Carole Lindstrom
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author

Carole Lindstrom is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of We Are Water Protectors, Girls Dance, Boys Fiddle and other forthcoming books for young readers. She is Anishinaabe/Metis and 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.

We Are Water Protectors, a picture book inspired by Standing Rock, and all Indigenous Peoples fighting for clean water, is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, the first book written and illustrated by a Native author to receive this prestigious award. Carole has spoken to both children and adult audiences on topics ranging from environmental justice to the importance of Native Representation in Children’s Books.

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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

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"Carole's energy is infectious and her encouragement of others is genuine. Learning about what influenced her to write We Are Water Protectors is inspiring and reminds us that one voice can have a big impact. [She is a testament] to the care that infuses significant, powerful work." Heidi L. Nees, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre & Film, Bowling Green State University

"[The] evening was fantastic! Carole was such a delight. We heard from multiple attendees about how much they enjoyed the program."
-Bryan Whitledge, Central Michigan University

"Carole was excellent. From our youngest kids who enjoyed her reading to them, to our parents who were moved by her talking about her experiences as a student growing up not being recognized within the curriculum...This was a powerful tie in to our school's year long theme "We Seek an Earth Restored". "
-Dr. Margaret Haviland, Head of School, Westfield Friends School

Praise for We Are Water Protectors "Powerful....Goade’s illustrations combine a mystical mood with the lovely fierceness of a child seeking justice."
The New York Times

*"This book will both educate and inspire youth."
School Library Journal

*"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."
—starred review, Kirkus Reviews

*"Goade’s watercolor illustrations fill the spreads with streaming ribbons of water, cosmic backdrops, and lush natural landscapes.... Lindstrom’s spare, poetic text flows with the “river’s rhythm." 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."
— starred review, Booklist

*"Observation is not enough, the book communicates: action is necessary... A passionate call for environmental stewardship."
—starred review, Publishers Weekly

*"A gorgeous and empowering picture book with an urgent environmental plea."
—starred review, BookPage