Ancient Thunder

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Ancient Thunder
Book Cover, 2006 edition
Author Leo Yerxa
Illustrator Leo Yerxa
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Groundwood Books (CAD) & (US)
Publication date
3 August 2006 (US)

Ancient Thunder is a children's fantasy picture book by the Canadian artist and writer Leo Yerxa, simultaneously published in Canada and America during 2006. It won the 2006 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration, and also the 2008 Saskatchewan Willow Award for picture books. Ancient Thunder was both illustrated and written by Leo Yerxa.


This book describes the relationship of horses and First Nation's cultures with a single poem and illustrations using water-colour artwork. Only few lines of text per page contrast with painted images associated with native culture.

Concept and development[edit]

Leo Yerxa was interested by the native people while he watched them ride across the Great Plains in the movie when he was a child, their traditional clothing and the running creatures inspired Leo Yerxa to write this book. He used handmade water-colour paper and made it look like leather.


Literary Awards Year  Result
Governor General’s Literary Awards 2006 Won
First Nation Communities Read 2007 Won
The Willow Awards 2008 Won
Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award 2007 Nominated
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2007 Nominated