David Bouchard

An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy. This former teacher and school principal has written more than 50 books in English and in French. Many of them combine poetry, prose and visual arts, and explore topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada's Aboriginal communities.

Also a storyteller and sought after public speaker, he has travelled across the country to promote the importance and joy of reading and writing. In his presentations to children, parents and teachers, he addresses his own struggles with dyslexia. Proud of his Metis heritage, he is a former president of the Metis Nation of Greater Victoria and continues to serve as a community leader.
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Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers, the sequel to the Seven Sacred Teachings, warns of voices we can expect to hear in our dreamtime – voices that do not represent the Sacred Teachings.
    These are the voices of Seven Deceivers who are spoken of by name. The allure of their whisperings is carefully spelled out in order that all might come to know what to listen for.
    Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers is a carefully woven telling of how and why Creator sent Trickster to Turtle Island with a gift that would help us see the light and resist temptation.
    At a time before distant religions and churches came with their teachings, their commandments and their seven cardinal sins, we knew. We knew the way of the Good Red Road.
    We knew the right way to live; not through commandments but through Sacred Teachings – Teachings that were given to us long before their arrival. And we knew we would be tested by Seven Deceivers – what they called seven cardinal sins.
    We knew because we had been forewarned.
    And when these distant churches arrived with their teachings, their relics and their symbols, we had our own. One was the Dreamcatcher.

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For the Love of Reading Books to Build Lifelong Readers
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Paperback
  • What should we read to our children? Four experts share their favorite books.
    In For the Love of Reading, David Bouchard has teamed up with literacy experts Sally Bender, Anne Letain, and Lucie Poulin-Mackey to give lists of books to inspire us and our children. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an administrator, an auntie, a grandpa or Mum's best friend, in For the Love of Reading you will find books to strike your fancy and the fancies of all the children in your life. Each author provides lists of books for all ages, as well as lists of seasonal books, resources, favorite strategies to encourage reading and those strategies to avoid. Lucie Poulin-Mackey's lists are of books in French. Indices are provided by author and title.

    David Bouchard has been a tireless champion of literacy for many years. A non-reader until adulthood, he fell in love with children's books one day when he was asked to read a chapter of a novel aloud.

    Sally Bender is a teacher-librarian who writes a book review column for the Brandon Sun. She brought the children's book section to her local teachers' supply store, Total Teacher, where she worked for several years.

    Anne Letain is a teacher-librarian, a consultant and the host of the website, The Reading Registry (www.readingregistry.com).

    Lucie Poulin-Mackey has been a teacher for almost twenty years. Lucie is now a literacy specialist for her French school board.

    Awards
    2005 CCBC Our Choice

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Beneath Raven Moon
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw, Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • There are as many Creation stories as there are First Nations on Turtle Island. The story of a Great Flood is known to indigenous people in every corner of the world. But what about the Moon? Who made her? What was her intended purpose?

    Beneath Raven Moon is an enchanting tale of the creation of Grandmother Moon and of the first time she wove her spell on a young, unsuspecting couple.

    The story unfolds in the territory of the Kwakwaka’wakw people – now also known as British Columbia’s Inside Passage – where Raven and Eagle join together in good-natured conspiracy to foster a heart-warming romance.

    Follow the magical vision of Métis author David Bouchard and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Andy Everson to learn why Raven found it necessary to bless us with the heavenly sphere that guides we two-leggeds and illuminates our night sky. And enjoy the enchantment of the music and flute of Mary Youngblood as you sit in wonder ... Beneath Raven Moon.

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I Am Raven: A Story of Discovery
Author: David Bouchard
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • David Bouchard dives into his own life and identity in this beautifully illustrated book.

    Personal totems are often described as animal spirit guardians. Totems are passed down through family lines. The beautiful prose describes an amazing personal journey of discovery, finally, inviting the reader to do the same.

