For the Love of Reading: Books to Build Lifelong Readers is a children's literature guide for anyone who knows the importance of reading should be introduced to children at the earliest opportunity. Authors David Bouchard, Lucie Poulin-Mackey, Sally Bender and Anne Letain have compiled a list of favourite children's books and organized over 500 titles into eight chapters. The authors all believe that reaching children and instilling the love of reading begins when parents also realize the importance of reading and literacy.
The Drum Calls Softly is Métis writer David Bouchard's picture book co-written with educator Shelley Willier and illustrated by Jim Poitras. The story is told in rhyming verse as the narrator celebrates with others the joy of the round dance and the music of the drum. This bilingual Cree and English book offers readers insight into the cultural understanding of First Nations by drawing them into the circle. They explore the seasons, the life cycle, cultural values, and making new friends. The 32-page book is illustrated with colour paintings of the dance by Jim Poitras.
I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery is a recent release by Métis author David Bouchard about the importance of understanding one's character. Using the exquisite illustrations of Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson, the author explains this journey to self-knowledge using readily identifiable Northwest Coast imagery and story. Finding one's true identity through the story about a wise chief and his quest to organize a potlatch provides readers with concrete examples from the human and animal worlds.
An Aboriginal Carol is a 2008 release from Red Deer Press that truly represents the collaboration of Métis author David Bouchard, Inuk musician Susan Aglukark, and Ojibwe artist Moses Beaver. Each artist brings their unique talents to a revised version of the “Huron Carol”. Based on the original “Jesus ahatonhia” written by Jean de Brebeuf around 1643 this song was translated into English by Jesse Edgar Middleton in 1926. It was Middleton who incorrectly added the Ojibwe terms Manitou and Gitchi Manitou to the song originally written in Wendat.
Nokum Ma Voix Et Mon Coeur is the French language edition of Nokum is My Teacher by David Bouchard. Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in French and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
Un Cantique Autochtone is the French edition of An Aboriginal Carol, a recent release from Red Deer Press that truly represents the collaboration of Métis author David Bouchard, Inuit musician Susan Aglukark, and Ojibwe artist Moses Beaver. Each artist brings their unique talents to a newly revised version of the Huron Carol. Based on the original Jesus ahatonhia written by Jean de Brebeuf, this picture book contains a CD with the readings of the carol in English and Inuktitut as well as the song performed in Inuktitut by Susan Aglukark.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Song Within My Heart is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
The Elders Are Watching, 5th edition, reflects collaboration between poet David Bouchard and artist Roy Henry Vickers. First released in 1990, this combination of poetic art explores the theme of First Nations and their relationship to the environment. Twenty-five evocative, colour images drawn by Vickers are combined with four-line verses written by Bouchard. Together the Tsimshian artist and the British Columbian teacher gently focus the reader's attention to the importance of the environment and the teachings of the elders.
OUT OF PRINT Qu'appelle by poet David Bouchard combines a romanticized retelling of the origin of Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan with the evocative paintings by Cree artist Michael Lonechild. Bouchard explains how he first heard the compelling story about the region's name. Qu'Appelle can be traced to a Cree story about love and heartbreak between a First Nation's couple. Michael Lonechild draws upon his vivid memories of Saskatchewan's landscapes during the four seasons as his inspiration for the collaboration. His fourteen paintings illustrate key points of the poem.