Washed Ashore

Making Art from Ocean Plastic

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Every day, we use plastic products. And where do these items go when we are done with them?

When artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi found plastic trash polluting the beach near her home, she took action. She formed an organization called Washed Ashore and started gathering trash from beaches and using it to create incredible sculptures of wildlife. These sculptures travel the country to teach people about the importance of these animals—and the problems caused by plastic pollution.

Author and photographer Kelly Crull highlights fourteen spectacular sculptures, along with hints to find common objects hidden among the debris. There’s information about each ocean animal as well as tips for how you can reduce your plastic use, hold a beach cleanup and make your own plastic art. Be inspired to get creative in protecting the world’s oceans!

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Active Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 36
Publication Date 2022-03-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF065000, JNF006060, JNF021040
Dewey 731/.2
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 910
Guided Reading Level P
Features Activities, Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Sidebars, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Photographer: Kelly Crull

Kelly Crull is an author, illustrator, and photographer. His writing career began in the second grade when his teacher gave him a blank picture book and told him to tell a story. He filled an entire bookshelf at the library at his school in Iowa. His joke book even had a waitlist! Kelly is the author of a short stack of children's books including Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic which was selected for the Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List and nominated for the Keystone to Reading Book Award. Kelly's lively school visits have been known to include reenactments of the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina, the world's largest food fight. Crazy fiestas like these happen every day in Spain where he lives with his wife and three children in an old stone house between a castle and a palace.

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School Library Connection

“This title is a must-have addition to STEAM collections focusing on biology, the environment, and art.” —School Library Connection


“An excellent work on an unusual topic and a must for school and library shelves.”—starred, Booklist

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“A visually and factually compelling call to environmental action that will speak to children.”—School Library Journal