Suzanne Reisler Litwin

Suzanne Reisler Litwin

Montreal, QC

I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A truly beautiful place to live.

In 1985, I graduated from McGill University (Montreal) with a Bachelor of Education degree. I became a Teacher. This was an amazing accomplishment considering the fact that I have tremendous difficulty spelling! In 1995, I graduated from Concordia University (Montreal) with a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. I became a Computer Science Teacher, specializing in Educational Technology. I taught pre-kindergarten children all the way to high school seniors. I’ve always loved teaching, but I was still brewing a passion for writing and the dream of becoming an author never diminished. In 2011 my first book, "The Black Velvet Jacket" was published.  It is currently in its second edition. 

Currently, I have the best of both worlds. I am teaching at Concordia University (Montreal) in the School of Extended Learning – Centre for Continuing Education. Also, I am writing a column called, “Living in the Now”, in The Suburban Newspaper Magazine.

Please visit my website, for more information.


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The Black Velvet Jacket - Reading and Art Activity

Inviting the Author to Your Community

Suzanne welcomes the opportunity to read "The Black Velvet Jacket" to children in your community.

Reading Presentation

Suzanne starts with a lively discussion about hopes, dreams, and wishes. She encourages the children to participate in discussing their own hopes, dreams, and wishes. She reads the book and then encourages the children to provide a summary.

Discussion and reading time is approximately 20 to 30 minutes.If time is available, Suzanne has a fun art activity which follows the reading.

Art Activity

Following the reading, Suzanne engages the children in a fun art activity. She discusses the main elements of the book, (1) hopes, dreams, and wishes and (2) keepsakes and hidden treasures. The children are then encouraged to illustrate themselves in a picture within their own hopes, dreams, and wishes. For example, if a child wishes to be a ballerina, then they are to draw themselves as a ballerina.When the children are finished their drawing, the illustrations are dated, named, and the age of the child is placed on the drawing. The drawing is then sealed in a special envelope. The children now have a "keepsake"! The envelopes are also named, dated and decorated. The children are encouraged to keep the keepsake sealed for many years. Hopefully, when the children get older this keepsake will be a hidden treasure just like the Black Velvet Jacket was in the book. When the children are adults, they will have this illustration to happily reflect upon.

The reading and art activity is approximately 60 minutes.

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3)

Fees: 250.00