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Leo Yerxa
, 1947-


Yerxa, who was born on the Little Eagle Reserve in northwestern Ontario, is an award-winning writer, illustrator and artist. He studied graphic arts at Algonquin College in Ottawa, fine arts at the University of Waterloo, and has worked with Tom Hill, a respected figure in aboriginal art in Canada. A set of his murals can be seen at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre on the Rainy River First Nations National Historic Site in Ontario. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Christie’s Book Award (for Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall), 1994.
Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award (also for Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall), 1994.


Books by Leo Yerxa:

Yerxa, Leo. A fish tale ; or, the little one that got away
Vancouver, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre, 1995.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0888992475

Yerxa, Leo. Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall
Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 1993.
Genre: Poetry
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0888991835

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