Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Big Beach Cleanup Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. The temperatures in New England are pretty chilly and the ground is covered with snow. What better time to celebrate a brand-new book about sun and sand and ocean waves tickling our toes! I grew up in New York City and spent many summer days on the beach at Coney Island. But beaches all over the world fall victim to thoughtless visitors who head home leaving cans, bottles, plastic bags, and many other types of garbage. Sadly, not only does it look disgusting, but that litter poses life-threatening health hazards for the creatures who inhabit the ocean, as well as those who live in the sand. Today’s wonderful book by debut picture book author Charlotte Offsay turns the spotlight on that problem and offers a solution! PLUS, she and her publisher are offering a copy of THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP as a giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment below.


Written by Charlotte Offsay

Illustrated by Katie Rewse

Published by Albert Whitman

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Pollution, community building, conservation

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Cora is excited to enter the local sandcastle-building contest―until the contest is canceled due to litter at the beach. Determined to help save their favorite place, Cora and Mama get to work picking up the single-use plastics that have washed onto the shore. It will take more than four hands to clean up the beach, but Cora is just getting started.

Why I love this book:

  1. I love books that get kids thinking about how they can make a difference.
  2. Wonderfully vibrant illustrations.
  3. Pacing and action will keep young readers and listeners engaged – and excited for a chance to build a sandcastle and clean up a beach!


Paper Plate Jelly Fish

Photo Courtesy:

I love using paper plates as a craft material…inexpensive and usually on hand. All you need: a paper plate, crayons (paints optional), crepe paper (you could use ribbons or strips of tissue paper), scissors, glue.

For detailed instructions:

Another great activity would be to visit a local beach (or lake). Bring garbage bags and pick up litter (wear plastic gloves and make sure to monitor what your child is picking up…there might be sharp objects or items you’d rather not have your child touching). Then, relax…observe the wildlife in the water, on the sand, and in the air. Take photos and/or your child can draw what she/he sees. And make sure you build a sandcastle!

This will be a wonderful book to help introduce young children to the importance of taking care of our environment. Please check out the book, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your library to purchase copies for their collection. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway from author Charlotte Offsay and her publisher. Did you ever participate in a beach cleanup? Or a sandcastle competition?

For more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, hop on over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

And please come back on Sunday for a belated Book Birthday post for PIGS DANCING JIGS, an adorable ABC book in rhyme by author Maxine Rose Schur…and then on Monday for a BOOK BIRTHDAY celebration and giveaway for Julie Abery’s two newest Little Animal Friends series board books, LITTLE PENGUIN and LITTLE ZEBRA. And then…and then…

Along comes #50PreciousWords on Tuesday, March 2. I hope I’ll see you all pop in during the week to post your entries and to comment on everyone’s beautiful stories!

26 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: The Big Beach Cleanup Plus Giveaway

  1. This Beach likes to keep it clean! I couldn’t believe when I got married, that they actually swept the beach every night after the crowds left. That memory stayed with me, and I try to keep my little spot clean!


  2. I love the message in this story! We are big sea turtle lovers here in North Carolina. It’s important to us to keep our beaches clean so the baby sea turtles can safely make it to the ocean once they hatch. Seeing their nests and then watching them hatch is one of the most magical experiences!


  3. The company I used to work for adopted a section of highway that we picked up trash along twice a year and we collected many, many bags of trash. This book is an excellent resource and I can’t wait to get back to the beach this summer.


  4. My son’s elementary school paired up with the Surfrider Foundation to do an annual beach clean-up on Ocean Beach in San Francisco. (and the Surfrider Fdtn paired with others throughout the year, so it just wasn’t one clean-up a year) So much stuff left by people or washed up from the ocean. It feels good to pick it all up, but at the same time, it feels like we are trying to push back the tide. I think I’m just feeling down about the approaching environmental disaster today. This does look like a terrific, and inspiring book! And we need that inspiration now more than ever! Get those young minds busy thinking of all kinds of solutions to help!


  5. I love the paper plate jellyfish! Congratulations, Charlotte! THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP offers such an important message for kids and adults! Katie’s illustrations looks amazing, too!


  6. I too clean up trash while I walk up and down our country road. It’s depressing how much there is. One year, quite awhile ago, my husband and I made a very tall trash man on which we stapled a large bag of trash I had collected, one piece at a time. Then, we burnt it at our annual bonfire with friends. I wish I could say that was the end of the garbage, but sure enough, the next day, there was more alongside the road. So, I really like this book. I hope it inspires adults and children alike to take better care of our world.


  7. Congratulations to Charlotte and thanks to Vivian for featuring THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP. Even young children are concerned about the environment. They will love to learn how they can help. What a delightful, empowering story!


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