Hello! While I was working full time as a gymnastics coach, I became inspired to write Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy. This fun story, which teaches real gymnastics lessons and terminology, uses humor and warmth to show readers how to be a good gymnastics student. If your child is a gymnast they will delight in seeing their familiar and favorite things in the gym. And if your child hasn’t tried a gymnastics class yet, it is my hope that this story will encourage them to do so!
Four young gymnasts attend their weekly gymnastics class with their beloved Coach Wendy. When they meet class visitor, Sammy, they instantly adore him. It doesn’t take long for them, however, to see how silly he is! Will Silly Sammy ever learn what these smart children already know about being a good gymnast?
“Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy authentically captures the fun, excitement, and joy of gymnastics, for both the beginner and seasoned veteran alike. A wonderful story that invites readers into an actual gymnastics class and demonstrates the bond formed between gymnasts and coaches.”
− Janeen Belsardi, first competitive rhythmic gymnast from Sonoma County, California, and Rhythmic and Artistic gymnastics coach with over 20 years of experience
“As someone who has coached alongside Sharon, I can say with confidence that her understanding of the care, support, and silliness of gymnastics lessons shines through in this story. For a child or parent curious about gymnastics lessons, it's a peek into the fun, joy and satisfaction to be had. You'll be left with a warmth and trust that gymnastics is a perfect fit for both the timid and the bold.”
− Steve Sassone, Owner, Flying Angels Gymnastics
“Sharon has written and illustrated a smart and attractive book that teaches great lessons in a funny and subconscious way. Every child should read this book!”
− Mary Jambon, Owner, Sonoma Gymnastics Academy
“Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy is an authentic look into a day at gymnastics. It’s insightful, lighthearted, and the artwork is delightful.”
− Sarah Greenlief, Gymnastics coach, Redwood Empire Gymnastics