Paul Goble (born September 27, 1933) is an English-born American writer and illustrator of children's books, especially Native American stories. Goble has received a number of honors for his books including the 1979 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
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Goble, a native of Haslemere, England, studied at the Central School of Art in London where he worked as a furniture designer, industrial consultant, and art instructor. He published his first children's book in 1969, entitled Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle.
In 1977, he moved to the Black Hills in South Dakota and was adopted by Chief Edgar Red Cloud. Goble was greatly influenced by Plains Indian culture and his subsequent children's books reflect this. "I feel that I have seen and learned many wonderful things from Indian people which most people would never have the opportunity to experience. I simply wanted to express and to share these things which I love so much."
In 1979, Goble received the Caldecott Medal award, presented each year for the most distinguished children's picture book. It was awarded for his 1978 book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Most of his books, retellings of ancient stories, are told from the perspectives of different tribes among the Native Nations. They represent Goble's effort to make Native American traditions understandable to children of all heritages.
Goble and his wife, Janet Goble, live in Rapid City, South Dakota. They have three adult children: Richard, Julia, and Robert.
Goble's artwork resides in several collections and institutions, including the Library of Congress. He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.
Throughout my books I have tried to reflect the special Indian feeling of mystical relationship with nature.
Goble's work is a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry...It succeeds beautifully.
--The New York Times
Caldecott Medal (1979),
Regina Medal (2006),
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, South Dakota State University,
Children's Book Council Children's Choice (2004) ,
Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year,
The Boy & His Mud Horses (World Wisdom, 2010) ISBN 978-1-935493-11-2,
The Earth Made New (World Wisdom, 2009) ISBN 978-1-933316-67-3,
Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters (World Wisdom, 2007),
All Our Relatives: Traditional Native American Thoughts About Nature (World Wisdom, 2005),
The Gospel of the Redman (World Wisdom, 2005),
Song of Creation (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2004),
Mystic Horse (HarperCollins, 2003) Children's Book Council Children's Choice,
Storm Maker's Tipi (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2001),
Paul Goble Gallery : Three Native American Stories (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1999),
Death of the Iron Horse (Aladdin, 1999),
The Lost Children (Aladdin, 1999),
Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History (University of Washington Press, 1999),
Iktomi Loses His Eyes (Scholastic, 1999),
Iktomi and the Coyote: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1998),
The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman (National Geographic Children's Books, 1998),
The Return of the Buffaloes: A Plains Indian Story about Famine and Renewal of the Earth (National Geographic Children's Books, 1996),
Remaking the Earth: A Creation Story from the Great Plains of North America (Scholastic, 1996),
The Art of Paul Goble, Author-Illustrator (Center, 1995),
Iktomi and the Buzzard: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1994),
Hau Kola: Hello Friend (R.C. Owen, 1994),
Adopted by the Eagles: A Plains Indian Story of Friendship and Treachery (1994),
The Lost Children: The Boys Who Were Neglected (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993),
Crow Chief: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1992),
Love Flute (Bradbury Press, 1992),
I Sing for the Animals (Bradbury Press, 1991),
Iktomi & the Buffalo Skull (Orchard Books, 1991),
Iktomi and the Ducks: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1990),
Dream Wolf (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1990),
The Girl Who Loved Horses and Greyling (Changes) (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989),
Beyond the Ridge (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1989),
Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1989),
Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story (Orchard Books, 1988),
Her Seven Brothers (Aladdin, 1988),
Death of the Iron Horse (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1987),
The Great Race of the Birds and Animals (Bradbury Press, 1985),
Buffalo Woman (Bradbury Press, 1984),
Star Boy (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1983),
The Gift of the Sacred Dog (Bradbury Press, 1980) (this book was shown on the PBS TV series Reading Rainbow June 17, 1983),
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Scholastic Book Services, 1979) Caldecott Medal,
The Friendly Wolf (Simon & Schuster, 1974) (with Dorothy Goble),
Lone Bull's Horse Raid (Bradbury Press, 1973) (with Dorothy Goble),
Hundreds in the Hands: Brave Eagle's Account of the Fetterman Fight, 21 December 1866 (Macmillan, 1972) (with *Dorothy Goble),
Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle: The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 25 June 1876 (Pantheon Books, 1969) (with Dorothy Goble),