Book cover of Thunder and the Noise Storms

Thunder and the Noise Storms



Publisher & Publication Year

Annick Press, 2021

Publisher's Book Page


Jeffrey Ansloos (Cree) and Shezza Ansloos (Cree)

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Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Anishinaabe)



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.

Notable Achievements

Nominated, Blue Spruce Award 2021; Joint winner, A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice 2022; Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club 2023


Kirkus Reviews: "Bold art by Anishinaabe illustrator Pawis-Steckley in Woodland style gives weight to Thunder’s feelings and the importance of the Cree authors' story."

Educator Guide

This guide, created by co-author Shezza Ansloos, includes pre-reading activities, discussion questions, and extension activities.

Link to Guide

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