On January 31st, 2022, award-winning, multi-genre author, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, surprised her readers with The Gecko Without An Echo. This beautifully illustrated children’s book of pastel watercolors done by illustrator, Anushka Bansal, opens the author up to a whole new group of readers – young children in the early stages of development.
“This has been a genre I have been wanting to venture into for so long, but I wanted the message to be meaningful. In this first book, The Gecko Without An Echo, I am teaching young children the importance of meaningful friendships, appreciating those around us who care, and communicating with them when we need someone to listen,” says the author, Ms. Bannerman.
In the new children’s book, Earl the Squirrel and Tim the Gecko are best friends living in a tree by the bay. Tim is happy roaming the woods with his best friend, except for one thing… when he shouts his name, he gets no reply. They roam the forest shouting from high to low, and even teach children ‘Hello’ in different languages as they try to find Tim’s echo.
In a recent Goodreads review by Vanessa Garcia, she writes “It is beautifully illustrated, and the rhyming verses will definitely keep the young ones engaged. And to top that, the story talks about an issue that is not only for the kids but true for adults as well. So, for anyone who has kids, I highly recommend this book.”
The author posted recently, “I intentionally wanted my first book to rhyme, as I had researched how rhyming helps babies and children learn about words, sounds, and language formation, and that rhythm and repetition helps children develop early literacy skills for brain development.”
The author went on to discuss her own memories of her childhood and a room filled with bookcases lined with hardcover books of amazing colors and her parents reading to her every night.
“My childhood is what ignited the watercolor ideas in my head and the glossy hardcover design,” the author reminisced, “and I’m so blessed to have found as talented an illustrator as Anushka Bansal.”
Cheryl Denise Bannerman is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Award for her book of poetry, Words Never Spoken, winner of the Best Books Awards in the category of African American fiction in 2020 for Black Child to Black Woman, and 2021 Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction – Urban genre for Black Child to Black Woman. She is also a Semi-Finalist in the MLC Audiobook Awards with a 2020 IMDb Nomination for Book 1 of the Anna Romano Mystery Series, Cats, Cannolis, and a Curious Kidnapping.
Ms. Bannerman hopes to earn many more awards in her new genre of children’s books. She hopes parents will invest in this precious story and find out what happens to Earl the Squirrel and Tim the Gecko on one of their hikes into the woods and what Tim ultimately learns about communication and friendship.
An audiobook of this intriguing story for adults and children alike is currently being brought to life in the studio and will be available soon.
Cheryl Denise Bannerman has been crafting intriguing stories since she was only seven years old. By a pre-teen, she was writing poetry for publications and short stories for school. Apart from writing, the author also runs her 26-year-old virtual B2B Corporate Training and Development company based out of Orlando, Florida, and known as an Instructional Design and e-Learning Expert in her field.
All books are available on all retail platforms in eBook, paperback, and some in audiobook format. For more information about the author, please visit: https://www.bannermanbooks.com/
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