We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade

Hello, Carole Lindstrom! Hello, Michaela Goade! Thank you for visiting Watch. Connect. Read. to celebrate your BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING and IMPORTANT picture book, We Are Water Protectors



Carole, I saw on Twitter you’re hosting a virtual event for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Please share how everyone can attend the event and what to expect.

Carole Lindstrom: Readers and activists of all ages can register to attend our Virtual Earth Day Event here!

We are so excited to be able to bring this virtual event to everyone on Earth Day. We will have story time, followed by discussion of what inspired WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS, followed by Michaela sharing in-progress artwork images. And we’ll recite the pledge together. 


Illustration Credit: Michaela Goade
Michaela, what do you want everyone to know about We Are Water Protectors

Michaela Goade: So many things! We Are Water Protectors honors Water Protectors around the world who are courageously fighting for Indigneous rights and environmental justice in the face of greed, corruption and oppression. They are fighting for all of us. This book is an invitation to join and a call to action because we are all connected. As Carole says, “water affects and connects us all.” We Are Water Protectors is about kinship to our families, friends, communities, ancestors, future generations, people you’ve never met on the other side of the world – to Mother Earth herself. She loves and provides in so many ways, and she needs our help. We hope We Are Water Protectors inspires you to protect our sacred planet and give back to Mother Earth, to support and join Water Protectors/Land Defenders around the world. No action is too small. Together we are strong. Mni Wiconi! Water is life!
 


Carole, please finish the following sentence starters:

Michaela Goade’s illustrations are stunning!! I want every print that she made to line my walls! She is an amazingly talented artist.

We Are Water Protectors is
my love letter to Standing Rock and ALL Indigenous Peoples’ fight for clean water. 

Picture books are an absolute joy and privilege to create for young people.



Illustration Credit: Michaela Goade
Michaela, please finish the following sentence starters: 

Carole Lindstrom’s manuscript for We Are Water Protectors sang to me and captured my heart and imagination immediately. The way she writes about Mother Earth, about water, is what I seek to communicate through my art. It resonated so deeply with me.

Earth Day is every day! It is wonderful that we can come together on this day and celebrate Mother Earth. That being said, I’m a firm believer that we need to carry this energy with us daily in all that we do, and do things we must to help Mother Earth! I’m hopeful that we can come together and take action.

Picture books are absolute magic. And reflective of our society and our times. Carole and I have been continually blown away by the support of this book. It gives us strength and hope! Gunalchéesh for reading and supporting We Are Water Protectors, and for protecting our planet!





Roaring Brook's Description: 

A bold and lyrical picture book about protecting nature's most sacred resources

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

My people talk of a black snake that will destroy the land,
Spoil the water, wreck everything in its path.
They foretold that it wouldn’t come for many, many years.


Now the black snake is here.

Told from the perspective of a Native American child, this bold and lyrical picture book written by Ojibwe/Métis author Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade is a powerful call to action to defend Earth’s natural resources—inspired by the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and similar movements led by Indigenous tribes all across North America.


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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