Medusa Visits Bluffton Elementary School!

Speaking to 2nd graders @ Bluffton Elementary School.

Speaking to 2nd graders @ Bluffton Elementary School.


When a principal at a school asks you to attend because she believes in you and your books, it’s really an honor. Julie Meitzler, principal of Bluffton Elementary School sent me a request earlier this year, saying that she had contacted teachers in her school with the recommendation that they invite me to visit their classrooms for an author visit.
2nd graders at Bluffton Elementary School loved their visit from Medusa!

2nd graders at Bluffton Elementary School loved their visit from Medusa!


The 2nd grade teachers followed up and the result was a successful and exciting visit! The second graders at BES are great! They were good listeners as I, dressed as Medusa, introduced them to my ‘friends’ – Hades, Hephaestus, Hermes. These are of course, books that I’ve written.

Keep in mind, I’m wearing a long flowing peach-colored gown and a wig of rubber snakes, very Medusa-like! I also speak in a gravelly, creepy voice as only Medusa would do.

Medusa de-wigged, student teacher Stephany Derengowski, teacher Lindsay Schroeder.

Medusa de-wigged, student teacher Stephany Derengowski, teacher Lindsay Schroeder.


At one point I take off my wig (yay! It’s hot and heavy!) and then tell the students about the rest of my books. At the end we had a Question and Answer time.
2nd grade teacher Kim Bitner & me.

2nd grade teacher Kim Bitner & me.

They were attentive and the teachers were helpful and supportive.

2nd grade teacher Allison  Krinn's class sent me thank you notes that were precious!

2nd grade teacher Allison Krinn’s class sent me thank you notes that were precious!


A few days later I was delighted to get a packet of thank you notes from Allison Krinn’s class. They were delightful and made it all worthwhile.

If you’d like ‘Medusa’ or Kayleen Reusser to visit your class, please contact me at xxxkjreusser@adamswells.comxxx (Remove the x’s).

Austin Is Fan of Hephaestus, Greek of Forge

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Austin loved reading my book about Hephaestus, Greek god of forge.

Austin loved reading my book about Hephaestus, Greek god of forge.


I love it when students review my books. Here is a review of my book on the Greek god Hephaestus by my friend
Austin:

It was a great book about a Greek God that was rejected by his mother. And then he started crafting things from pins to tables. Then his mother wanted him to make something that trapped her but for the rest of the book you read it to belive it.

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Great review, Austin! I’m glad you were intrigued by the story the Greeks made up about Hephaestus, the god of the forge.

If you are a student or librarian, would you consider writing a review about one of my books? You may email your photos and reviews to me xxxkjreusser@adamswells.comxxx (remove the X’s that are there to prevent Spam).

Please recommend that your local library order these books from Mitchell Lane. I also have 2 new books published by Purple Toad Publishing Www.purpletoadpublishing.net.
[/caption]Big Time Rush published by Purple Toad. Big Time Rush published by Purple Toad.
Big Time Rush biography
(ISBN 9781624690105 Ebook ISBN 9781624690297
Big Time Rush is a Beacon Biography and is offered as part of a seven-book series.).
Now You're Cooking: Cuba published by Purple Toad. Now You’re Cooking: Cuba published by Purple Toad.
and Now You’re Cooking: Cuba.
(ISBN 9781624690402 Ebook ISBN 9781624690419
This title is offered as part of a five-book series.)

They are all library-bound, full-color and beautiful!
If you have an Amazon account, you may post reviews there, on http://www.Goodreads.com and Barnes & Noble’s website.

Thanks!

Students at Horizon Christian Academy Love My Books!

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This student is reading Now You're Cooking: Cuba published by Purple Toad.

This student is reading Now You’re Cooking: Cuba published by Purple Toad.

Recently I had the opportunity to do a book talk at Horizon Christian Academy in Fort Wayne IN. My daughter teaches there and it was great fun seeing her interact with her students. she allowed me to take some of each class period to talk to students in grades 5-12 about my books, the process of writing and the importance of reading to be successful in life.

