Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday 11.18.15 Trash Talk


I am excited to join Alyson Beecher and other friends in this weekly challenge.  Finding great nonfiction picture books isn't a challenge anymore, there are so many wonderful books to be read now!  The challenge is sharing them with as many people as possible so they can find this wealth of literature to share with our young readers.  Thanks to Aly for starting this weekly link-up and thanks to all who join in!  See all of the posts at kidlitfrenzy.

Have you seen the Orca Footprints series?  Each one is focused around a topic to help make big changes around the world.

Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World
Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World
by Michelle Mulder
Published by Orca Book Publishers

A new book in the series is Trash Talk by Michelle Mulder.  This book takes a look back at how places around the world have dealt with trash.  Let's just say some ideas of the past were kind of stinky ones (pun intended!).  

Mulder includes many big and small ideas of how we can reduce our trash usage, moving towards a zero-waste world.  Some ideas include:
* going on "free pile" trips - looking at what some people leave outside, whether in give-away piles or garbage - to find old things and making them new
* making a family compost pile
* buying things secondhand
* fix what's broken, don't just throw it away and buy something new
* grow your own food

This book, because of the interesting facts and new ideas that Mulder talks about, would make a great class read aloud.  When reading these longer books, sometimes you can read them cover to cover, otherwise, find the parts that would be interesting for your students or go along with class curricula.  Either way, both you and students will learn something new!


  1. It sounds good, Michele. I'll pass the series idea on to our librarian. Thanks!

  2. I love the series focus so I will have to check the books out. This particular one might be good for Earth Day.

  3. One of my friends runs a "Free Swap" and put together a high-energy video to promote it. Librarians might be able to use it as part of a booktalk or book discussion. Here's the link.

  4. I agree with your thoughts on how to read a book like this with a class. Will be alerting my Teacher Librarian about this title.