NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH
SERVICES LITERATURE AWARD
• The children's book award was created as a way to
identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations
by and about American Indians.
• Books present Native Americans in the fullness of their
humanity in the present and past contexts.
• The First American Indian Library Association Native
American Youth Services Literature Awards were
selected and presented in 2006.
• Winners were chosen in three categories:
Notable Author: Paul Goble
• Is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books.
• Grew up in England, where he developed a deep interest in
the culture of the Plains Indians.
• He was greatly influenced by his adoptive father, Chief Edgar
Red Cloud, and other Native American people.
• In 1977, he came to live and study in the Black Hills of South
• He became intrigued with their spirituality and culture, and his
illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing,
customs and surroundings.
• He has published more than twenty-eight
Awards given to Paul Goble
• Caldecott Medal winner.
• His books have won praise from:
-American Library Association
-National Council of Social Studies
-International Reading Association
-Children's Book Council
-Library of Congress' Children's Book of the
-Reading Rainbow selection by Public
Her Seven Brothers
By Paul Goble
A Cheyenne star legend of the creation of
the Big Dipper. A young Indian girl has a
dream about her seven brothers who lived far
away. She creates seven sets of moccasins
and shirts, somehow knowing that she must go in search
of the seven brothers. When she arrives, the smallest
brother is waiting for her, he too, has power from the
spirits to see and know special things. The Chief of the
Buffalo Nation wants the young Indian girl to join him, but
she will not go. The buffalo keeps insisting for her to
come with him, but the girl refuses. As a result, the
buffaloes charge them. The youngest brother shoots an
arrow into the sky and a pine tree appears, growing
higher and higher. They all climb into the sky and
become the stars of the Big Dipper.
• This book would be a good read-aloud during a unit on
Native Americans, but would also work well on a unit
discussing stars and the explanations different cultures
give for their existence.
• Students can randomly stick several metallic stars on a
piece of black construction paper. Students can connect
the stars with a white crayon, and then create their own
legend about the constellation.
• Make a buckskin vest out of a brown paper bag.
Compare and contrast a variety of Native American
legends by drawing pictures of the legends on the vest.