Bonjou! (That’s Creole for Hello)
As a child, I loved to read and write, but growing up in Saint Lucia, the library was miles away and authors never visited my schools. So I frequently walked more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) round trip for a book to read and it certainly never occurred to me that I could write my own books one day.
Now that I am an author in WI, my love for reading hasn’t changed, but my access to books has. And for this reason, I am more passionate than ever about getting good books into the hands of young readers and encouraging them to share their stories with the world.
When I visit schools, I share my story along with my unbridled enthusiasm for reading and writing. It is my hope that by doing so, I will ignite, in every child, a desire to explore their curiosities through books and a belief that their stories are worth sharing.
My presentations include a powerpoint and Q&A. The student will learn about my writing process. Depending on the book, the student will learn what is required to write fiction or non fiction. One of the key take aways from every presentation is learning a few new words in a different language. I speak and write in French Creole and sharing that part of my culture with others is exciting and rewarding. My presentations are energetic, enthusiastic, and fun for all ages.
I am happy to tailor my presentations to fit the needs of your curriculum.
On our first class exploration of Baird Creek, the bug expert failed to show up. As a result, the insect leg of our trip fell flat quickly. Enter: Baptiste Paul. One by one, students created a huddle around him, captivated by all he shared of his childhood discoveries in St. Lucia.
Later in the year, Baptiste learned that I was planning to visit the Central Plateau of Haiti. We wanted to build a bridge between the children of the two countries. Once again, Baptiste scored! He wrote a poem for us in Creole and English so our class could send warm wishes to our new friends. Mainlanders and islanders alike received a treat. Our students had the privilege of learning many Creole thoughts and words from a master teacher. In Haiti, the students’ hearts were touched to hear children from the Midwest speaking beautiful wishes in their native language.
It’s a pleasure to introduce Baptiste Paul to readers. His first children’s book is for the young at heart who believe in cross cultural bridge building. After all, his story began in the warmth of St. Lucia, got buried in the land of frozen tundra (as it is affectionately known in Green Bay)….and is now ready to bring smiles to readers everywhere!