Recycling gets creative in a new shorewashed nonfiction book

Washed Ashore: Making Art From Ocean Plastic

By Kelly Crull

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Every day we use plastic products. Too many of these products end up in the ocean when we are done with them. In Washed Ashore: Making Art From Ocean Plastica new book by author and photographer Kelly Crull and published by Millbrook Press™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, biology meets art to present fourteen stunning animal sculptures created entirely from ocean waste.

When artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi found plastic litter polluting the beach near her home, she took action. She formed an organization called Washed Ashore and started collecting litter from beaches and using it to create incredible sculptures of wildlife, including a shark, parrot fish, octopus, humpback whale, and more. . 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 sheds light on these spectacular carvings, as well as clues for finding common objects hidden among the debris.

washed ashore provides fascinating facts about every ocean animal, but also calls young readers to action. Inspire budding environmentalists to think of creative new ways to protect the world’s oceans with tips on how to reduce plastic use, host a beach cleanup, and create their own plastic art.

Praise for washed ashore:

“An excellent work on an unusual subject and a must-have for school and library shelves.” — star, List of books

About the Author

Kelly Crull is an author, illustrator and photographer. He first saw the Washed Ashore exhibit at the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since then, he collects plastic at the beach with his children. They usually end up making silly pictures in the sand before safely getting rid of the plastic. Kelly lives with her family near the beach in northern Spain.

About the association

Washed Ashore is a nonprofit community art project founded by artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washed up on beaches she loved and decided to take action. Since 2010, Washed Ashore has treated tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that awakens the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

About the editor

Millbrook Press™, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group™, publishes informative picture books and photo titles for K-5 students. Our authors and illustrators approach school subjects with fresh perspectives, unusual points of view and a healthy dose of humour. Our factual books engage readers with engaging writing, high-quality photography, and a wide variety of illustration styles. We believe nonfiction should be distinctive and memorable, both inside and out.

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Look inside at

Washed Ashore: Making Art From Ocean Plastic

March 1, 2022

$19.99 Hardcover

E-book also available

6 to 10 years old

CS: 978-1-7284-3030-0

36 Pages ● 9 ¼ x 11


CONTACT: Lindsay A Matvick Lerner Publishing Group 8003284929