Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects

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Trash. It's all around us. Any place you encounter groups of people, you'll discover mounds and mounds of garbage. In the United States alone, we generate about 210 million tons of trash a year. We toss out and throw away disposable products all the time. Out of sight, out of mind. No need to see or get a whiff of our waste again. But where is out? What does away really mean? And what happens when we run out of out and away?


Wowza! Garbage received the Children's Nonfiction Award from the Society of Midland Authors!

The Society of Midland Authors will present its annual awards May 8 in Chicago, honoring its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2011.

The Society, founded in 1915 by a group of authors including Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, has given out annual awards since 1957. The juried competition is open to authors who live in, were born in, or have strong ties to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin.

Notable winners have included Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mike Royko, Jane Smiley, Dempsey Travis, Leon Forrest, William Maxwell, Louise Erdrich, Scott Turow, Alex Kotlowitz, Aleksandar Hemon, Stuart Dybek and Roger Ebert.

The Annual Awards Dinner will take place Tuesday, May 8, in the LaSalle Room at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago. 

Wowza! Garbage has received the Skipping Stones Honor Award in the Ecology and Nature Category! This category "promotes an awareness of: the natural world, human, plant and animal relationships, specific species and habitats, environmental protection, conservation of resources, community projects and sustainable living."

Garbage has been nominated for a 2011 Cybils Award in MG/YA nonfiction

Garbage is on the list of nominees for Children's Choice Awards at the Alleghany County Library Youth Services!

Original Reviews

"Fun and informative with a host of interesting projects. This is a tool that can be used both at home and in schools--and deserves to be on the bookshelves of everyone with kids."

Christine Todd Whitman

former Governor of New Jersey and Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"What you do with your garbage is about choices, and changing individual behavior is the first step. Garbage will teach children at a young age that they can make a difference now and for the rest of their lives."  

Matthew McKenna

President and CEO, Keep America Beautiful

"As entertaining as it is informative, this compendium of trash is an absolute treasure. Dig in ... and enjoy!"

Mary McKenna Siddals

Author, Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth


Booklist includes Biomes and Garbage to its list of Top 10 Series Nonfiction!

Thanks for the review of GarbageMomma's Bacon!

NSTA recommends Garbage!  "Accurately written, kid-friendly, thought-provoking, and funny...hands-on, minds-on..."  Read more here!

Garbage is listed on Tinlids' Best New Fall 2011 Children's Titles!

A great review by The Mama Report for Garbage along with fantastic photos of the Clean Up an Oil Spill activity! 

Blogger Simply Stacie reviews Garbage.

For KBOO radio listeners, Multnomah County Library Recommends Garbage, September 2011.

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