Paul Goble (writer and Illustrator)
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Paul Goble Writer and Illustrator

Paul Goble
Goble in 2008
Goble in 2008
Born(1933-09-27)27 September 1933
Haslemere, England
Died5 January 2017(2017-01-05) (aged 83)
Rapid City, South Dakota, U.S.
OccupationIllustrator, writer
GenreChildren's picture books
SubjectNative Americans
Notable works
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Notable awardsCaldecott Medal
  • Dorothy Lee
    (m. 1960; div. 1978)
  • Janet Tiller
    (m. 1978; died 2014)

Paul Goble (27 September 1933 - 5 January 2017) was a British-American writer and illustrator of children's books, especially Native American stories. His book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses won a Caldecott Medal in 1979.


Goble was born in Haslemere, England. He grew up in Oxford where his father was a harpsichord maker, and his mother a professional musician. Goble studied at the Central School of Art in London and then worked as an art teacher, as a furniture designer and as an industrial consultant. His first children's book, Red Hawk's Account of Custer's Last Battle, was published in 1969.[1]

In 1977, he moved to the Black Hills in South Dakota and was adopted by Chief Edgar Red Cloud.[2] Goble was greatly influenced by Plains Indian culture[3] and his subsequent children's books reflect this.[4]

In 1979,[5] Goble received the Caldecott Medal award, presented each year for the most distinguished children's picture book, 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.

Goble became a U.S. citizen in 1984.[6]:104 He died of Parkinson's disease on 5 January 2017, aged 83.[2][7]

A biography, Paul Goble: Storyteller, written by University of Manitoba professor Gregory Bryan, was published shortly after Goble's death.[8]

Personal life

Goble was married twice. His first wife, Dorothy Lee (sister of actress Barbara Lee), whom he married in England in 1960, was credited as co-author on several of his books.[6] They had two children before divorcing in 1978. Later that same year in South Dakota he married Janet Tiller, with whom he had a son. Janet Goble died in July 2014.[9][10][8]


Illustrations by Goble are held in various collections, including that of the Library of Congress.[11]



  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 17 June 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)

Translated work

  • Vah?i atlar? seven k?z [The girl who loved wild horses] (Maya Kitap, 2016) (translated into Turkish by ?eyda Uysal)


  1. ^ Museum of Nebraska Art, "Paul Goble Archived 25 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine".
  2. ^ a b Davis, Monica (6 January 2017). "Author Paul Goble dies at 83". News Center 1. Archived from the original on 8 January 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Internet Book List, "Author Information: Paul Goble"
  4. ^ HarperCollins, "Paul Goble"
  5. ^ Caldecott Medal
  6. ^ a b Bryan, Gregory (2017). Paul Goble, Storyteller. South Dakota Historical Society Press. ISBN 9781941813102.
  7. ^ Griffith, Tom (5 January 2017). "Award-winning author Paul Goble dead at 83". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ a b Maughan, Shannon (10 January 2017). "Obituary: Paul Goble". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Note: this source misspells Janet Tiller's surname as "Filler".
  9. ^ "South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016". Retrieved 2018 – via FamilySearch. (registration required)
  10. ^ Durkin, Peter J. (1 May 2017). "Paul Goble, Storyteller". Whispering Wind – via
  11. ^ "[Dead buffalo shelters Sacred Otter and Morning Plume from blizzard while horses stand nearby]". The Library of Congress.
  12. ^ Randolph Caldecott Medal and Honor Books
  13. ^ Regina Medalist: Paul Goble Archived 7 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Children's Choices for 2004 Archived 26 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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