Rhymes are all around us. As babies and toddlers, our parents tell us nursery rhymes such as Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep and Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater. Then, we are read classic rhyming books by authors such as Dr. Seuss. Even music is filled with rhymes.
Rhymes are fun to read and listen to, but they’re also beneficial to children’s cognitive development:
“The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonological awareness skill. Research indicates there is a correlation between phonological awareness and reading ability. Working on rhyming skills is usually part of most programs of reading instruction for that reason.” –verywellfamily.com
Meet author Sheri Wall. Born, raised and currently residing in central Texas, Sheri has been married for 35 years and has 2 grown sons.
When her boys were young, she loved reading rhyming books to them. They would delight in the rhythm and take turns finishing the verses.
“Now that my boys are grown, my husband encouraged me to channel my creative energy into writing children’s books. I decided to focus on rhyming books and established my brand A Matter of Rhyme to celebrate reading aloud as a fun, essential learning tool. I know that rhyming and repetition are important for kid’s brain development, and I’ve seen that they work.” -from her website, amatterofrhyme.com.
The first book she published, An Omelet For Evan, was awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf International Book Awards. Sheri has released several other books, including these that I read to my son Wyatt:
An interview with Sheri:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I happened upon creative writing while homeschooling my boys.
Where do you get your ideas?
Family and friends inspire me or make requests. Silly Milly the Dane and Maiden Mermaid – The Tale of Sirena were by request.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My husband and I are DIY folks. We always have some type of creative project in progress. Our last major one was converting a school bus into an RV, or “skoolie” as they are called.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very supportive and like to give their two cents. I have an elementary curriculum specialist, two graphic designers/photographers, and an architectural designer in the family so I get a lot of good advice. My husband is very supportive. He helps me with formatting, tells me to spend what I want (though I’m very cautious with funds), and he listens to me obsess over punctuation usage at 3:00 am.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written 7 for kids. I also have a fun rhyming book for gals about wine. I think my favorite is Chores Make Me Snore. It has repetitive verses and some different rhyming patterns.
What is some advice you would give your younger self?
Don’t worry about what other people think. You aren’t going to please everyone.
What is your favorite part about being an author?
Seeing the children’s faces light up and hearing them giggle during my stories.
Tell us something interesting or surprising about yourself that many people don’t know.
I have a spin and personal trainer certification, and I married my high school sweetheart.
What’s next for you?
I’m waiting on my first hardcover printed book to arrive, Maiden Mermaid – The Tale of Sirena, and I’m finishing up a book project for a pelvic floor physical therapist about bedwetting. Also, A Silly Milly Christmas is waiting to be formatted.