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Children's Nonfiction Recycling & Green Living

Join the No-Plastic Challenge!

A First Book of Reducing Waste

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Recycling & Green Living, Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


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.

About the author


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



Scot Ritchie's profile page


  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine
  • Unknown, Green Earth Book Award, The Nature Generation

Editorial Reviews

A light-handed yet substantial guide to mindful resource usage.

Publishers Weekly

At a time of heightened awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean, adults will welcome this introduction.

Kirkus Reviews

Cheerful illustrations and diverse characters help kids picture themselves making planet-friendly choices about plastics ...

Hakai Magazine

... fun ...

CM Magazine

A must-have for classrooms and libraries ...

The Calgary Herald

... fun as well as purposeful.


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