Saturday, July 21, 2012


Sharon Jean Cramer was born in Jamestown, New York in 1960. Sharon’s education includes a Master’s in Anesthesia Education from Gonzaga, with her minor area of study in fine arts at the University of Houston. She pulls heavily from her experiences in healthcare to consider subject material for her children’s books.

She also pulls from very personal experience for The Sneezy Wheezy Day. Her twin sister struggled with childhood illness for many years. Sharon observed that the treatments, though helpful and therapeutic were not what was ultimately most significant. What mattered most to Vonnie was the family and friends around her, who supported and loved her.

Sharon is surrounded by her own cubs. Her three sons all live in Spokane, and though grown, have opinions about the cougar cubs. Lost and Alone was actually written for her youngest son, Chase, when he was born. It is about his two older brothers, who were eight and ten years old at the time! Cole and Shad tangled on occasion so it was easy for Sharon to write about sibling rivalry and conflict resolution!

Sage is Sharon’s granddaughter, loves the Cougar Cub Tales, and is a tough critic! She pits the cubs against Dora, Spongebob and of course the Disney princesses, but so far, the Cougar Cubs hold their own (and dad doesn’t bore so quickly over reading them over, and over, and over!)

Sharon’s husband, Daryl, is a nurse anesthetist, and ‘personal organizer’ for Sharon. He is also chef, karaoke partner, best friend, and inspiration to the author. He is a good voice of reason, sometimes editor, and unlikely audience during studio recordings. (More than one take has occurred due to his enthusiastic presence!). If you see Sharon at a big event, say hello to Daryl as well. He is usually close by.

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Cougar Cub Tales: I’m Just Like You is the second book in the Mom's Choice Award Winning Series, COUGAR CUB TALES. 

I'm Just Like You is about a cougar cub brother and sister who, one day, encounter a creature very unlike themselves. They have ungrounded apprehension about whether or not the blind bobcat is “a REAL cougar cub”.

By the end of the tale, they realize that they really ARE the same, overlooking their physical differences as they embrace their new friend. It is a timeless story that deals with the everyday childhood issue of intolerance, especially regarding physical difference and disability. It is written in a wonderful nonsensical rhyme, and the eighteen watercolors are an exquisite representation of this charming tale.

You can meet the cougar cubs and view all of the Cougar Cub Tales at

Written and illustrated by Sharon Cramer, Cougar Cub Tales: Lost and Alone is the first in the children's picture book series, Cougar Cub Tales. It is a hardbound edition of 37 pages and is illustrated with watercolors.

The story is the first in the ongoing adventure series of a brother and sister cougar cub; it deals with the childhood issues of rivalry and conflict resolution and communicates to a child in a delightful, nonsensical rhyme.

The tale is the prestigious winner of a Silver Award for Mom's Choice Award for best picture book about family values.


From the award-winning series, COUGAR CUB TALES: The Sneezy Wheezy Day continues the adventures of the cougar cub brother and sister as they venture into the world to play. When one of the cubs becomes ill, they decide to seek their well-intentioned friends for treatments and remedies for brother cougar's ailment. One friend even tells the cub, "Tickle your nose with the tail of a goose and do it before the next blue moon rise!". Although the recommendations are sincere, the final remedy is a sibling's love. The rhyming verse is captivating, not just for the child, but for the adult reader, and it is illustrated with incredibly vivid watercolors. It is a heartwarming story about negotiating childhood illness, but in a hilarious and lighthearted way. Make sure your child searches for the small additional creature on each page!

From the award-winning writer/illustrator Sharon Cramer comes her newest Children's Book, Marlow and the Monster.

Marlow has a Monster, and he's not very happy about it! Every night, Marlow is visited by this unwelcome guest. It pesters him terribly and often has him in trouble with his parents. At his wits' end, Marlow tries to give the Monster to little sister, Sarah. Is it Sarah who finally figures out what to do with the Monster? This is a charming tale, rendered in visually stunning detail. The book is quill pen and ink, black and white. The only splash of color is the Monster. Enjoy this walk on the wild side as you and your small ones help Marlow negotiate his Monster and learn that things are not always as they appear. Don't forget to find the mouse on every page!

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