We Are Water Protectors (Hardcover)

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By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
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Filled with flowing pictures, gorgeous colors, and an important story, We Are Water Protectors is the next book you should pick up. Your age is irrelevant, you should read this book. It is a story about the importance of water, how life is being threatened by oil consumption and the indigenous activism dedicated to protecting this earth. 


— From Jittery June Staff Picks

This beautifully illustrated book presents the complicated topic of water pollution and the need for its protection using Native American lore and imagery. The book starts off by showing children that all living things need water and that we humans are made of water as well. Hopefully this inspires the youngest of our generations to be stewards of water for the future. Bonus! There are more resources listed in the last couple of pages! -Kim T

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— From Aesthetical August Staff Picks

Calling all little “stewards of the Earth!” Beautifully illustrated, this Ojibwe story conveys the message of defending the earth by protecting our waters from harm and waste. The final page includes a “Pledge” which your child can read and sign, to become an “official protector of water.” 


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— From Modish March Staff Picks


Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption
a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth
And poison her people’s water, one young water protector
Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

About the Author

Carole Lindstrom is the author of the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award-winning We Are Water Protectors. She is Anishinabe/Métis and is a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland.

Michaela Goade is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator (We Are Water Protectors) and graphic designer living and working in Juneau, Alaska, where she was also 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. Forever inspired by the coastal wilds of Southeast Alaska, she works to capture its magic and honor its vibrant cultures. Michaela is from the Raven moiety and Kiks.ádi Clan from Sitka, Alaska.

Praise For…

"Powerful....Goade’s illustrations combine a mystical mood with the lovely fierceness of a child seeking justice." —The New York Times

*"This book will both educate and inspire youth." —School Library Journal

*"In this tribute to Native resilience, Indigenous author-and-illustrator team Lindstrom and Goade invite readers to stand up for environmental justice. An inspiring call to action for all who care about our interconnected planet."—starred review, Kirkus Reviews

Goade’s watercolor illustrations fill the spreads with streaming ribbons of water, cosmic backdrops, and lush natural landscapes.... Lindstrom’s spare, poetic text flows with the “river’s rhythm." Written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, famously protested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe—and others—these pages carry grief, but it is overshadowed by hope in what is an unapologetic call to action." —starred review, Booklist

*"Observation is not enough, the book communicates: action is necessary... A passionate call for environmental stewardship." —starred review, Publishers Weekly

"A gorgeous and empowering picture book with an urgent environmental plea." —starred review, BookPage

Flowing words by Carole Lindstrom and lush art by Michaela Goade appear in immaculate synchronicity on every page of We Are Water Protectors."—Shelf Awareness

"...beautifully composed." —Horn Book

"This book celebrates indigenous-led movements to protect our planet's water. With gorgeous illustrations, it gives readers a sense of our connectivity." —Romper.com

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250203557
ISBN-10: 1250203554
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English