"Juniper" Book Signing Scheduled at USAO
Although it has been told in area classrooms, the Christmas story "Juniper" is being published and will be available to the rest of the world in August. But the children's book will be available this month for those who attend a book signing July 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the USAO Bookstore. The Bookstore is located at 17th and Alabama in Chickasha.
Author Nancy Hector will be on hand to sign copies of the books. Dr. Hector is an associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences at USAO.
"The book will be released to bookstores Aug. 15. Students have requested copies of the book. The book signing will help them and others get copies early," Hector said. "The book is about Juniper, the elf who couldn't do anything right."
"There's much to admire in Dr. Hector's tale of "Juniper," an inauspicious elf, eager to find his niche in life. The story kept my class absorbed (laughing, happy) and wanting more," said Cheryl Sehon, a second grade teacher in Chickasha.
The 103-page book is being published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. Kristen Polson, an illustration associate for Tate and a 2004 graduate of USAO, illustrated the book.
The book is available online at www.tatepublishing.com. Click "search our store" and enter the book's title or author's name. Both paper and electronic versions of the book are available.
Dr. Hector has been a faculty member at USAO since 1998. She received her bachelor's degree from the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (now USAO) in elementary education/early childhood education. Hector earned a master's degree from Phillips University in Enid in education and a doctoral degree in child and youth studies from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Before joining the USAO faculty full-time, she worked as an adjunct faculty member at the college. She also has served as a teacher, director of school and director of preschool at Epworth Christian School in Chickasha and as a teacher at Alex Public Schools and Rush Springs Public Schools.
She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Oklahoma Association for the Early Childhood Teacher Educators, American Association of University Women, Reading Teacher International, Grady County Reading Council and the Higher Education Alumni Council of Oklahoma.
Hector has two children and lots of nieces and nephews who have given her inspiration for her stories, she said. She lives in Chickasha with her husband, two dogs and two cats.