a Reading Triathlon. Young readers can upload a reading journal or come into a store and to pick a copy. The more they read the more FREE BOOKS they earn. And I am blessed to have my book, President of the Whole Fifth Grade, as one of the prizes.

Well, a thing like that simply must be celebrated. So here’s the deal. I’ll be appearing at the Florida Mall B&N at 8358 Orange Blossom Trail on Friday, 4:30 p.m. What am I doing there? Well, glad you asked! I’m going to show young readers how I use sketches and doodles to help me visualize my stories. Another favorite way to spark my creativity is playing with LEGO. I use LEGO structures to help me physically connect with my stories. OK, I use them mostly ’cause they’re a hoot. Even so, deciding on the pieces and what they mean and where they stand and who they stand for requires a type of narrative. Assembling those same pieces for a stop motion mini movie demands even more storytelling skills. A great way to wile away an afternoon, a weekend or more!

I’ll be debuting my latest LEGO mini-movie based on characters in President of the Whole Fifth Grade and my yet-to-be-released novel, The Sweetest Sound.

Parents, caregivers and anyone needing to breakup the cries of “what’re we gonna’ do now” should come by and get ideas to use throughout the summer. I know, awesome, right?

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A day at the beach is always better with a good book!
A day at the beach is always better with a good book!

Looking for the perfect book for your kid reader this summer?

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For Brianna Justice, President of the Whole Fifth Grade (and soon to be President of the Whole Sixth Grade), the future’s so bright, you gotta’ wear shades!

Ask yourself, what does school politics, dirty tricks and cupcake recipes have in common? Find out in President of the Whole Fifth Grade! The story features Brianna Justice, a precocious fifth-grader in a small community outside of Detroit, Michigan. Brianna wants to become a cupcake-making millionaire when she grows up, thanks to her idol, TV baker, Miss Delicious. So when the glamorous celebrity baker visits Brianna’s school and says she would never have made a success in her business without the skills she learned as president of her fifth-grade class, Brianna is like, “Well, I’ve gotta’ be President now!” So little Miss Thing launches the mother of all campaigns. She tells everyone she knows that the class president job is hers. And she would have walked away with it. Mmm, hmmph. Free and easy. Except for one thing: Jasmine Moon. Now what started out looking like a sure thing, isn’t so sure at all. How far will Brianna go to make her dream come true. Honey, it’s in the book. You gotta’ read the book!

*President of the Whole Fifth Grade, by Sherri Winston, is currently on the recommended summer reading list for the New York Public Library. It was formerly a Sunshine State Young Reader Award recipient in Florida, where it was also on the recommended reading list for grades 3 to 5; and it was a runner-up for Tennessee’s recommended reading list. President of the Whole Fifth Grade can be purchased online or ordered through your local bookstore.

*Coming soon–President of the Whole Sixth Grade (November).



The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Library and the Queens Library, along with the NYC school library network, has selected President of the Whole Fifth Grade–a book totally written by yours truly–for their recommended summer reading list.

Oh, New York. Thank you so much. It’s such an honor. Now if you’re reading this in the NYC area and decide to check the website,, they may have messed up my name a little bit–called me Sherri Williams. Not to worry. It’s me, Sherri Winston, author of President of the Whole Fifth Grade and the soon-to-be released President of the Whole Sixth Grade. President Cover with Bleed_CMYK[1]Trust me. I wrote both of them with barely any help. OK, maybe a little help from a few real-life fifth graders. And people who like cupcakes because the main character, Brianna Justice, is all about baking cupcakes. And there are recipes, too. I made them up. I DID. And anyway, the New York library people totally got the name of the book right, so who cares. On behalf of me and Sherri Williams, please accept my humble thanks. I shall now take a brief delay to perform my happy dance.DSC_0188


I am now done with my dance. Please, go along with your day. And if you are in NYC or know someone there with an awesome kid in need of awesome reading material, tell them Sherri Williams, uh, Winston, says hello!