Thunder and the Noise Storms is written by Cree educator and psychologist Jeffrey Ansloos and Shezza Ansloos, Cree writer, educator, artist and speaker. This book is illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Anishinaabe artist/illustrator from Wasauksing First Nation. In Thunder and the Noise Storms when the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s grandfather helps him listen with wonder instead. Kids laughing, sneakers squeaking, balls bouncing - for Thunder, the sounds of the school day often brew into overwhelming noise storms. But when Thunder’s Mosom asks him what he hears on an urban nature walk, Thunder starts to understand how sounds like bird wings flapping and rushing water can help him feel calm and connected. Gentle, inviting illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley emphasize Mosom’s lessons about the healing power of the world around us.
2022 Forest of Reading School-Aged Award Program Nominee in the Blue Spruce Award category.