Paul Goble

1933, Haslemere, England – 2017, Rapid City, South Dakota

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Paul Goble is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. A native of England, he studied at the Central School of Art in London and later worked in that city as a furniture designer, industrial consultant, and art instructor. He first visited the United States in 1959, moved to this country in 1977, and became a citizen in 1984. Lincoln, Nebraska was the artist’s residence until he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1998.

Goble’s life-long fascination with Native Americans of the Plains began during his childhood. He became intrigued with their spirituality and culture, and his illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs, and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. He researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audience in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways.

He said, “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 want to express and to share these things which I love so much.” He published his first children’s book while still living in England. Red Hawk’s Account of Custer’s Last Battle (1969), told from a Native American point of view, was the first of three stories relating to 19th century life. Since then his books have featured traditional Native American stories and reflect a belief in the interrelationship of all living beings.

Goble has received a number of honors for his books including the prestigious Caldecott Medal for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (1978). The Caldecott Medal is presented each year to the most distinguished children’s picture book. Goble’s books have won praise from the American Library Association, National Council of Social Studies, International Reading Association, and Children’s Book Council. His books have also been chosen for the Library of Congress’ Children’s Book of the Year award and as a Reading Rainbow selection by Public Broadcasting.

With more than 28 books published, Paul Goble is an active writer and artist.

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Paul Goble, Illustration from Adopted by the Eagles, watercolor, gouache, ink, n.d.