Michaela Goade by Sydney Akagi-2

Michaela Goade

Michaela Goade is the 2021 Caldecott award-winning artist of the #1 New York Times Bestseller WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS. She is also a graphic designer. Micheala lives and works in Juneau, Alaska, where she was raised. Her childhood was spent in the forests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska, and her artistic style is rooted in the depth and beauty of its landscapes. At the heart of her work, whether she’s illustrating a children’s book or designing a logo, is a love for nature, the beautiful region she calls home, and a passion for evocative storytelling. Forever inspired by the coastal wilds of Southeast Alaska, she works to capture its magic and honor its vibrant cultures. Michaela’s Tlingit name is Sheit.een and she is from the Raven moiety and Kiks.ádi Clan from Sitka, Alaska.

Watercolor & mixed media

Let’s Go! A Harvest Story (Sealaska Heritage Institute)
Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy (Sealaska Heritage Institute)
Encounter (Little Brown)
We Are Water Protectors (Roaring Brook)
I Sang You Down from the Stars (Little Brown)
Berry Song (Little Brown)


2022 American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor  (I Sang You Down from the Stars)
2022 ALA Notable (I Sang You Down from the Stars)
2021 Caldecott Medal (We Are Water Protectors)
2021 CCBC Choice (We Are Water Protectors)
2021 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (We Are Water Protectors)
2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist (We Are Water Protectors)
2020 Shortlist for the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year (Encounter)
2019 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awardee
Winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Best Picture Book Award (Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy)

I Sang You Down from the Stars
We Are Water Protectors

Remember (Random House, Spring 2023)
Being Home (Penguin, Fall 2023)
Untitled (Little Brown Fall 2024)