Book review: Join the No-Plastic Challenge!: A First Book of Reducing Waste, by Scot Ritchie

Ritchie, Scot. Join the No-Plastic Challenge!: A First Book of Reducing Waste. (Exploring Our Community series, book 7.) Kids Can Press, 2019. 32 pages. $16.99. ISBN 978-1525302404. Ages 5 and up. P9 Q9

This is a very timely subject of reducing plastic waste that is full of valuable and useable information on why plastic is bad for everything to ideas for using other reusable items as alternatives. It also explains in a manner that children will understand why straws are not good, how to plan for a party and not use plastic, and also how to help clean up the waste now here.

VERDICT: This is a subject often discussed, and the way this was written will inform kids and the adults who are reading to them. The illustrations are simple yet effective, and the Words to Know at the back are a helpful tool. Great to see this children’s book to teach this important subject.

December 2019 review by Lynne Wright.

Book review: A First Book of the Sea, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

Davies, Nicola. A First Book of the Sea. Illustrated by Emily Sutton. Candlewick Press, 2018. $22.00. ISBN 9780763698829. 107 pgs. Ages 3-7. P8Q8

This is a wonderful book about the sea for young readers. It covers many sea related topics, which are broken up into four main categories- Down by the Shore, Journeys, Under the Sea, and Wonders. Several spreads deal with the terrible problem of plastic pollution and its effects. Some of the text rhymes and some does not, but all of it is poetic and lovely, and full of good information too. The watercolor artwork is beautiful- there is a lot of contrast, gorgeous color and rich detail. I loved the spread with the various types of ship sails and the border of sailor’s knots, all labeled.

VERDICT: I think all libraries in our area should have this book. Elementary schools will find it useful in the classroom, and parents will love reading it to their young children.

November 2018 review by Carol Schramm.