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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

Too Much Trash

How Litter Is Hurting Animals

by (author) Joan Marie Galat

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Social Activism & Volunteering, Animal Welfare
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Litter is not only an eyesore but a serious threat to animals and their habitats. We can all work together to keep the planet healthy and clean.

Did you know that gum on the sidewalk is litter? Even a banana peel that is thrown in a ditch is litter. Trash poses a threat to animals everywhere, including pets, farm animals and wildlife. They can get injured or trapped in the litter and even eat garbage that makes them sick.

In Too Much Trash: How Litter Is Hurting Animals, we discover how garbage ends up everywhere—from city streets and the wilderness to farmland and the ocean. But there's good news: litter is a problem everyone can help prevent. Around the world, kids and adults are finding ways to take out the trash. Find out how you can help clean up the planet for all species.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Joan Marie Galat
lives in the Alberta countryside near Edmonton, where she can often be found gazing upwards. She shares her love of the sky in the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, which offers both science and stories from ancient cultures about our environment and the night sky.

Joan's writing career began with a weekly newspaper column when she was 12 years old. Now an award-winning and best-selling author, she has written more than a dozen books for both children and adults. She provides freelance writing and editing through her communications business, MoonDot Media, and is a frequent presenter at schools and libraries.

While Alberta's long winter nights and big prairie sky are ideal for stargazing, Joan also enjoys other pastimes such as reading, camping, kayaking, spending time outdoors, and even stiltwalking. She likes to travel and picnic, which led to her book Day Trips from Edmonton.

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  • Long-listed, The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Children’s Nonfiction
  • Long-listed, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) Book Awards - Youth Category
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection

Editorial Reviews

“This quick read will open your eyes to all the trash that we need to control…Impactful and timely. Recommended.”

School Library Connection

“Lively design layouts with discrete, digestible bits of text make the book accessible and inspiring. Showing how refuse harms humans and other animals, this work should move readers to act.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Will help young readers focus on not only making wise choices to help wildlife but also in taking action for a cleaner future for the world they will inherit. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A true eye-opener to anyone who wishes to have a clean environment and healthy animals…Recommended for an elementary classroom science lesson, or Earth Day-related activities.”

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