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“Gorgeous . . . gives readers a sense of our connectivity.” —Romper

Inspired by Indigenous-led movements, this lyrical picture book is an urgent rallying to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

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Praise for We Are Water Protectors

NPR Best of 2020
The Washington Post Best Books of 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2020
Shelf Awareness Best Books of 2020
NYPL's Best Books of 2020
School Library Journal Best Books of 2020
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020
Booklist Best Books of 2020
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020


★“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.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★“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.”

Booklist, starred review

★“Observation is not enough, the book communicates: action is necessary... A passionate call for environmental stewardship.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

★“An accessible introduction to environmental issues combined with beautiful illustrations, this book will both educate and inspire youth...”

School Library Journal, starred review

★“A gorgeous and empowering picture book with an urgent environmental plea."

BookPage, starred review

Become A Water Protector

Water affects and connects us all. We must fight to protect it. 

Join us in the fight to protect the Earth and her waters.

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About the Creators

Carole Lindstrom 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. She is the author of Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle.

Michaela Goade is an artist and graphic designer living and working in Juneau, Alaska, where she was also raised. 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. She has illustrated Encounter (Brittany Luby) and Raven and the Tide Lady.

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