We Are Water Protectors

Illustrated by Michaela Goade

“Water is alive. / Water remembers our ancestors / Who came before us, she said.”

This Caldecott award winner highlights water not just an important natural resource but as a sacred, living element that sustains and binds all together plants, animals, and humans. When the construction of an oil pipeline—depicted as a monstrous black snake—threatens to “spoil the water” and harm the plants, animals, and humans who depend on the water, a Native girl commits to becoming Earth’s steward, rallying and joining others to defeat the black snake.

We Are Water Protectors is a vital and effective text for engaging young people in discussions about resource extraction and its consequences. Referencing the #NoDAPL movement and the activism of water protectors and land defenders, the picturebook illustrates how individuals can work toward collective action and how stewardship, kinship, and Indigenous knowledges and histories can reshape our relationship with nature. ©2021 ClimateLit (Lara Saguisag)

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2020

Pages: 40

ISBN: 978-1250203557

Audience: Little People (4-7)

Format: Picturebooks

Topics: Activism, Energy Justice, Land Defenders, Pipeline, Pollution, Water Protectors, Water is Life