I’m an artist and picture book illustrator from Juneau, Alaska, traditional Lingít aaní (Tlingit land).



I am an illustrator for picture books such as “Encounter,” “We Are Water Protectors” and “Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy,” winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book. I also illustrate covers for chapter books, create personal art for purchase, and take on the occasional design project.

In recent years, my work has focused on Indigenous KidLit. I feel very honored to work with Indigenous authors and tribal organizations in the creation of beautiful and much-needed stories. I am an enrolled member of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. In Tlingit, my name is Sheit.een and I am of the Kiks.ádi Clan (Raven/Frog).

Following the artist path has enabled me to reconnect with my culture, and it’s become an anchor in a sea of overwhelming creative possibility. It’s been an incredibly enriching experience and I’ll keep learning and working to honor the culture and tribe.

I was raised in Juneau, Alaska, where I live today with my partner. Home is a small, cozy cabin by the sea, tucked away in the forest with a little studio down the trail. Our neighbors are a tight-knit community of wonderful people, dogs, whales, sea lions, bears, eagles and one particularly noisy murder of crows.

Select Clients

Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown for Young Readers

Macmillan Publishers – Roaring Brook Press

HarperCollins Publishers – HarperCollins Children’s Books

Press, etc.

TeachingBooks interview for ENCOUNTER

NPR Weekend Edition interview for ENCOUNTER

a starred review for ENCOUNTER from School Library Connection

Webinar – Picture Books: The Interplay of Text and Art, hosted by Kweli Journal, September 2019

a Kirkus review for ENCOUNTER

Book Chat with the Illustrator - Little, Brown for Young Readers

Panel speaker on The Picture Book Process, Kweli’s The Color of Children’s Literature Conference 2019, New York City, NY

Panel speaker on Making Children’s Books, Alaska Robotics 2018 Comic Con, Juneau, AK

Recommended: “How Devil’s Club Came to Be” by American Indians in Children’s Literature

Upcoming Picture Books

"Encounter"  by Brittany Luby (published by Little, Brown for Young Readers, October 2019)

"We Are Water Protectors"  by Carole Lindstrom (published by Roaring Brook Press, March 2020)

"My Baby Bundle" (final title TBD) by Tasha Spillett (published by Little, Brown for Young Readers, Spring 2021)

Past Picture Books

"Raven & the Tide Lady”  an ancient Tlingit story (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2018)

"How Devil's Club Came to Be"  by Miranda Worl (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)

"Let's Go! A Harvest Story"  by Hannah Lindoff (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)

"Shanyaak'utlaax – Salmon Boy" an ancient Tlingit story edited by Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, Nora Dauenhauer, and Richard Dauenhauer (published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, 2017)


2019 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awardee

American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book 2018 – "Shanyaak'utlaax – Salmon Boy"


Follow my creative adventures on Instagram @michaelagoade