Students enjoyed looking through my books.

I didn’t ask but I believe it could have been their first experience meeting an author. I told them that although its exciting to have stories in 5 Chicken Soup books, my name is not on the cover. With the children’s books my name is on the cover.

I’m proud of those books and hope children like them too.

As a public middle school librarian, I also read chapter books to know what titles and subjects are available to students.

I’m currently reading Christina Diaz Gonzalez’s book, The Red Umbrella. It is a novel about the evacuation of children from Cuba during the revolution there in the 1960s. I love it and will recommend it to students at my school.

What is your favorite children’s book past or present? Do you prefer picture books to chapter books? Why?

Middle Schooler Loves Reading about Greek God Hades!

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When I spotted Ava, a 7th grader at my school, reading my book on the Greek god Hades, I asked her
a) if she liked the book (Yes!)

b) if she would take a form to her parent to sign which would give me permission to take a photo of her reading my book and post it on my blog.

She agreed, her parent signed the form and here is a photo of Ava reading the book! I appreciated Ava’s and her family’s support for allowing us to work together to tell more people about my book on Hades, published by Mitchell Lane.

Hades, as most of you will know, was ruler of the Underworld in Greek mythology. He was not well-liked by the other gods, but Hades generally did well in ruling the land of the Dead.

After reading the book, Ava made this observation about the stories of Hades: “It was interesting to learn that since Hades was the third child that he got the Underworld to rule.”

The stories created by the Greek people are interesting, complex and sometimes outlandish! They have kept people intrigued for thousands of years.

If you’ve never read a book of Greek mythology, please check out this book on Hades and my other Greek gods titles: Hephaestus (god of the forge) + Hermes (god of thieves).

If you are a Greek mythology fan, which Greek god is your favorite? Why?

I hope you have fun!
Take care,

Middle Schooler Inspired by My Book, Celebrities Giving Back!

Victoria loved my book Celebrities Giving Back.

Victoria loved my book Celebrities Giving Back.


I love to talk to kids who like to read, especially when they like to read my books! Call me Proud—I am proud of my 11 non-fiction Middle Grade books. They range in subject from Greek gods to biographies on Taylor Swift to stories of famous people who help others.

Victoria liked my book called Celebrities Giving Back (Mitchell Lane). She said, “I read Mrs. Reusser’s book about Celebrities helping the needy. This book inspired me to be a better person. In the book I seen Oprah and Mr. Obama.”

Thanks, Victoria, for your kind words! I know you will help many people in your life. Books can inspire us to do good.

What book have you read that inspires you to do good?

I’m available to speak at libraries and schools. Please contact me on Facebook, Twitter or my website contact page for more information.

Speaking to Students About Books at Deerfield Elementary School

I spoke to 4th graders at Deerfield Elementary School about reading and writing books.

I spoke to 4th graders at Deerfield Elementary School about reading and writing books.


The past couple of weeks have been busy with speaking opportunities about writing. I confess, I didn’t always want to participate in speaking opportunities because I was afraid of public speaking.

For decades after high school and colleges when those classes were painfully fulfilled as requirements, I avoided all possible events that might require being in front of others.

But everything I read said public speaking was important for writers to accelerate their careers. I avoided it for almost 10 years until I finally said, “OK, enough is enough. I’m tired of being afraid.” I joined the international organization called Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/).

A 4th grader from Deerfield Elementary School modeled a project from my Indonesia Craft/Recipe book.

A 4th grader from Deerfield Elementary School modeled a project from my Indonesia Craft/Recipe book.


Am I glad I did! After being a member for six years, I had to quit because of a family situation. It felt like God was saying, “OK its time to take what you know and use it to bless others.”

So that’s what I’ve done. With the publication of my nine children’s books I’ve been asked to speak at libraries, churches, civic groups, schools and other venues. In 2012 the total number of venues I spoke at was 30 with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

Students at Deerfield Elementary School listened well as I talked to them about reading and writing books.

Students at Deerfield Elementary School listened well as I talked to them about reading and writing books.