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An Aboriginal Carol
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • On the White Ravens'' Outstanding New International Books for Children and Young Adults list, 2008

    Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

    Before the angels stars grew dim
    And wondering hunters heard their hymn
    One mystic flute - one hundred drums
    One message clear, "A King has come!"
    Not one had ever seen the like
    By light of day or moon of night
    Before the angels stars grew dim
    And wondering hunters heard this hymn. . .

    An Aboriginal Carol is the ultimate Aboriginal collaboration:

    * poetry by Metis poet David Bouchard,
    * paintings by First Nations artist Moses Beaver, and
    * the music of Inuit performer Susan Aglukark.

    Best-selling Canadian author David Bouchard reworks Canada''s oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. The art of Moses Beaver, from the fly-in reserve of Summer Beaver, Ontario (Nikinamik), resonates and awakens an awareness that is at once exciting and empowering, a way for all people to understand the birth of Christ from an Aboriginal worldview. The pride of the north, Susan Aglukark, interprets, for the first time, the revered carol.

    Written in English and in Inuktituk, the language of Canada''s Inuit people, the book is accompanied by a CD, which includes a reading in both languages and a performance by Susan. An Aboriginal Carol is certain to become a classic.

    One of Canada''s bestselling and award winning authors, David Bouchard is of Metis descent. The author of over two dozen best-selling books, his If You''re Not from the Prairie is on Maclean''s list of the top 20 Canadian children''s books. David Bouchard was a teacher and a principal for many years before turning to writing. For more information, visit www.davidbouchard.com.

    Moses (Amik) Beaver is from the isolated fly-in community of Nibinamik, (Summer Beaver) 500 kilometers north of Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario. While Moses work reflects the black lines of traditional Woodlands art, he embraces his own unique style of embedded images of spirits, human faces and animal forms, transcending physical boundaries to the outer dimensions of the spiritual realm. The images tell stories, represent ancient teachings of his people and remind those who gaze on the work, we are all connected to each other and the natural world. For more information, visit www.mosesbeaver.com.

    Singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada''s most unique artist''s and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktituk and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Unuit of Arctic Canada. She is rapidly becoming known as an uplifting motivational speaker, able to reach both youth and adult audiences alike. For more information, visit www.susanaglukark.com.

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Entre Dans la Grande Ronde
Format: Hardcover

  • Comme un cœur qui bat, le tambour résonne dans la nuit invitant les danseurs à entrer dans la danse ronde. Il y a dans l'air une magie, une paix. À cette célébration nocturne sont conviés les esprits qui nous habitent et ceux qui nous entourent. Entrez dans la grande ronde et vous sentirez, vous aussi, leur présence.

    De nouveau, cette fois-ci en collaboration avec le groupe Northern Cree, le peintre Jim Poitras, un Cri du nord, et de la poétesse crie Shelley Willier, David Bouchard, écrivain métis primé et auteur à succès, conjugue poésie, peinture et chant pour nous faire découvrir la beauté de la culture autochtone dans un album qui envoûtera, par sa sensibilité, autant les petits que les grands.

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If You're Not from the Prairie...
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Paperback
  • Award-winning poet David Bouchard offers words that remind the reader of the power of the wind, the sweep of the sky, and adventures on a cold prairie night. Henry Ripplinger's stunning paintings are treasures for the mind and the heart.

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Je suis Corbeau
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Sélection Communication-Jeunesse 2010-2011, 5-8 ans
    Médaille d’or du Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 2009

    “Certains vous diront que votre totem représente l’être que vous étiez dans une vie antérieure ou que vous pourriez devenir dans la prochaine. C’est peut-être vrai. D’autres vous diront que votre totem est la source de vos forces et de vos faiblesses. Ça, je le crois. Connaître mon totem m’aide à me connaître. Et quand je connais le totem de quelqu’un d’autre, cela m’aide à mieux le comprendre.”

