Best-selling author David Bouchard brought his message about the joy of reading to hundreds of students across the St. Clair Catholic district, during a recent two-day visit.
"Mr. Bouchard shared his passion for reading through storytelling about his traditions and his heritage," says Carole Taraborrelli, a French Immersion teacher at St. Patrick's Catholic High School. "His love for reading was evident throughout his presentation and his stories captivated our students."
Through his stories and life experiences, Mr. Bouchard helps students come to learn that they are all gifted.
"Every person has a gift that we must discover," he says. "We must then build our lives around that gift."
He also tells students that reading is one of the most important tools available to them and that reading is for everyone.
"It takes one book to become a reader," he says. "That's all. It just takes one book."
Mr. Bouchard has written about 25 award-winning books, many of which are multi-cultural in nature and produced collaboratively with First Nations artists. His books are an amalgamation of the arts - poetry, prose, visual art and music.
Through his two-day visit, Mr. Bouchard spoke with students from Ursuline College and Monsignor Uyen in Chatham, St. Elizabeth and Holy Family Catholic schools, Wallaceburg and St. Anne, Blenheim; and in Sarnia, St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Gregory A. Hogan and St. Anne Catholic schools.