I usually blog about each experience individually because each one is special to me.

Recently I spoke to 75 4th graders at Deerfield Elementary School in Fort Wayne Indiana. I’m being honest when I say that my knees did not quake and my voice was not shaking and I was excited to teach the students about the importance of reading/writing/books on that special afternoon. These photos are all from that visit.

I’ll post about more speaking engagements coming up in the next few weeks.

What is one of your fears and how are you trying to overcome it?

Teens Can Learn Ways to Help Prevent Human Trafficking at FREE workshop

Bracelets and hair ties available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Bracelets and hair ties available at Creative Women of the World shop.


Teens, pre-teens, homeschool students listen up! You have the chance to pick up some FREE Indonesian jewelry and make your own at a workshop called ‘Teens Giving Back’ to be held at the Allen County Public Library on June 6 at 1pm in the Young Adults Department.
Mud cloth scarves vailable at Creative Women of the World

Mud cloth scarves vailable at Creative Women of the World


The workshop will be conducted by me and staff from one of Fort Wayne’s newest and neatest shops, Creative Women of the World (http://www.creativewomenoftheworld.com/ ).
Purses available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Purses available at Creative Women of the World shop.


Jeannie Johnson and Lorelei Verlee have established this shop to get the word out about their fascinating products.
Earrings from Tibet available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Earrings from Tibet available at Creative Women of the World shop.


The beautiful items for sale inside the shop are all made by people around the world who are trying desperately to work their way out of slavery and poverty.

Here are photos of items sold at the Creative Women of the World shop.

Denim wristbands from Haiti available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Denim wristbands from Haiti available at Creative Women of the World shop.


I bought several pieces of jewelry for Christmas gifts and my family LOVED them!
Items for sale Inside Creative Women of the World shop.

Items for sale Inside Creative Women of the World shop.


I also bought coffee from the shop made in another country and the person I gave it to sipped it gratefully.

Teens, you may also be able to make jewelry at the workshop.

Kenyan necklaces available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Kenyan necklaces available at Creative Women of the World shop.


I will talk about ways teens can help people as mentioned in my book, Celebrities Giving Back. The book is available in the library and the librarian will have copies available of it to check out. I’ll also have copies available for signing for $15.00.
Celebrities Giving Back by Kayleen Reusser

Celebrities Giving Back by Kayleen Reusser


I’ll mention the charity I helped establish called Stitches of Hope (www.stitchesofhope1.blogspot.com) and show the crocheted/knitted/sewn caps we make for people with illness or other need.
Cap made by volunteer of Stitches of Hope

Cap made by volunteer of Stitches of Hope


I will also display and talk about a blanket my daughter had made in Indonesia by women who preferred sewing to earn money rather than other less honorable methods of supporting themselves.

Mandy has also purchased greeting cards made by women in India for that same reason. I’m proud of her for helping other people in this way.

The jewelry items I’ve giving away are a secret for now but I have a whole bunch and they’re really pretty! Guys, even if you’re not into jewelry, attend the workshop, learn about ways to help other people and pick up some free jewelry for your girlfriends! They’ll love them!

Decorative items are available at Creative Women of the World shop.

Decorative items are available at Creative Women of the World shop.


Of course, you can walk a block away to the Creative Women of the World shop at 125 W. Wayne Street and buy many of their products after the workshop. They’d make great Father’s Day, birthday, wedding, and anniversary gifts.

And as might be expected with any teen group, there will be snacks — reflecting the countries we’ll discuss. Woo hoo!

This is my fourth year to present a workshop for Librarian Cathy Lambert’s Homeschooling group. I appreciate her enthusiasm and cooperation and interest in my crazy ideas. Posts about my previous visits are at June 2012, June 2011, June 2010.

Last year’s was particularly fun with the Greek God costume contest. Can you guess what character I was dressed as in my mother-in-law’s former peach-colored gown? (Hint: I had a head full of snakes)

Let me know if you have questions about the workshop. Hope to see you all there!