Free Book Friday: One Plastic Bag

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This week, enter to win One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia.

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.

Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person’s actions really can make a difference in our world.

For more information on One Plastic Bag, Isatou Ceesay, and the Gambia, visit You can also purchase bags made of recycled plastic bags, find free teaching resources, and share your own story!
If you’d like to win  One Plastic Bag, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: Free Book Friday! RT to win #oneplasticbag by @Miranda_Paul and @ElizabethZunon from @LernerBooks.

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, February 13, so check the blog then to see if you’ve won!

Good luck!

25 thoughts on “Free Book Friday: One Plastic Bag

  1. Damon Dean

    Putting this wonderful book on my local library wish list and also notifying my school librarians! Marvelous story of determination and community inspiration!

  2. traceybaptiste

    I am very much looking forward to this book! I'm entering not for myself, but so I can donate it to my kids' school librarian. Congratulations to Miranda!
    ~Tracey Baptiste

  3. Miranda Paul

    Hi Alyssa – just wanted to point out that there are some teacher lesson guides and resources at – hope you enjoy the book! ~Miranda

  4. Danielle Dufayet

    I can't wait to read this important and inspiring book. People are so creative and when they're motivated to do good things, the results are world-changing! Thanks, Miranda, for sharing this beautiful story.

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