The Recycling Project

After being away for a month during the summer to visit his grandmother, Kenzi’s best friend Juan is finally home. The two friends are excited to see each other, but when Juan shares with Kenzi how sad he felt when he saw so much garbage lying around on the beach and floating in the ocean, the two friends decide that something needs to be done–and it needs to start in their own neighborhood. Determined to find a way to keep their garbage from making its way to the ocean, Juan and Kenzi come up with a plan to take action, showing us that each person really can make a difference.


Author:  Donna Mazzitelli
Illustrator:  Gail M. Nelson
Publication Date:  December 14, 2018

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Donna Mazzitelli

Donna Mazzitelli is a publisher and editor, bringing dozens of award-winning books to life. She helps authors with fiction, nonfiction—including biography, memoir—and children’s books.

The Recycling Project is her third children’s book to date, connected to a topic that is deeply personal—our responsibility to our planet, to nature, and to each other.

Gail M. Nelson

Gail M. Nelson is passionate about books and art. She loves to draw, paint, illustrate books, and make recycled paper from junk mail.

Gail makes her home in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and the deer, bears, and birds in the forest.

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