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Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade (The Children's Book Podcast #584)

Carole Lindstrom (@CaroleLindstrom) and Michaela Goade (@MichaelaGoade) share WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS. The story was inspired by Standing Rock, by indigenous people fighting pipelines and fracking, fighting for the earth. It’s a story for everyone, because we all have a part in this. But it’s also a story about acknowledging those who care deeply for our earth and our waters. We all can be water protectors, even from our homes. This April 22, 2020 we are celebrating the 50 anniversary of Earth Day. One action you might take is to sign the water protectors pledge created in connection to this beautiful book. There’s also a virtual kit that can be shared with students. Both are available below in the show notes so that you can help share these resources widely. As Carole reminds us, “everything revolves around us being together as one.”

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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.


Michaela Goade (website)


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I can't thank you enough for bringing author Carole Lindstrom and ilustrator Michaela Goade of the hauntingly beautiful children's book We Are Water Protectors, into my living room for this live experience. I saw through your eyes and heart the in depth beauty of the soul creators of this stunning and timely collaboration. I simultaneously looked at images of the creators and the book while you guided my voyeuristic experience, as though all 3 of you were here with me. I can't wait to get in front of a group of children to share this book and all it has to offer. Thank you for breathing life into my adult experience of this book and it's message! You are a…

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