Join the No-Plastic Challenge!

Scot Ritchie
Scot Ritchie

For his birthday celebration, Nick has challenged his friends --- Yulee, Sally, Pedro and Martin --- to spend the day without using any single-use plastic. This means they use their own cloth bags for shopping, they say no thanks to plastic straws and, instead of balloons, they decorate with kites and streamers made of natural materials. The children discover that not using plastic is not that hard. They also learn about what plastic is made of, how much of it surrounds us and how it's polluting our oceans and affecting the food chain. Most importantly, the five friends learn ways to use less --- including just saying NO! The book concludes with fun ideas for readers to do a No-Plastic Challenge of their own!

This friendly introduction to a timely and urgent topic is part of Scot Ritchie's popular Exploring Our Community series. It will raise awareness of just how much plastic we use every day, and why that matters. Rather than focusing on the negative, however, the book takes a positive, proactive approach to the subject, empowering children with ideas for what they can do about it. As with all the books in the series, this one features friendly, appealing illustrations and the same diverse cast of characters. It has strong curriculum ties in science, including environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship. It also offers terrific character education lessons in responsibility, citizenship and initiative.

978-1-5253-0240-4 | Sep 3, 2019
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $16.99
4-color 10 x 8 1/2 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 2 / Ages: 4 to 7
978-1-5253-0398-2 | Sep 3, 2019
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99

Awards & Reviews

“At a time of heightened awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean, adults will welcome this introduction.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2019
“... fun as well as purposeful.”
— Booklist, August 2019
“A must-have for classrooms and libraries ...”
— The Calgary Herald, October 2019
“Cheerful illustrations and diverse characters help kids picture themselves making planet-friendly choices about plastics ...”
— Hakai Magazine, November 2019
“A light-handed yet substantial guide to mindful resource usage.”
— Publishers Weekly, December 2019
“... fun ...”
— CM Magazine, November 2019
2020 - Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation, Long-listed
2020 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

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