Book cover of We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors



Publisher & Publication Year

Roaring Brook Press, 2020

Publisher's Book Page


Carole Lindstrom (Anishinaabe/Métis, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)

Author's Website 


Michaela Goade (Tlingit/Haida)



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. Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors is a rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

Notable Achievements

American Indian Library Association Best Book 2020; ALA Notable Children’s Books, Younger Readers Category 2021; Caldecott Medal, Jane Addams Children's Book Awards, Books for Younger Children; Notable Books for a Global Society 2021; Rise: A Feminist Book Project, Beginning Readers Fiction 2021; School Library Journal Best Picture Books 2020; #1 New York Times Bestseller; Charlotte Huck Honor 2021


Publishers Weekly: “Lindstrom honors those who fight to protect the Earth’s fresh water… A passionate call for environmental stewardship.”

Kirkus Reviews: “Lindstrom’s powerful message includes non-Native and Native readers alike: ‘We are stewards of the Earth. We are water protectors.’ An inspiring call to action for all who care about our interconnected planet.”

School Library Journal: “An accessible introduction to environmental issues combined with beautiful illustrations, this book will both educate and inspire youth. First purchase for all libraries.”

Booklist: “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.”

The Horn Book: “The refrain ‘We stand / With our songs / And our drums / We are still here,’ which punctuates and strengthens the main text, is printed in italics and can easily be read as the voice of the ­community come together.”

Educator Guide

This activity kit, created by Roaring Brook and educator Jessica Ellison, includes a note from the author, discussion questions and topics, tips for community engagement, an “earth steward and water protector pledge” for students, and other activities.

Link to Guide

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