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Biography of Paul Goble

Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. To date, Mr. Goble has illustrated over 30 books. He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota. Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London. He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Goble's life-long fascination with Native Americans of the plains began during his childhood when he became intrigued with their spirituality and culture. His illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. Goble researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audiences in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways. Goble lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.

From his earliest years, Mr. Goble was close to the traditionalist writer Marco Pallis. Goble records some touching memories of this long relationship in the appreciation of Pallis that he contributed to The Way and the Mountain: Tibet, Buddhism, & Tradition. In addition, at the request of Marco Pallis, Goble accompanied Frithjof Schuon and his wife during their trip to the American west in 1959 for the purpose of meeting with American Indians from many tribes. Paul Goble was adopted into the Yakima and Sioux tribes (with the name "Wakinyan Chikala," Little Thunder) by Chief Edgar Red Cloud.

Paul Goble and his books have received the following awards:

  • The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs:  ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Bronze Medal award for “Juvenile Fiction”
  • The Girl who Loved Horses: The prestigious Caldecott Medal.
  • Star Boy: The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award.
  • The Earth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation: Gold Midwest Book Award for “Child/Young Adult Fiction”.
  • All Our Relatives: Traditional Native American Thoughts about Nature:
    • The Silver Midwest Book Award for “Nature”.
    • Nomination for James Madison Book Award.
  • Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunter:
    • ForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Juvenile Nonfiction”.
    • 2 Silver Midwest Book Awards for: “Child/Young-Adult Non-Fiction” and “Nature”.
    • Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for “Interior Design, Children's/Young Adult”.
  • In 2006, Paul Goble received the Regina Medal, an American literary award of the Catholic Library Association, for his "continued, distinguished contribution to children’s literature."

Mr. Goble has authored or contributed to the following World Wisdom titles:


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Quotes on Paul Goble

“His art is tremendous because he is able to recreate the traditional forms with great accuracy and detail. The designs he draws are completely authentic and his colors are the same ones that were used by the old-timers before the reservation days. He is able to recreate the spirit of the old stories with his illustrations and his words.”
Joe Medicine Crow, Crow Tribal Historian, and oldest living member of the Crow Tribe



“Paul Goble captures the beauty, spirituality and profundity of the Plains Indian sacred traditions with a power not of this world. What a glorious legacy he has wrought, and continues to create, and how deeply I thank Ma’heo’o for calling him to so great a vocation.”
Father Peter J. Powell, Director Saint Augustine’s Center of American Indians; author of Sweet Medicine



“Goble…is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1978 for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Most of his twenty-eight published books reflect his life-long fascination with the Plains Indians and their way of life.”
Robin Farrell Edmunds, reviewing for ForeWord Reviews



“[Goble's work] is a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry…It succeeds beautifully.”
The New York Times

Articles on Paul Goble
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In this foreword to Paul Goble's book Earth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation, renowned Crow elder and tribal historian Dr. Joe Medicine Crow adds the Crow story of creation (centered on Old Man Coyote) to enrichen Goble's presentation. Medicine Crow then provides the setting for how such tales were transmitted from elders to the young in earlier times. He concludes by praising the care and authenticity that went into this book and by remarking that there is great value in such books that preserve traditional wisdom for generations who no longer receive it as they did in earlier times.
The Foreword by Joe Medicine Crow to "Earth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation" by Paul GobleEarth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation (World Wisdom 2009)Medicine Crow, Joe American Indian, Children’s Books, Tradition
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Paul Goble’s Bibliography

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 featured on the PBS TV series Reading Rainbow)

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Scholastic Book Services, 1978) Caldecott Medal Winner

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)


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