Monday, January 12, 2015

SECA 2015!

I am gearing up for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) annual conference which is being held in New Orleans this week. Attending conferences in the Big Easy is always nostalgic for me because that is where Hubby and I met 20 years ago. He had just been stationed there with the USCG and I was visiting from San Antonio to attend an early childhood conference. A mutual friend suggested we meet and less than 6 months later I nabbed him for good.
Here we are in 1994. Boy, do we look young!

So excited about the topic of my presentation! It has one of those long, dreary, educational sounding titles but basically it is on how to use children's literature to foster social-emotional development in young children. The audience at SECA is always the best. They are dedicated teachers and child caregivers who are enthusiastic learners. I'm also expecting to see some of my former students from when I taught at the University of New Orleans.

Here is a preview of some of the titles I will be sharing at the conference.

Bang, M. (1999). When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry. New York, NY: Blue Sky Press.
Children learn how to deal with anger in a constructive (rather than destructive) way. 
Gassman, J. & Horne, S. (Illustrator). (2012). You get what you get. Capstone Publishing Company.
Melvin throws fits when he doesn’t get his way but learns how to manage his emotions.

Munson, D. & King, T. C. (Illustrator). (2000). Enemy pie. Chronicle Books.
During summer, a young boy makes an enemy with a new neighbor, Jeremy Ross; however, his dad knew how to get rid of enemies using enemy pie. 

O’Connor, J., & Glasser-Preiss, R. (2012). Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two. Harper Festival.
Nancy is invited over to Bree’s house for a special tea party but they get into a disagreement and disaster occurs.

Dewdney, Anna. (2013). Llama Llama and the Bully Goat. New York, NY: The Penguin Group. 
Bully Goat is teasing and taunting his classmates, but this story shows how the characters got through the difficult situation.

If you read my blog, please find me at the conference and let me know! I'll be in the Bienville Room on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and then in the Exhibit Hall with Pelican Publishing.


  1. Oh, how I wish I could hear your presentation! I've attended Early Childhood conferences in New Orleans before, and they were so fun and I learned a ton! Good luck, and eat lots of good food!

    1. And it would be great fun to have YOU in the audience. It would probably turn out to be just a conversation between the two of us!

  2. Karyn, What a lovely photo of your with your hubby. You look exactly the same now as you did then. I love all the book titles. Children's books have come such a long way since I was little, but then again Dr Seuss is always timeless. Good luck in New Orleans. I know you'll be great!

    1. I was going to suggest reading aloud to your furry family members when they are becoming a handful. Maggy (16 year old tortie cat) actually sits and listens when I try my stories out by reading them aloud. It's a hoot.


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