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Book details
  • SubGenre:School & Education
  • Age Range (years):3 - 5
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Scrap University Kids Recycling Series
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:34
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798986257600

The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans

by Shaziya M. Jaffer , Brad W. Rudover and Jessica Alexanderson

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Hey, did you know that the USA only recycles 45% of cans, despite the fact that they're 100% recyclable? Let's turn that number around by teaching kids how they can make a difference! 🤩🥫♻️

Meet Ellie 👧, the unicorn-loving 🦄, Pearl Jam-listening 🎶🎸, can-recycling superstar who's on a mission to save the planet. 🌎💚 When she discovers that she can get money for recycling cans 🥫♻️=💰, she sets her sights on collecting one million of them to buy her very own unicorn. 🤩🦄 But she can't do it alone, so she enlists the help of her friends and the entire school to join her in the crusade to save the planet and get that unicorn. Will they succeed? You'll have to order a copy to find out! 💌📬

Snap a picture recycling cans 📸, and we'll send you a sticker or magnet as a thank you for helping save the planet, one can at a time!  ♻️🥫💚🌎

Email photos to: Jess@ScrapUniversity.com 

Watch a video about our book here: ♻️🥫🦄🍿📽️

The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans - YouTube

Earth Day Video with Shaziya and Jess from Scrap U kids 🌎🤗♻️



Join Ellie and her friends on an adventure to collect a million cans. Along the way, they learn that all metal can be recycled, and they soon discover that teamwork and the willingness to share and adapt can help them achieve their goals. This is the perfect book for your child to learn about recycling, math, community, financial literacy, perseverance, sharing, teamwork, and donating.

Check out our 1st book review! 

"One of the newest children’s books on BookBaby Bookshop, The Girl Who Recycled 1 Million Cans, is one that should be included on every family and classroom bookshelf. This valuable story introduces early readers to Ellie, a little girl who wants to protect the environment by recycling metal cans. She embarks on an adventure with her friends that teaches them that all metal can be recycled, and teamwork and collaboration can help them achieve their goals.

When I see books like this, I am reminded how valuable children’s books are. I wish that this book existed when I was a child. Teaching lessons about environmentalism at an early age is so crucial, and children’s fiction is the best way to help kids understand these concepts. We’re living in an era where action is needed to preserve our planet’s natural beauty and resources. Environmental protection is a complex and existential topic, and it certainly is no easy task to explain the gravity of it to children.

Although it isn’t easy, it is essential. Because of that, I’m so grateful that books like this exist. Kids need to learn at an early age the importance of recycling and protecting the planet so that future generations can enjoy Earth’s abundance.

Beyond its sustainability education, the book teaches lessons about teamwork, math, community, financial literacy, perseverance, sharing, and charity. This book really stands out because it’s hard to write a fictional story that is so practical. Think about it this way – a story that has unicorns also teaches concepts that apply to daily life. It’s the perfect combination of imaginative and pragmatic.

In addition to its valuable content, the book is vibrantly illustrated and written in a way that children could easily understand. You can get your copy on BookBaby Bookshop and also learn more about the book by visiting Scrap University Kids." 

- Joe Yamulla at Bookbaby Bookshop

About the author

Scrap University Kids is a passionate team of three individuals who share a common goal of making the planet a better place for future generations. Shaziya 🍎🏫, an elementary school teacher with 15 years of experience, knows how important it is to teach kids at a young age about sustainability and environmental responsibility. Brad 🧲♻️, with over 40 years of experience in the metal recycling industry, is an expert in the field and knows the value of recycling metal. Jessica 🤿🐙, a scuba diver in Seattle, WA, is an advocate for ocean conservation and brings awareness of the impact of waste on our oceans and planet.

Together, they are Scrap U Kids, an educational initiative focused on eliminating metal waste from landfills within 30 years. They teach kids that all metals have value and that recycling them can even earn them some cash. ♻️🥫🔌🧲=💰So don't throw away those old wires, USB chargers, holiday lights, tin foil, or cans - bring them to your local scrap yard instead! They believe in making metal recycling fun and easy for kids while also raising awareness of the importance of sustainability. Their mission is to inspire the next generation to care for the environment and make a positive impact on the planet.

Visit kids.scrapuniversity.com for free coloring pages, recycling tips, and worksheets to help get kids involved. 🎨🧑‍🎨♻️🦄 Together we can save our planet 1 can at a time! 

Book Reviews

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Great Book for Children! I love that this book teaches about the benefits of recycling and how you can earn money to buy things you want from it! Great visuals and story! Read more
I love Ellie! My 6 year old daughter LOVED this book. She was fascinated with collecting cans and returning for money. After reading the book, she can spot aluminum cans left on the ground and quickly points out, picks up and returns these items to the recycling system. We may have a future professional recycler on our hands! Read more
The Girl Wh Recycled 1 Million Cans What a wonderful book!! Our 4th grade Green Team members read this book to all the K-4 grade classrooms in our building. It was a complete hit! It kept students engaged with facts and beautiful illustrations. Read more
Recycling is no myth This is a wonderful book that combines education with child like imagination. Better education will help us achieve a world of recycling, and who knows maybe even unicorns. Read more
Imaginative and informative children’s book about how to help the environment I really enjoyed this children’s book about how to help the environment by recycling metal. I think this would make a great read for any child and their classroom. I plan to give one to every kiddo and teacher in my life this holiday season. Helping our environment really starts when we’re young and if I can influence some youth to take more care it’s the least I can do for Mother Earth. Also, love the Pearl Jam references! Read more
Unicorns and recycling? Brilliant! I remember being taught about recycling when I was young. How important l thought it was. And what kid doesn’t like Unicorns? Great teaching book. Thanks Read more
Save the world, 1 can at a time! We live in the desert and sadly see garbage all over the trails, often times they're old aluminum cans. Since reading this book, my 2 kids have been excited to 'look for the cans' on their outdoor adventures, and we pick them up to recycle when we get home. This book had some invaluable info written in a way that a 3 and 5 year old could understand. The colorful pictures kept their attention, and helped them better understand the importance of recycling. They are excited to cash in their 'can treasures' and save some money for new toys. They also eagerly look for the 'recycle' logo on all our trash so that we can better dispose of our trash. Great read, cute and fun! Read more
Good read easy to understand The information is precise and easy for kids to understand my son loved the illustrations Read more
Teaching kids about recycling and how to earn money This is an incredible book! Unicorns, teamwork, recycling, and earning money....it has it all! Read more