    Cet ouvrage de l’auteur métis David Bouchard nous familiarise avec le sens, le concept et le rôle du totem et des animaux emblématiques dans la vie de tous les jours des peuples des Premières nations. Ce livre a remporté, dans sa version anglaise, la médaille d’or du prix Moonbeam du livre pour enfants, dans la catégorie multiculturelle. Il fait partie de la sélection Communication-Jeunesse des 241 meilleurs livres de l’année, 2010-2011, dans la catégorie « conte et légende, 5-8 ans ».

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La Grande Paix
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Paperback
  • Hiawatha, aussi appelé Ayenwhatha, est l’un des personnages des Premières Nations le plus célèbre à travers le monde. Il est surtout connu grâce à la poésie de Henry Wadsworth Longfellow dont le magnifique poème La chanson de Hiawatha contient cependant de nombreuses inexactitudes. Ce récit poétique est largement dû à l’artiste Rotinonhshón:ni Raymond Skye. Ce dernier attribue une bonne partie de ses connaissances aux enseignements traditionnels de son défunt père, membre de la Nation Seneca, et feu le chef cayuga : Jacob E. Thomas, considéré comme l’autorité en matière de Grande Paix, aussi connue comme la Grande Loi.
    Les Rotinonhsón:ni sont un peuple fort et fier. La vérité et la compréhension constituent une grande partie de leur vision et de leur mission. C’est certainement selon les termes de la Grande Paix que les Rotinonhsó :ni auraient parlé à leurs enfants, du grand Chef Ayenwahtha. Non pas comme d’un héros, mais comme d’un homme qui a oeuvré avec Pacificateur à l’établissement de la Grande Paix, la Grande Loi.

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La plus belle Création de Corbeau
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Corbeau rêva… et créa les Quatre-pattes, les Ailés, les Rampants.
    Il continua à rêver… à rêver… et il créa sa plus belle oeuvre jamais réalisée.

    Gaagaagi gii-pawaajige ogii-pawaanaa’ gaa-niiyogaadenid,
    gaa-bimisewaad, gaa-bimoodewaad. Geyaabigo gii-pawaajige …
    Gii-pawaajige ezhi-mino-ozhiitaad …

    Il y a autant de versions de la Création que de peuples des Premières nations en Amérique du Nord. L’histoire qui suit est le fruit d’un rêve de David Bouchard, auteur métis membre de l’Ordre du Canada. Dans la pure tradition des Métis et de leur art du conte, David Bouchard initie le lecteur au monde du Ciel, au peuple de la Terre, au mythe du Corbeau, à l’Île de la Tortue, à l’apparition des Deux-pattes (les humains).

    Comme dans tous ses ouvrages qui ont reçu prix et récompenses et réuni des artistes autochtones tels que Allan Sapp, Dennis Weber, Michael Lonechild, Buffy Sainte-Marie et Susan Aglukark, David Bouchard joue un rôle de rassembleur en s’entourant une nouvelle fois d’artistes et de musiciens reconnus pour leur excellence.
    Le lecteur découvrira la passion et le talent de la peintre cherokee Brigitte Lopez et de la chanteuse lumbee Jana Mashonee. Bien au-delà de l’oeuvre littéraire, de la fierté et de la culture d’un peuple, ce livre proclame la complémentarité et l’extrême richesse de l’expression artistique des Premières nations au niveau des mots, de l’image et du son.

    Album couleurs couverture rigide avec jaquette

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Le Secret de ton Nom
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Canada's three most well known and respected Métis artists collaborate in this heart wrenching telling of what it means to be Métis. Best selling, award winning Métis poet David Bouchard, once again makes books and culture available to all ages in The Secret of Your Name.

    Bouchard's heartfelt story is illustrated by Canada's most prominent Métis artist Dennis Weber. Included on the accompanying CD, with reading in French and Michif, is the Red River Jig performed by acclaimed Master Métis Fiddler John Arcand.

    Canada's Métis are the only mixed blood people in the world recognized by every level of government as being a Nation. The Métis have their own language, flag, songs and stories. They have exciting traditions and a proud history. Sadly, their journey was one of hardships, denial and often lies. In The Secret of Your Name, these three men open their hearts to all those who care to know what it means when it is said that we are Proud to be Métis!

