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Children's Nonfiction Recycling & Green Living

Loop de Loop

Circular Solutions for a Waste-Free World

by (author) Andrea Curtis

illustrated by Roozeboos

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Recycling & Green Living, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Social Activism & Volunteering
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Get loopy with this playful introduction to the hopeful, transformative possibilities of circular systems!

Nature works on a cycle, where everything in the loop has value and nothing is wasted. But modern humans have created a different kind of system: it’s less like a circle and more like a line. We take, make, use and then, when those things break or we’re finished with them, we toss them away.

But our planet’s resources are limited, and we’ve taken too much. That’s why all over the world, people are reusing, repurposing, repairing and designing waste out of the system!

Explore the ways that people everywhere are creating a loopier world: from growing building materials out of fungi to designing headphones (and cellphones!) that last, to producing vehicles that run on renewable energy. Plus, kids and families have a role to play, too. Loop de Loop introduces young readers to repair cafés, toy rentals, tool libraries and many more fun, innovative ways to build community and a more sustainable world.

Includes a list of ways children can take part in circular systems, along with a glossary and sources for further reading.


Key Text Features




further reading


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.


Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

About the authors

Andrea Curtis is an author of books for children and adults. Her children’s non-fiction titles include Eat This!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and What’s for Lunch?, named to VOYA’s Honor list. She has also written the young adult novel Big Water. Her adult books include Into the Blue, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction, and The Stop, winner of the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. She has also won a number of National Magazine Awards. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto.

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ROOZEBOOS illustrates children's books, editorial illustrations and advertisements. She received a Bachelor in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam as well as a Master of Art in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She is the author and illustrator of When a Friend Needs a Friend and Dankje, Daan! and was a finalist for the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition. She lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Excerpt: Loop de Loop: Circular Solutions for a Waste-Free World (by (author) Andrea Curtis; illustrated by Roozeboos)

Creating a loopier world begins with rethinking stuff.

Do you have more than you need?

Too many t-shirts,

shoes — and lost socks?

Too many gadgets and gidgets and gizmos?

Too much plastic,

paper and styrofoam cups?

Are there too many cars on the road

and planes in the sky?

Everywhere we go, we’re told we need the latest,

the best,

the biggest,

the sparkliest,

the your-life-will-be-splendiferous-if-you-buy-this.

But what if more isn’t always better?

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