The Big Beach Cleanup

Illustrated by: Katie Rewse
Published by: Albert Whitman

When it comes to the environment, a community must work together.

Cora is excited to enter the local sandcastle-building contest–until the contest is canceled due to litter at the beach. Determined to help save their favorite place, Cora and Mama get to work picking up the single-use plastics that have washed onto the shore. It will take more than four hands to clean up the beach, but Cora is just getting started.

THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP introduces young readers to the impact of human trash on the environment. With practical solutions for tackling the plastic problem, this heartfelt story demonstrates that a person is never too young or too small to inspire big change.

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“Simple enough for preschool and kindergarten listeners but an effective introduction to a worldwide problem.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The shimmering, bubbly pastels of the landscapes contrast with the starkly white junk, offering an effective “clean this up” message in itself.” —Booklist

“This is a great book to use as a read-aloud for Earth Day, or as part of a civics unit stressing the importance of how one person, even a child, can make a big difference.” —Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

“This important picture book helps kids understand the power of one person!” —Librarian Jolene Gutiérrez

“The Big Beach Cleanup” is an inspirational story that shows readers that they can all be activists and use their hands to make a difference in the environment.” —Teacher & bookstagrammer @jensbooktalk