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Les Sept enseignements sacrés
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Il y a des lunes, j’ai entendu mes enfants pleurer… Aujourd’hui, je reviens sous la forme de la Femme Bison Blanc.

    Aujourd’hui, je reviens te révéler les sept enseignements sacrés. Les Sept enseignements sacrés nous parle de valeurs traditionnelles communes aux peuples autochtones l’humilité, l’honnêteté, le respect, le courage, la sagesse, la vérité et l’amour.

    À chaque valeur correspond un arbre, une plante, un animal dont les attributs et les qualités fondent la base des enseignements qui sont un message d’espoir et d’universalité.

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Long Powwow Nights
Traditional Territory: Métis
Format: Hardcover
  • In 2010, Long Powwow Nights was the award recipient for First Nation Communities Read.

    The Powwow is a time-honored Native American custom. It is a celebration of life and spirituality, a remembrance of traditions, uniting a people through dance and ritual.

    Long Powwow Nights takes you on a wonderful journey, honoring these mystical dancers who keep their traditions alive through dance and song. In its poetic verses, David Bouchard skillfully narrates the story of a mother''s dedication to her roots and her efforts to impress upon her child the importance of culture and identity.

    Internationally revered Native American artist, Leonard Paul, brings the story alive with his beautiful renditions of powwow dancers, warriors, and stunning landscape.

    The book is accompanied by a CD, which includes music by internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, Buffy Sainte- Marie.

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Nokum : ma voix et mon coeur
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Médaille de bronze 2007
    Prix du meilleur livre jeunesse - Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, Lauréat 2007

    Nokum, ma voix et mon coeur est le récit poétique d’un jeune autochtone qui livre à sa grand-mère son questionnement sur le monde au-delà du contexte rassurant des siens et de sa communauté. Nokum accompagne son petit-fils dans sa quête par des questions l’invitant à reconnaître l’importance pour lui de découvrir le monde au-delà de la réserve et d’y participer. Comprend le livre en français et en cri accompagné de son enregistrement sur CD lu par le talentueux auteur/raconteur sur une trame sonore de chants et tambours du groupe albertain Northern Cree.

    32 pages couleur avec CD
    couverture rigide sous jaquette

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Nokum is My Teacher
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Hardcover
  • Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival Winner, Children''s Book of the Year 2007

    Moonbeam Children''s Book Awards, 2007 Bronze Medalist
    - Multicultural Picture Book Category

    Alberta Children''s Book of the Year nominee 2007

    Canadian Children''s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

    Will you walk with me, Grandmother?
    Will you talk with me a while?
    I'm finding life confusing
    And I'm looking for some answers
    To questions all around me
    At that school and on the street.
    You have always been here for me
    Will you help me learn to see?

    Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story of a young aboriginal boy, posing questions to his grandmother, his "Nokum", about the wider world beyond the familiarity of their home and community. Through a series of questions, Nokum guides her grandson towards an understanding of his need to fit into and learn more about this large world beyond the reserve. Nokum offers her grandson a vision of a world he can enter through imagination and reading, while retaining respect for the ways of his people. By the conclusion of the book, the young grandson has learned many new ideas from his grandmother and discovered his own wisdom in dealing with the changes in his life.

    Nokum Is My Teacher is a delightfully packaged book and audio CD, combining the written text in English and Cree with the mesmerizing voice of author/storyteller extraordinaire David Bouchard. It is illustrated by the hauntingly beautiful artworks of Allan Sapp, Cree elder, Governor General''s Award-winner, and Officer of the Order of Canada. The singing and drumming are done by Alberta''s Northern Cree, who have been nominated for a Grammy Award (2007) in the ''Native American music album'' category.

    Nokum Is My Teacher is also available in French/Cree text and audio as Nokum: Ma Voix et Mon Coeur.

    This is the first of a series of aboriginal books David Bouchard is developing with Red Deer Press.

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